Maryam Best

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MA, MBACP(Accred) Reg Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Supervisor
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Helston, TR12 7LZ
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Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Counselling and psychotherapy:

I specialise in online skills for therapy and have spaces available for SECURE VIDEO or VOICE ONLY via (free to download) as well as EMAIL counselling and psychotherapy (this is a versatile and confidential way of working - please ask for details).

I am a qualified, accredited and registered counsellor / psychotherapist. I am BACP and Professional Standards Authority registered and abide by the BACP and ACTO codes of practice.

  • BACP: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • ACTO: Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

Supervision / Supervision of supervisors:

I am a qualified clinical supervisor, serving since 1997. I have extensive experience in working online nationally and internationally and have spaces available for live video and email contact.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • CPCAB cert in online therapy: 2009 - OLT (Online Training for Counsellors Ltd.)
  • MA in Integrative Psychotherapy (specialising in relationship therapy): 2007 - University of East London / Relate Institute
  • PG Dip in Integrative Psychotherapy (specialising in relationship therapy), BACP accredited course: 2005 - University of East London / Relate Institute
  • Relate supervision training: 2001 - Herbert Gray Collage, Rugby
  • Psychodynamic supervision (Part One): 1997 - Leicester University
  • Cert. CC Relate: 1997 - Herbert Gray College, Rugby
  • Adv. Cert. in-person counselling (Psychodynamic): 1997 - Leicester University


Ongoing training is mandatory for all accredited practitioners and includes 30 hours each year. Completed courses, workshops, conferences and further study since the start of my practice in 1994 include a wide range of therapy related topics, covering hundreds of hours to date.


IN-PERSON practice for one to one and relationship counselling and psychotherapy, since 1994-

  • Independent practice
  • With organisations: Relate centres in Leicestershire and Devon, Mind, FirstAssist, WPF, Exeter and Falmouth universities, EAPs throughout UK.

ONLINE national and international counselling/psychotherapy/supervision and supervision of supervisors, since 2009-

  • Independent practice
  • With organisations: Exeter and Falmouth universities

SUPERVISION AND CONSULTATION (individual professionals and groups), since 1997-

  • Independent practice
  • With organisations: Exeter University, Mind, Relate centres (Devon, Cornwall, Avon), Exeter College.


  • M&DE (Music and Dance Exchange), 2004: delivered personal / professional development workshops for collaborating musicians and dancers in Dartington.
  • PG Dip in Couple Therapy, 2005-2007: led personal / professional development group for Couple Therapy students in Bristol.
  • ADVA (Devon County Council) away weekends, 2006-2008: co-delivered personal / professional development workshops for domestic violence and abuse workers in Devon.
  • BACP Research Conference, 2011: delivered my MA research paper.


I practise as an ‘Integrative’ psychotherapist and my work is informed by Systemic and Psychodynamic theoretical models.

The Systemic model helps me keep in mind that:

  • Everyone deserves respect.
  • There’s a context to everything.
  • There are many ways of looking at the same issue.
  • Meanings are important.
  • We are not islands and do affect each other (even when it doesn’t feel that way to us).
  • Making sense of our relationships and roles (either current or past ones) can contribute hugely to our well-being.

The Psychodynamic model helps me keep in mind that:

  • Trust is crucial for therapy to be helpful, and it’s my job as the therapist to facilitate the right trusting conditions.
  • Childhood experiences are powerful and affect us in ways we don’t always understand or even notice.
  • Our capacity for surviving intolerable situations is so great that at times it can interfere with our capacity to relax and enjoy life.

With therapeutic support we can become aware, reflective, and in charge of our lives.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life is not always neat and the listed 'topics' are not necessarily adequate in describing your experience.
Any concerns or life-events that you are currently experiencing, no matter what the causes or triggers, and whether or not listed, are worthy of full attention.
I don't charge for inquiries and clarifications, so please do get in touch.

Photos & videos


From £55.00

Additional information

Counselling / psychotherapy:

Live video:

  • individuals: £55 (fifty minutes)


  • individuals: £60 (one hour of my time)

Face to face therapy:

  • Individuals: £55 (fifty minutes).

Supervision / Supervision of Couple Therapy / Supervision of Supervisors:

Live video: £60.00 (one hour)

Face to face supervision / supervision of couple therapists /  supervision of supervisors; £60.00 (one hour)

When I work

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Further information


I have been in practice since 1994 and as well as In-Person therapy, I offer Online Therapy which you can access from where you are: home, car or while on a walk.

Live video: We can talk and explore your concerns together at an agreed time.

Email: You can gather your thoughts in your own time and send to me in the written form. No need to wait for an appointment. We agree an appointment time for me to reflect on what you have written, and write you back. This kind of communication is useful when you cannot commit to a specific time for therapy, or a live conversation feels like too much pressure.

I also offer face-to-face therapy at Gwendreath in Cornwall where you will be looking at breathtaking sea views while exploring your concerns.

Helston, TR12 7LZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I offer online sessions by SECURE VIDEO, VOICE ONLY or EMAIL.

Additional languages


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In person

Supervision / consultation: I am available for face to face and online supervision / consultation and work with individuals as well as groups of practitioners who work one to one or with couples.

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Maryam Best
Maryam Best