As both a Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I work on many levels in different aspects of people's lives. I have worked in private practice for several years and often I work with how anxiety, self-doubt and self-criticism can emerge when we face difficulties. This may lead to polarised thinking about ourselves or our situations. Psychotherapy and Counselling is useful in increasing our understanding and also our choices about how we deal with difficulties. I find realistic but positive support can facilitate people to move from feeling stuck, negative or undecided to increase clarity, consider more choice and seeing potential.
I have experience in working with:
Low self-esteem and confidence ; Anxiety, low mood or depression; Mental health and well being; Relational or familial issues; Self doubt and uncertainty; Stress; Bereavement or loss; Health issues; Difficulties with relationships; Experiences of abuse; Alcohol mis-use; Trauma.
My knowledge and understanding has developed from my wide experience in the following:
Accredited as a Gestalt Psychotherapist (under the name of Maria Siepe) with UKCP.
Accreditedas a Counsellor with the National Counselling Society.
I have worked with a variety of issues supporting people to understand more about themselves and their situations. Gestalt is an holistic therapy that supports people to build self support, increase awareness and understanding, and to consider ways of changing patterns.
More than three years of Advanced Gestalt Psychotherapy training with Gestalt South West with internationally recognised trainers in the Gestalt field, giving experience of work with individuals and groups- Gestalt Southwest.
Trained with a Diploma in Advanced Gestalt Psychotherapy with Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership.
My training as a Psychotherapist was comprehensive in covering many aspects of development, relationships, trauma, mental health etc. A major requirement of psychotherapy training is we have our own weekly therapy throughout to reduce the impact of our own issues on clients and to give us experience of being a client.
Qualified as a Social Worker in 1986 and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council until recently.
My previous career as a social worker supports my Counselling and Psychotherapy practice through the considerable experience I gained of many different people, situations and issues.
I worked in Adult Care for over 30 years in areas such as Mental Health, Older Persons, Physical Ill Health, Learning Disabilities, Autism and related issues. Much of my work involved dealing with people's relationships with partners, friends and families as well as how they felt about themselves in terms of low mood and self -confidence.
Supervisor and Practice Educator in Social Work - gaining a Certificate in Management.
As a Supervisor in social work, I enabled others to build their knowledge, skills and self-confidence - supporting them in their professional development. I worked with employment related issues and organisational changes. My ability to survive a stressful job for 30 years also enables me to support others to manage the stresses of challenging work.
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream” Vincent Van Gogh