HelIo! I'm Maria, and choosing counselling for yourself I know can be a daunting and challenging process, but it can also be a liberating journey, allowing yourself an allotted time to focus on you, to talk and work through whatever is going on in your life. Whether that be anxiety, depression, work or school related stress, relationship issues, sexual identity, a mental health diagnosis, or just the enjoyment of remaining mentally healthy.
I hold the belief in my practice that we all have what we need to overcome our inner struggles, but may need help to access those skills and see the connections which were lost or jumbled in our unconscious, to “untangle the ball of yarn” as it were. Counselling offers the support of an impartial, empathic, congruent, supportive (while gently challenging) ear, without fears of judgment or that what you speak about will be repeated without your knowledge. Your confidentiality is key in the counselling relationship.
I work under the umbrella of BCS Counselling Service based in South Wales which is an ethical integrative organisation with the goal of providing accessible face to face, online and telephone psychotherapy and counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Humanistic Person-Centred Counselling Practices and a Certified Trauma Therapist (CCTP/CCTP-11)
I’m a person-centred therapist and obtained a bachelor's degree at Nottingham University during which I had 4 years of experience in Play Therapy. I went on to co-run an art therapy group during a year’s experience as an Art Psychotherapy MA.
I also studying trauma therapy. I've volunteered with Place2Be in schools & YMCA Release Counselling with adults. Additionally, I have worked as a mental health support worker predominantly with Schizophrenics. I’m also a registered BACP member and uphold their ethical guidelines.
I work with young people and adults with a range of issues such as; anxiety which is a major theme for multiple clients, depression or feeling sad, trauma, BPD, bipolar, drug & alcohol use, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, relationship & sexual issues, LGBQ (bi-sexual allied), family dynamics, bi-racial, bullying, school exam stresses, work stress, low self-esteem, general wellbeing and more below.
It's important that you feel you have chosen the right person for you so please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about how I work and the counselling process.