Hello, my name is Maria and I am a qualified and experienced BACP registered counsellor and addiction therapist. I deeply believe in the human capacity for change and personal growth. My private practice 'Choosing Change', was set up to offer a warm and empathic therapeutic service to support people through the process of change whether it is something they are contemplating, have already chosen or has happened to them.
Change may mean a new direction, challenging current unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns and creating new coping strategies. Perhaps you would like to gain insight in how to understand yourself or others, events or circumstances in a different way.
As an addiction therapist I am qualified to work with various addictions, but my speciality is substance misuse particularly alcohol misuse and dependency.
I provide a private independent service as I realise that not everyone wants to engage with public funded local community treatment programs that are based on group work. My private practice offers you confidential bespoke one-to one sessions.
I offer therapeutic counselling within a supportive, compassionate and empathic relationship. I work from an integrative approach which means that I believe there are many ways of exploring and understanding human functioning and that no single approach will help all clients in all situations.
Positive ageing and well-being coaching for the over 50s
I am passionate about supporting and motivating people in middle age and beyond who want a very different approach to ageing that they may have observed in previous generations in their family.
Successful 'agers' accept that although our bodies grow older, that doesn't have to stop us continuing to grow and develop and move forward in new directions. Ageing well doesn't just happen; it requires a decision and action. If we choose to, there is a great deal we can do to cultivate a positive approach to ageing that facilitates emotional resilience and a future that is full of possibility. I would love to support you in exploring such a journey
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Both have parking facilities and are on good transport routes.