Marie Williams

 
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Marie (LLB., Dip. Couns., MBACP) works in private practice as a humanistic counsellor and is registered with the BACP.

For several years she has also worked for a counselling service with clients from a variety of backgrounds who, in turn, have provided her with a wealth of experience.

Sometimes people feel as though they have no one to talk to or that there is no one who understands them and what they may be going through.   Perhaps they are suffering with anxiety, panic, low self-esteem, loneliness, lack of confidence, depression, feeling sad, have family issues or would like better relationships. 

It is Marie's belief that self-awareness is central to personal growth and to developing towards full potential and that, sometimes, this self-awareness can become blocked by unhelpful patterns and behaviours that can leave people feeling frustrated and unhappy. To this end, she offers face-to-face, one-to-one  weekly support to adults of all ages seeking change in their lives so that they may live more authentically - that is, as true a person to themselves as is possible. 

She has worked with a variety of issues from childhood abuse (including sexual, physical, emotional, bullying, homophobia, neglect), relationship problems, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, loss, bereavement, racism, challenges relating to sexuality, self-esteem etc. through to the feelings of shame, guilt, unhappiness, sadness, jealousy, anger etc. which can often afflict those who have survived such difficulties.  Special interests include all forms childhood abuse - including where aggravating factors have been present; e.g. where the parent(s) has/have been addicted to drugs/alcohol, depressed and/or suicidal in addition to being abusive.

Marie's style is plain-speaking, warm and non-judgemental.  She is conscious of the fact that counselling may appear unnerving or intimidating and always does her best to put you at ease as she listens to your concerns - all in complete confidence and within a safe environment. 

Sessions may be short-term or open-ended (i.e. for as long as you feel you need them) and Marie is interested in hearing what is really going on for you, in exploring your needs and in working jointly with you towards getting them met.  She trained at the Gestalt Centre, London, and is qualified in Gestalt Therapy and Humanistic Counselling.  

Prior to training as a counsellor, she worked as a legal and generalist adviser helping people with wide-ranging legal and practical issues in areas such as housing, immigration, employment, consumer law, personal injury, negligence, discrimination and debt.  It was in this role that she became fascinated with how clients' mental health not only impacts their physical health (and vice versa), but also how mental health affected clients' ability to cope with the vicissitudes of daily life.