I am a person-centred therapist and being a therapist is what I am passionate about in life. I have been counselling children, young people and adults in the NHS, primary and higher education, charities and private practice, for the past 15 years.

My approach is very much based on responding to a person’s needs. I will not judge you but will accept and respect you, whilst being honest with you. I see you as the one who knows what is hurting and aim to facilitate a way of working through this hurt together. I aim to build an honest and trusting relationship, one where you will feel comfortable to discuss and explore what is happening in your life.

Qualifications

I have the following relevant academic qualifications;

  • MA in Counselling (2010) – York St. John University
  • Diploma in Counselling (2005)
  • Certificate in Counselling (2003)
  • BSc (Hons) Health Studies (2002)
  • Certificate in Youth and Community Work (1999)

I also keep up to date with current issues and complete around 50 hours of Continuing Personal Development (CPD) each year covering topics such as eating distress, suicide and self harm, gender and sexuality, domestic violence, diversity and inclusion, etc.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

Alongside my private practice I also founded and run a counsellors campaign group called Counsellors Together UK where we support counsellors and champion paid work, as well as being the founder and main organiser of National Counsellors’ Day.

Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions you would like to ask me.

enquiries@mariaalbertsen.com

info@ukcounsellors.co.uk