Maureen Othen. MBACP. Relate Registered Practitioner.
Most people decide to come into counselling because they want to change something in their life. They want to deal with the questions that keep cropping up. They wonder if past events in their life may be affecting how they cope with life today. Look at the regrets you have right now, how can you change that? Everyone deserves a full life.
Over the years 'coping' has probably helped you to manage the difficult times but talking things through really can help you find the courage to leave your comfort zone and tackle some personal challenges. Of course counselling isn’t a magic cure and while counselling facilitates healing and change, it does require that you want to try and change things and are committed to working on yourself and your relationships.
Research suggests that it really is helpful to talk to someone in confidence especially when you are struggling with anxiety, stress, bereavement or just trying to make sense of things around you.
I am an accredited and registered counsellor by BACP and a registered Relate counsellor. I came into counselling after seeing how helpful talking to a trained therapist can be. I know it can help with anger issues, anxiety, depression and grief along with so many other issues.
Please telephone or e-mail me to ask any questions you may have or to arrange an initial session where we can meet and decide how you feel about working together.
The sessions are for 60 minutes and my rooms are in Croydon and Purley. Both are well serviced by public transport and there is parking available outside the room at Purley. In the current pandemic situation I am finding that telephone and Zoom sessions are working well.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B. A. (Hons)
- MBACP (Registered & Accredited).
- UKRCP Reg.Ind. Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Crawley College)
- Diploma in Bereavement Counselling (Greenwich University)
- Diploma in Relationship Counselling (Relate Doncaster University)
- Certificated& Registered Relate Family Counsellor
- Certificated & Registered Relate Young People's Counsellor
- Certificated Emotional Focussed Therapy Counsellor
- Currently undertaking CSTD supervision training.
I have undertaken extra training in working with Affairs & counselling with a sexual focus.
Whilst in private practice I continue to work for Relate as a couple /individual/ family and child and young person counsellor.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
EFT is usually a short term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980's and has developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists. In the last fifteen years, EFT is also used with families and individuals. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements.
Concessions offered for
Individuals and couples £45.00.
Young People £35.0
Availability: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday evenings /Saturday afternoons.
On line and In Person Counsellor. At present I am working mainly on line with zoom and telephone calls
The first session:
In this session I will ask you about yourself and what has made you decide to come to counselling at this stage of your life. This is so we can decide what are the most important things about your life and what goals for counselling you have. Normally I suggest that following the session you give yourself a few days to consider if I am the right counsellor for you and perhaps look at whether you feel a specific period or on-going therapy is the right approach for you. I often start by suggesting a six week programme and then review our work and talk about a way forward.
I have sessions in Purley (free parking directly outside the therapy room) and in Croydon just a one minute walk from the Church Street Stop on the Tram line. Both venues are very easy to access.