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BA (Hons) Dip Couns (MBACP)

About me

Hello and Welcome

Are you going through a difficult time? Seeking help is a positive step.

My name is Maryann and I am an experienced BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist.  My aim is to give you the time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings, without fear of criticism or judgement, in a safe, supportive, empathic and caring environment.

I am currently providing counselling and psychotherapy over webcam and telephone, and completely understand that this may not be your preferred choice during this difficult time.  I would like to offer reassurance that I have been specifically trained to provide this service.

There are times when many of us feel we could benefit from emotional support and although making that first step to see a counsellor can seem enormous, it is a really positive step as talking in confidence to a professional counsellor can help bring clarity and healing and give you much needed support during a painful or anxious time.

Counselling can help you make sense of your emotions and responses and empower you to make changes in your life.  It facilitates the freedom to talk openly and confidentially, in a place where you will be really listened to.

Ordinarily my  main practice is based in the Bournemouth Road area of Parkstone, where I use professional counselling rooms, within easy reach of Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.  There is a regular bus and train service and free on road parking.  I also have therapy rooms in the BH9 area of Bournemouth

In addition I offer webcam and telephone counselling or home visits to clients who are home bound or in residential care.

I am able to work with clients who present with a range of concerns and for several years I have worked at a respected local charity counselling adult survivors of childhood abuse.  I am experienced in working with trauma, dissociation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

I have also worked as a counsellor within the drug and alcohol services, both at the assessment stage, when clients first enter treatment, and again during their treatment programme.  I later worked with clients who had completed abstinence programmes and needed support in maintaining their recovery.

Other areas I can help with include depression, loss, bereavement, stress, anger management, relationship breakup and employment issues.

I offer short, medium and long-term counselling to adults and young people over 18.   I  also offer concessions to trainee counsellors who are completing their personal therapy and to people who are on a low income or who are unemployed.

For more information please see my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • CPCAB Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Proficiency BACP
  • Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
  • Trauma Dissociation and Self Care
  • Dissociative Eating       
  • Surviving Childhood Abuse and Parenting
  • Certificates in Tackling Substance Misuse 2 and 3
  • Sexualised trauma
  • Trauma and the impact on the Body
  • Working with Shame              
  • Working with Self-harm            
  • Risk Assessment of Domestic Abuse and MARAC process
  • Safeguarding Children      
  • Safeguarding Adults                   
  • Mental Capacity Act

I trained primarily as a Person-Centred therapist and I am also experienced in other modalities and therapeutic approaches and work as an integrative therapist.  I find this approach allows for more flexibility in helping with a variety of difficulties.

I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.

To enhance my practice I attend regular professional development training, seminars, events and conferences with a particular interest in trauma, dissociation, attachment and neuroscience.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in helping people with symptoms of anxiety and trauma related difficulties.


Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Finding the right counsellor is important, therefore I offer an initial 50 minute consultation at a reduced rate of £30.00.

Counselling sessions are £45.00

I offer concessions for those on a reduced income

I offer a reduced rate of £35.00 to trainee counsellors who are completing their personal therapy.

Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer on the day of your appointment.

When I work

Monday to Saturday 8am until 8pm

Further information

If you feel I can help or you would like further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

My contact details are:

Phone: 07511 823534

Email: email me here


Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9

Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, BH14

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

I am currently offering On-line or Telephone Counselling when appropriate. Please get in touch with me if you feel I may be able to help during this difficult time

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