I am Maria Mead and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a natural curiosity about human nature. My first counselling role since qualifying in 2008, was working voluntarily for Camden City Islington Westminster Bereavement Service.
Loss comes in so many ways. It’s a life affirming experience to be able to offer a safe and confidential space for people to explore and give voice to their pain and difficult feelings and one I feel very privileged to have been a part of. Since then, I have worked both in the public and private sectors with individuals and couples of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
For the past 8 years, I have specialised more in working with people who are struggling in their relationships. I recognise that relationships are particularly complex and challenging in the 21st century. Traditional views towards sexuality and gender roles are in transition and expectations around what it means to be in a relationship appear to be escalating.
I would describe my approach to counselling as relational. I place great emphasis on the relationship between myself and my clients, since I believe the primary healing tool in counselling is the ‘relationship’. Working with people as unique individuals and not labels is my philosophy and this lies at the heart of my approach.
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 and personality.
Integrative therapy is also about integrating you as a person. It involves looking at how the different parts of you work together – how your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, as well as physical and spiritual health are working together. The aim is not to ‘change’ you, but to help you find balance within yourself.
Training and qualifications
Advanced Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling accredited by British Assoc. of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Accredited member of National Counselling Society
Externship training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Emotion Focused Therapy is based on the idea that emotions are not the only important factors in our lives, but the key to who we are. The theory behind EFT proposes that we construct our very selves based on emotion (Greenberg, 2004).
Graduate of the Couples Institute (USA). The Couples Institute takes a developmental approach to relationship work drawing on different therapeutic approaches, including Attachment theory, Differentiation theory and Neuroscience.
Bereavement training (run by Cruse) with Camden, Westminster, City, Islington Bereavement Service and various other workshop training, including Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with the British Psychological Society.