Maria is an Accredited Counsellor with over 15 years experience working with adults, children, young people and therapeutic groups.
Coming into counselling can feel overwhelming, scary and often lonely. As a trained Person-Centred Counsellor, Maria believes her role in the counselling room is to provide a safe space so clients feel able to explore their experiences without fear of judgement. She offers a therapeutic relationship that is warm, empathic and encourages people to tell their story in their own time and in their own unique way. Maria uses her skills, experience and creativity to respond to the individual needs of her clients and works alongside them to help determine their own goals of counselling.
Maria has considerable experience delivering Brief Therapy in a GP setting as well as supporting clients in long term counselling. Alongside her private practice, Maria works in the NHS, collaborating with statutory and community services to ensure children and young people are given every opportunity to develop their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Maria is passionate about removing the stigma around mental health issues and uses her experience as a facilitator and trainer to encourage her clients to learn more about their wellbeing and promote the concept of positive mental health that can be nurtured and developed on a daily basis.
Maria’s work with children and young people is grounded in play therapy and creativity. Sometimes children can find it difficult to find the words to tell their story. Maria offers a variety of creative resources to encourage children to play out what is happening for them so they can better understand their thoughts, feelings, reactions and choices.
Qualifications & Experience
BA Hons in English and History (Liverpool University)
Higher National Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory (Tynemet College)
Post Graduate Certificate in Lifelong Learning (Sunderland University)
The Mindful Therapy Programme (Jesmond Therapy Centre)
Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Supervision Skills (Place2Be)
Extensive training in domestic abuse; issues related to addiction; bereavement and loss; trauma; mental health issues.