Thank you for looking at my profile. The world can feel like a very complicated place, and anxiety- from many causes- can be overwhelming. As a counsellor, my aim is to listen to you, the client, hear what you say, accompany you and provide a secure space to explore emotions and conditions that may be troubling or bewildering, or both. Gently, at your own pace, we can go wherever you might need to go. I will support you as we work together, helping you to make sense of your journey. Some feelings and situations that we might work with include: stress, anger, futility, loss, anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, abuse, addiction, or living with addiction, bereavement, shame, self-worth, or simply feeling “out of step” with what’s happening around us. Being able to better understand these feelings and where they might have come from can help resolve difficulties that we might be experiencing in our every day lives, potentially creating longed-for change.
I work in an integrative way- at its foundation lie Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Gestalt approaches. My practice is also informed by Transactional Analysis and Systemic models. What is most important is that I work relationally- the relationship between client and counsellor is the foundation of therapy.. Anxieties and difficulties we might be experiencing deeply often translate to our relationships and it can be hugely useful to explore them non-judgementally in a secure and confidential place. Please visit my website www.merrimayers.co.uk for a more detailed explanation of these approaches.
Therapy can be shorter term, responding to an immediate need for support around a specific issue. It can also be medium, long term, or open ended, more profoundly exploring what could be deeply distressing patterns of behaviour or feelings. Sessions can, when appropriate, take place on a fortnightly basis. Your needs are uniquely yours and can be looked at when we first meet.
I have written a series of short articles around the counselling experience; what it might be like to seek therapy, what it might be like to be in therapy, and what might be surrounding wanting to be in therapy. These are listed below and I hope they might be helpful. If you have any questions, please do get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and hold a BA (Eng.Lit), a Diploma in Professional Studies in Counselling level 6 (University of the West of England), a Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of the West of England), and a Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate (European Association for Transactional Analysis). I am a very experienced, qualified Cruse Bereavement Care Practitioner and I undertake frequent shorter term continuing professional development courses.
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
Fees: £40 per 60 minute session. I believe deeply that therapy should be available to those who need it, so concessions are available by negotiation. I also offer an initial assessment session free of charge. I also work via FaceTime, WhatsApp and by telephone if this of interest to you.
Concessions offered for
Daytime appointments, some evening and weekend sessions available.
My practice is located in Quenington, near Cirencester, on the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders. It is private, and there is ample, free, off-road parking. My ground floor consulting room offers easy access.