Hello and welcome

We all deserve to be heard and we could all benefit from having the time and space devoted to just that. A safe, neutral place where we know we can be ourselves, free from judgement. The therapy hour is your time and the therapy room is your space for that time.

It can bring about a huge sense of relief to be able to talk to someone who can really listen and understand the world from your perspective. Counsellors are experts at this; we have all – most of us – been in the client chair ourselves. It’s a unique relationship and one based on mutual trust and respect. Most people can benefit from counselling. It’s a gentle, un-ravelling process,  often with life changing consequences.

You may be struggling, but you don’t have to cope alone.  Making the space and time to talk to someone who is trained to listen really can make a difference.

What is counselling?


What are some of the benefits you can hope to gain through counselling?



Telephone: 07940565603   Email: maria.mead1@btinternet.com

About me


I started my counselling career in 2007 as a voluntary counsellor in a bereavement charity in Camden, London.  Through the many people I saw who came through those doors, I learned that all of us experience bereavement or loss of one kind or another and that we all go through the grieving process in our own unique way.  There is no right or wrong way to grieve. The loss of connection to someone we love can be excruciatingly painful to bear alone and bereavement counselling can give you some much needed support.  If you are going through a bereavement or know someone who is, I have written some blogs which may of help which you will find in the Blog section of my website.

Before working as a counsellor I worked in the Legal profession.  The traits of perfectionism and pessimism are prevalent among lawyers and many who work in this field are prone to to anxiety and stress, mostly through work overload.  Sadly, this mostly went unnoticed since  there was (and still is to some extent) a stigma around acknowledging you had mental health problems.  No-one thinks twice about hiring someone to fix their boiler if it’s broken but there still isn’t quite that same openness about mental health or other hidden disabilities. Fortunately, times are changing and people are realising it takes emotional strength to seek counselling support.

Who I work with

Since being in private practice, I  have worked with people aged 18 – 75 from various backgrounds who find themselves in emotional distress or who are experiencing some kind of crisis or loss in their lives. I work effectively with couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties and individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stess-related problems, relationship issues, self-esteem, managing emotions, etc. Not everyone who seeks counselling is necessarily in emotional crisis. You may have reached a ‘crossroads’ in your life and seek counselling support to explore where you are now and get clarity on the direction you wish your life to take.

Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, I would be happy to address any questions you may have in order for you to decide whether we can work together.

Telephone: 07940565603  maria.mead1@btinternet.com

Couples Counselling

Relationship dynamics can feel exhausting, especially if you are stuck in a cycle of blame, criticism and distancing.  When couples argue about issues such as jealousy, money, sex, children, etc, the root of these arguments often stems from one partner not feeling connected, not trusting or not feeling safe and secure with the other partner. Because the person you are attached to is unavailable or not responding to your needs to feel close or supported it can cause you emotional distress, pain and sadness. You may also become anxious, angry, fearful, numb, distant, etc.

Due to our relationship histories and the negative interaction cycles we get into with our partners, many of us have difficulties with trust and in expressing emotions to those who mean the most to us.  As a result of this we develop habit-forming ways of reacting to our partners which ends up causing a lot of pain, injury and despair.

The main aim of couples counselling with me is to work on exploring those patterns and work on changing the negative interactions between you in a neutral, safe, non-judgmental  and confidential environment.

Before long, couples usually begin to recognise and eventually express their needs for love, support, protection and comfort that are often hidden or disguised by angry exchanges of words, withdrawing, sulking, stonewalling, etc.  Partners can then begin to listen with their heart,  which doesn’t mean listening for the meaning of a partner’s words in the literal sense, but listening for the feelings that lie beneath the words. In return, the other partner is better able to respond from their heart in kind.

I view the building of  “a safe haven” in your  relationship as my primary  task and the focus will be on your primary needs –  which is often to  feel  close, secure and responded to.

Once safety and connection have been re-established,  you  will be  better  able to manage  conflict  and  the painful or difficult feelings that will inevitably arise from time to time in a close relationship.  You will also be able to send clearer messages and hear your partner’s perspective without becoming over-whelmed or defensive.

The overall aim of couples counselling is to help you to:-

  • Explore  your presenting issue and how external factors such as family values, attachments, lifestyle and background may affect your relationship.
  • Reflect  on your past in order to see how it operates in the present.
  • Understand  and change your part in the negative cycle between you.
  • Learn  to de-escalate arguments before they get heated.
  • Communicate  from your heart.

Sadly, sometimes couples come to counselling in order to find a way to part amicably – and yet – what might seem like the end – may also signal a new beginning.

Telephone: 07940565603  maria.mead1@btinternet.com



I hold an Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and an Accredited Registrant with NCS (National Counselling Society).  My training is accredited by the BACP and endorsed by the Professional Standards Authority.  (The Accredited Register programme was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.)

I have also undertaken the Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and I am a Graduate of the one year Developmental Model of Couples Therapy training course under Ellyn Bader Ph.D at The Couples Institute.

Telephone: 07940565603  maria.mead1@btinternet.com





Fees & FAQ

How much will it cost?

I charge £45 per individual session and £60 for a couples session.

  • I also offer a limited amount of counselling sessions at a concessionary rate –  usually day time appointments.  Student counsellors in training are welcome.

How many sessions will I need?

Each session lasts for 50 minutes for individuals and 70 minutes for couples.

The number of sessions needed varies. Some people are goal orientated about what they want from counselling and find 6 – 12 sessions is sufficient.  Some people prefer an open-ended arrangement. We can discuss this together.

How often should I come for counselling?

I offer weekly sessions and and most people accept a day and time slot  which they can stick to. There is a degree of flexibility on this  as I understand that may not always be possible when, for example, someone does shift work, although I do stress that I can’t guarantee to hold your space and time if you are unable to attend regularly.  Your continuity and commitment to the counselling process is important in order to derive the benefit from it.

What if I can’t come for a session?

If you need to cancel 48 hours notice is required or you will be expected to pay for the missed session.


Endings in counselling are an inevitable part of therapy.  Your decision to terminate counselling would ideally be discussed during the sessions.  I also have the right to terminate the therapy, if necessary, but not without discussing this with you fully first.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or concerns or if you are trying to decide whether counselling is right for you.

Telephone: 07940565603  maria.mead1@btinternet.com