Marja Coombes


About me

I am a professionally trained fully qualified counsellor/therapist with 20 years experience in private practice working Face to Face and Walk and Talk or online with Face-time-Whats App video-Skype and Zoom or by Telephone.

What ever suits you best.

In Counselling which is a  confidential one hour session,I will help you explore your past and present issues, building self-awareness and understanding and support you and explore with you new ways of thinking and coping.

I will give you my full attention, presence, warmth and time and commitment to explore with you, at your pace, in confidentiality, your life and work together with you to reach a place where you feel more in control and more fulfilled.

Trained in Person Centred and Humanistic Integrative Counselling, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Systemic Family Therapy, using tools from Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. Individual and family therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling.
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision.
  • Higher Degree Groups and Social Studies.
  • Bereavement Counselling.
  • Couples Counselling.
  • Systemic Family Therapy.
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy.
  • Solution Focused Brief Family Therapy.
  • Working with Disruptive Adolescents.

I am a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


I suffered very bad anxiety during the first 'lock down' which impacted on mine and therefore my husband's quality of life, at the time a friend recommended that I contacted Marja for counselling , and we connected through face time once a week for a hour and I was helped immensely and was able to deal with the other 'lock downs' on my own. Rachel.

In counselling Marja cleverly asked questions which lead to my own answers of self discovery and awareness - all very enlightening and uplifting . Just what I needed. I finished each session feeling determined, renewed and motivated for the week ahead. Rob.

I felt listened too and in control of the counseling sessions and dropped the appointments to fortnightly when I felt comfortable to do so. Sue

There is no shame in speaking to a Counselor -nothing to lose- everything to gain. Tim

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counselling for Adults whose lives have been significantly impacted physically and mentally by the Corona virus.  And issues and the consequences of the last difficult year such as : home life, work, financially difficulties,anxieties , worries, relationship issues, grief, depression and loneliness just to name a few.

At present I also see myself as a COVID-19 support Counsellor for NHS workers. Studies have shown the large amount of stress these providers are under not only at work but also home due to the pressure and long working hours.

Therapies offered

  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer some FREE counselling sessions for NHS staff.

Counselling sessions are: £40.- per hour.

Student Counselling or Supervision sessions are: £30.- pounds.

I can offer concessions depending on your financial circumstances.

Supervision sessions are : £50,- pounds .


Appointments available during the day and outside normal working hours. We can use FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp-video, Telephone, Teams, Zoom, Walk and Talk, and Face to Face.

Further information

The initial consultation which is free of charge is an assessment session which gives us both an opportunity to explore what has brought you to Counselling and what your expectations of Counselling are.

I will try to answer all your questions to the best I can and assess if Counselling is the best intervention for you.

It is also very important that we both feel comfortable working together as this is vital if Counselling is to be effective.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Parking spaces for persons with disabled badges in front of the house. Walk and Talk sessions available, when we can not meet inside due to lockdown. Zoom, Facetime, Whatsapp video, Teams, Skype all available online. And hopefully Face to Face soon.

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a qualified and 20 years experienced supervisor, Person Centred and Humanistic -Integrative, Solution Focussed and T.A and Gestalt techniques.

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Marja Coombes

Marja Coombes