Background, Theory, Experience

Background:-

Before working as a counsellor I worked in the Legal profession.  The traits of perfectionism and pessimism are widespread amongst lawyers and many who work in this field are prone to anxiety and stress.  In a male-dominant profession, there can be an internalised sense of fear and shame in acknowledging you need support.  Fortunately,  a growing number of men, as well as women, are recognising that it’s perfectly normal to seek professional help.  Having first hand knowledge of the corporate environment, I work effectively with people suffering from workplace stress and emotional burnout.

Experiencing a significant loss was the motivating factor that challenged me to question life and understand myself better. Not surprisingly, I started my counselling journey by becoming a voluntary counsellor for a bereavement charity in 2007. I  understand that coping with the loss of someone or something you love is one of life’s biggest challenges.

Counselling Style

I offer an integrative style of therapy; which basically means I will combine and use principles, skills and knowledge from several specific therapy approaches, tailored to support your individual needs.

Theory of Practice

Having a sound theory provides the framework for effective counselling. The theory for my professional integrative counselling training was Petruska Clarkson’s 5 Stranded Relationship Model.  She suggests there are 5 relationship stages that clients go through:-

  1. The Working Alliance Relationship
  2. The Transferential/Counter-Transferential Relationship
  3. The Reparative/Developmentally-needed Relationship
  4. The Person-to-Person Relationship
  5. The Transpersonal Relationship.

As John Rowan says in his book (The Reality Game: Routledge 1998):-

“If we say that human beings exist on at least five levels – body, feelings, intellect, soul and spirit – then we have to do justice to all five of these levels in all of our efforts at realising human potential. If I want to be that self, that I truly am, then I have to be it on all five of these levels”

Experience

I qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2008. My professional training is accredited by the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)  and endorsed by the Professional Standards Authority.

Most of my self-awareness, skills and knowledge is based on personal experience and what I learned from the univesity of life.

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Counselling  is not an experience to be feared.  It is a gentle, un-ravelling process and yet it can be life-changing.  Why not give it a try?

Telephone:

07940565603

Email:

maria.mead1@btinternet.com