A confidential and safe space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life. Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, I hope I can make that process a little easier for you. Life can run smoothly, but sometimes one can feel often thrown ‘off course’ by its complications. Whatever the issues you are facing, past or present, I will be a ‘along side’ you, offering time, and a supportive and empathic space to look at these issues and the feelings that have been evoked within you.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting my site, I hope you find it helpful.
I am an experienced and fully qualified Person Centred counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor and I have been providing both short and long-term therapy to adult individuals FOR OVER 20 YEARS.
My main areas of specialism are serious illness, particularly the area of cancer – however I also work with any health related issues; traumatic life events, bereavement, relationship issues and many other issues listed below.
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If you, or someone close to you has been given a diagnosis of serious illness, you may be experiencing many frightening and confusing feelings; I offer understanding to support and help you with these difficult emotions in a way that possibly others close to you may find difficult – and a trained and experienced counsellor, I can offer you the time, space and safety to explore the complex range of emotions that you may be experiencing.
I work with many different issues therapeutically including:
Serious & Life Threatening Illness & Prognosis
Issues connected to cancer
I am provide supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists, I also offer supervision support to those in the health professions for both group work and individual support in various organisational fields, particularly cancer and all life threatening illnesses. I have many years of experience in providing supervision to individual therapists in private practice, also organisations including staff teams within Hospice, Hospital and other healthcare settings.
I offer a supportive relationship that identifies areas for professional development, whilst exploring ways forward if difficulties arise. reflecting on and linking theory to practice.
My Practice is in Northwood Middlesex, near Ruislip, also near to Rickmansworth, Watford and Bushey in Hertfordshire. This location is convenient for many areas including Stanmore and Harrow in Middlesex, also for Chorleywood in Hertfordshire.
I am currently working Online using Zoom or by Telephone due to the Covid Pandemic
I offer supervision to qualified practitioners, including counsellors and those working in the health professions, this would include:
Those who have a range of specialisms; I work with adults and young people; those who work in a variety of settings, including private practice; those who work within the NHS and in Hospices.
My intention is to provide you with the opportunity to offload case material, reflecting on your practice whilst linking theory to practice.
my hope and intention is that throughout our work together, we will consider self-care, identify areas for professional development whilst being able to recognise when own issues might impact on work, identifying possible courses of action.
If you are looking for a new supervisor, you are welcome to contact me to discuss the possibility of us working together. Please see top of page for my contact details.
In addition to being a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience and Individual Member of BACP I am fully insured and supervised in accordance with their guidelines, adhering to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and to their complaint procedure.
Please see my qualifications and the training I have undergone below:
I have worked as a person-centred counsellor and supervisor for over 20 years both in private practice and within various organisations: NHS Primary Care; St Mary’s School counsellor; Youth counselling agency; Keech Hospice care, where I supported and facilitated staff; Bishops Wood private hospital cancer patients, also staff supervision; supervisor for Lead senior management of Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice; Bereavement counsellor at St Luke’s Hospice. I am very experienced in working with issues around a cancer diagnoses and the subsequent disease process. I work all health issues that affect emotional well being.
Having been a Senior Accredited Member of BACP for many years (since 2009),I have recently returned to Private Practice after a 5 year break, during which time I chose to expand my knowledge and experience in the therapeutic field ; I wished to pursue my continuing interest in the way physical health appears to have a great impact on human psychological experience. I spent a year working on a cancer ward where I supervised Nurses and Health Care assistants. In this role I also worked as a counsellor supporting individuals who had cancer and their families who wished to be supported through this process.In my practice I see Individuals and couples.
I am also a Supervisor to other counsellors.
How can counselling help?
In my experience, the counselling can offer an ideal opportunity to understand various relationships in your life both past and present, this counselling ‘space’ and time allowing you the freedom to explore the myriad of psychological, social and spiritual areas of your life – should you wish to do so; this is YOUR counselling session to use as you wish….this is very much your ‘journey’ for you to travel.
“As you start to walk on the way,
the way appears.”
I work collaboratively with all my clients, facilitating great opportunity to explore a wide range of emotional experiences whilst respecting my clients’ right to autonomy within the counselling relationship.
I believe that as human beings we are our own best authority on our personal experience of life, and I view my role in the relationship as facilitator for growth and healing.
I offer a safe, authentic, non-judgemental and empathic experience within the counselling relationship.
I see counselling as a way of exploring the personal experience of life with a person who is both trained and experienced in facilitating people to search for a more happy, satisfying and meaningful way of living their life; the reasons and desire for counselling are many and varied.
I see individual and couples who wish to discuss whatever issues they feel they wish to talk about.
Whatever the issues that bring people to counselling whether it is divorce or separation, physical health issues or life threatening illness, cancer, life transitions, anxieties, sexuality, grief – counselling can be useful in providing qualified and unbiased support to find a way forward.
Over my many years of experience of supporting and working with clients, I have become increasingly interested in Neuropsychology and the way that emotional issues affect the body as a whole and I enjoy my progression and study in finding out more in this specialised field of work, through my ongoing continuing professional development. As a counsellor, my role is to facilitate and accompany you to on your journey of self-discovery, also to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it…..if you choose to do so.
Just as illness affects your physical health, it can bring up a wide range of feelings that you may be unaccustomed to dealing with. It can also make existing feelings feel more intense. They may change daily, hourly, or even minute to minute. These emotions may be occurring whether you are currently in treatment, finished treatment…or possibly you are a friend or family member. Often the values you grew up with can affect the way you cope with your illness, in particular cancer, which can sometimes have a particular social stigma attached to it. You may, for example:
You may be feeling:
My experience enables me to listen and ‘hear’ you in order to be able to support you, by working with your fears and difficulties together we can out the best coping strategies that you feel will work for YOU.
“It is my experience, that by discussing my difficulties with Marion, and by the way in which she has helped and supported me, has enabled me to live a more fulfilled life.
With Marion’s help I feel that I can move forward in my life; this has been an incredible ‘journey’. To find out who I really am and what works best for me in my life, has been an amazing process of realisation and understanding.”
“l went to see Marion because I had a number of family relationship difficulties.
For many months I attempted to resolve these on my own, resisting going to talk to a ‘stranger’ who I thought wouldn’t understand my family, or the complexity of the issues.
After plucking up the courage to make contact with Marion, we started working through my various family complications. I found the whole process to be very gentle because did not feel ‘judged’ – it was as if her understanding seemed to help me disentangle and release my feelings and emotions in such a way that I could actually ‘see the wood’ including the trees!
Such a worthwhile experience…thank you Marion.”
The Covid -19 pandemic has impacted hugely for a many people, and for some, has and continues to be one of the most difficult situations that many people have experienced. Life may have become:
Changed – in many ways
Many of my clients have that found that talking through these issues with an experienced and empathic counsellor, has been a very positive and helpful experience.
I am currently offering Online counselling via Zoom or Telephone
I see clients clients during the day, some evenings and occasional weekends.
When the Covid-19 situation stabilises , I intend to resume face to face client work. I will however, still be offering Online Counselling.
My private practice is in Northwood, Middlesex HA6 and is easily accessible, located near Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Watford, Bushey, Stanmore and Harrow.
Please contact me, free of charge for information on how counselling may be of help to you.
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