My name is Maria Edwards and I am a qualified, registered and experienced counsellor. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space where you can explore your own feelings and thoughts.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I am therefore bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. This ensures that I work safely and ethically with my clients.
I provide a safe, non-judgemental, supportive, confidential, private, and quiet space where you can explore experiences, thoughts, feelings, memories and losses, that may be getting in the way of your daily life and of feeling at ease with yourself and others.
Often, past and current life events affect our lives, thoughts, behaviour and decisions. Counselling can help explore patterns of behaviour, and patterns of relating to others. Exploring thoughts and behavioural patterns can facilitate an increased awareness of self, and with this new found self-awareness, people can change the way they live their lives, putting them in control of the decisions and choices they make.
I have experience in working with adults from a range of ages, sexualities, backgrounds and cultures, and have been moved and privileged to be part of their individual journeys. I have seen them through tears, heartache, despair, as well as joy and relief when they start to realise their own personal changes, strengths and growth.
I am a Humanistic & Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am predominantly Person-Centred in my approach, although I have also trained in various other approaches including Gestalt counselling, and I integrate elements of other approached into my work.
This means that I believe we all have a tendency to make changes and move towards what we need in life, as long as we are provided with the core conditions to help facilitate these changes. I do believe that the core conditions I offer in my counselling room (empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard) can facilitate self-awareness and growth in clients.
Many of us learn, through our life experiences, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore, we find it difficult to accept them ourselves. This can result in anxiety, depression, shame, self-hatred, self-destructive patterns, and other forms of distress, as we adapt ourselves to behave in a way which we feel is acceptable to others. In doing this, we ignore our true needs.
In a healing relationship with an empathic therapist, we can explore and experience these needs and feelings and be able to accept them in ourselves. When we accept that our own needs and feelings are valid (eg. need for love, respect, acceptance, relationships etc) we become better equipped to meet them, to trust ourselves, and find our way to a more authentic and fulfilling life.
If you come to counselling with me you will be setting the pace of the work. We will work with whatever you wish to bring and at whatever pace and depth you choose. I will facilitate the work, but you are the expert of your own experiences, and I will support you to grow and feel more confident about trusting yourself.
Finding the right counsellor to work with is of utmost importance for the therapeutic relationship to be effective. If you are interested in exploring what it might be like to work with me as your counsellor, please do get in touch by messaging me through this site or calling me on the number provided.
I will offer you a FREE TELEPHONE ASSESSMENT which should take about 20 minutes. Once we have talked over the phone, if you feel I am the right counsellor for you, we can go ahead and book your first face-to-face session.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB - Counselling Studies
CPCAB - Counselling Skills
BACP - Certificate of Proficiency
CPD (Continued Professional Development):
Awareness of Eating Disorders
Essentials of Couples Counselling
Family & Relationship Counselling
Understanding Dissociative Disorders
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Anxiety & Resilience
I have been a volunteer counsellor a Women's centre in Bedfordshire, where I worked with women with a wide range of issues, including physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, childhood trauma, depression, self-harm, relationship issues etc.
I also have over 14 years experience in the weight-loss industry and understand that weight issues go far beyond simply what people eat. I realise that there are deep, often unspoken, reasons why people have difficulty with weight and body image.
Areas of counselling I deal with:
Affairs and betrayals
Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
Child related issues
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with:
Difficulty relating to others
Lack of direction
Loss (in it's many manifestations)
Lack of self-belief
Lack of self-confidence
Fees: FREE TELEPHONE ASSESSMENT
Face to Face Sessions (all 60 minutes):-
£40 - Individuals
£50 - Couples
£30 for 11 to 17 year olds
£35 - Counselling Students
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I meet regularly with a Clinical Supervisor to review my work, and to ensure that I am working in the best interest of my clients at all times. I do not divulge names of my clients so you can be assured that your identity is kept confidential.
I am fully insured.
Day time and evening appointments available.