Mieke McLarty BA (Hons), FdSc Counselling, Registered MBACP
My philosophy – Sometimes we need a little extra help
Sometimes turning towards family or friends does not feel right or possible. When you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed, hurt or in despair counselling is another option.
I am a relational therapist and counselling is primarily about relationships. It can be the relationship you have with yourself, with your partner, or others. I am supportive, empathic, non-judgemental and trustworthy and this creates a safe environment for you to be able to say the things you need to say in order to heal.
I offer a unique space that is separate from friends and family.
What I offer
I listen to understand you as an individual and to help you develop an awareness of your emotions and feelings. By understanding yourself better you can make the changes necessary to have a more fulfilling life.
I am like a nurturing parent and I want the best for you.
I work with individuals and couples.
I have been working in the helping profession for over 10 years. I worked with young people aged between 12 and 25 between 2012 and 2016, and adult survivors of rape and sexual violence between 2013 and 2018. I was a counsellor/support worker for the IICSA Project (Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (2016/2017).
As well as private practice I currently work with the Victims First Specialist Counselling Service to provide therapeutic interventions to victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
If you have been a victim of crime and require support you can contact Victims First on 0300 1234 148 or by visiting www.victims-first.org.uk
I have worked with many different issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-harm, trauma, rape, child sex abuse, suicidal thoughts and bereavement.
I am integrative counsellor and work with the individual's unique experience using a variety of approaches that integrates many theories, including psychodynamic and humanistic. We are all unique and by using a broad range of approaches this will help you make sense of what is troubling you and enable you develop positive strategies to manage the issues you face.
Working with couples, the issues that arise can be:
* a partner has been unfaithful
* you feel unable to manage conflict in a healthy and productive way
* there is a sense of distance in the relationship and you feel unable to reach out to each other
* difficult conversations may be avoided to prevent arguments
* arguments become circular and spiral down to familiar unresolved issues
* feelings of hurt, anger, resentment remain after conflict giving rise to feelings of isolation
* you feel unhappy because you do not feel heard or understood
* past unresolved issues or trauma may be impacting the relationship
In therapy I can support you both to emerge from your negative cycle to a place where you can re-discover mutual needs, gain understanding and build a physically and emotionally stronger relationship.
Finding a couples or individual counsellor that you feel comfortable with is very important. If you would like an informal initial chat to find out whether we can work together, please do contact me. You are under no obligation to book an appointment. My mobile is: 0779 358 2000 or email: email@example.com
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling,
Higher Education Diploma Counselling,
Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in:
Fundamentals of working with couples:
* working with the relationship dynamic
* patterns of intimacy/sexual relating/problems
Meeting your partners needs
* Exploring How People Get Their Needs Met In Relationships, based on work by Anthony Robbins and Harville Hendrix
Therapeutic aspects of working with sexual violence
Impact of Sexual Violence
Rescuing the inner child
Sexualised Trauma training with Zoe Lodrick
Policy and procedure for pre-trial therapy
Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
The body keeps the score training with Christianne Sanderson
Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors; overcoming self-alienation – Janina Fisher
The role of power and control in sexual violence – Christianne Sanderson
StopSO (Stop Sex Offending)
Working with individuals who have been convicted or accused of sex offending.
Safeguarding Young People
Introduction to MindEd Core Content
Introducing Child Development
People Working in Child Mental Health
Attachment & Human Development
Safeguarding Adults Level 1 - Awareness.
I have a current Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate for working with children and young people.
Registered member of the BACP No: 157348.
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
I have been trained also to work with sex offenders and have experience of online offences.
£50 for individuals and £60 for couples for a 60 minute session.
Working with a counsellor requires a relationship of trust, honesty and support that allows you to be the person you really are – without limitations, without censorship and definitely without feeling judged.
It's important to 'shop around' for a counsellor you feel comfortable working with, and this could involve finding out more about them and how they work. My aim is to give you as much information as possible without using too much jargon.
Finally, remember counselling is an investment in yourself…….invest wisely and well.
Concessions offered for
I am currently available on Wednesdays and Thursdays and offer daytime and evening appointments.
Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).