Maria Lawford

Maria Lawford


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
0775 263 7131

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Therapist - Loughton

Loughton IG10
0775 263 7131
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I usually respond to requests within 24 hours.

Please leave a voicemail, text or email with details of your enquiry and how I can contact you.

About me and my therapy practice

 I enjoy my work as a therapist and clinical supervisor. I have over 20 years experience of working with a variety of psychological concerns related to anxiety and stress, family relationships, work related issues, acute & chronic health conditions, death and dying, separation and loss, trauma & body image.

 As a senior counsellor within the NHS (2005-2021) I worked specifically with acute illnesses and injury, chronic health conditions & palliative care and the impact this had on the emotional wellbeing of all those affected. 

In my working life I seek to work with socially and culturally diverse clients in an open, sensitive and respectful way.  I have experience in working with a broad range of psychosocial problems which include self esteem issues, relationship break ups, family problems, work stress, health problems, increasing anxiety symptoms and many more. For some there is a growing sense of dissatisfaction with life and where they are right now and for others that are troubled by past difficulties that continue to impact on their lives and relationships now. 

Grief and anxiety are experiences deeply felt more recently because of Covid and seeking support during this time of change can be especially important. 

Practice description

I have a private and pleasant consulting room within my own home. Please note that there are no waiting room facilities should we be meeting in person (depending on Covid restrictions).

My room is located on the ground floor and is accessible to those with some mobility issues. Regrettably it is not suitable for those using a wheelchair. 

There is parking on the roadside and the number 20 bus can take you from Debden and Loughton tube stations within 15 minutes;  the bus stops are 2 minutes walk away. 

I also provide therapy online via Zoom and by telephone. 


My first session

I would usually agree a short introductory conversation by phone or online to discuss what is going on for you and what you need. In addition give you a bit of an idea as to how I work too. 

I would encourage you to speak with one or two other therapists to help you decide who might be most suitable for you. 

If we agree, we would organise a first appointment for a more detailed conversation about your current situation and how it’s affecting your life right now. 

I will then need further details about your past  including relationships, work, physical and mental health history, current support, assess any risk in terms of self harm behaviours and whether there is a good support network available to you. It may be at this point that we agree you may need specialist support and that  I need to signpost you to a more suitable organisation.  

Should we both agree that we would like to work together we will agree on when we meet , the amount of sessions, payment and other details. 

This is a collaboration. We will both be working to try and understand what is going on and how to make changes, find a way through or even to adjust to what is happening and how you are feeling. To this effect I  like to ensure that we review regularly and positively encourage feedback. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Infertility, Loss, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Supervisor - Loughton

Loughton IG10
07752637131
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I usually reply to phone or email contact within 24 hours

Please leave a voicemail, text or in an email details of your enquiry and how to contact you.

About me and my therapy practice

I have had the privilege of supervising individuals and groups since 2008 within the NHS,  in private practice and the charitable sector and continue to do so. I have provided reflective practice sessions, support and training to NHS staff.

Btween 2005-21, I worked within the NHS as a psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor primarily with trauma related issues and acute/chronic health problems and its impact on emotional well-being.

In private practice and secondary care I have worked with many supervisees and clients over the years  dealing with end of life, suicidal ideation, existential crises, physical disfigurements, eating disorders, depression, panic attacks, family and work related problems and bereavement etc. 

I hold an Adlerian Integrative Approach Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision. 

Within my working practice as a counsellor and supervisor I respect and value  difference, diversity and equality . I encourage honesty,  creative thinking,  reflective practice and self care. 

I enjoy my supervision work and like to work alongside other therapists and professionals in a mutual endeavour to understand the complexities within the relationships we have with our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. There are many layers to our therapeutic work and with curiosity, compassion, collaboration and containment, supervision can help to maintain good clinical practice and ensure our own personal well-being.    And sometimes it can even be enjoyable! 

Practice description

I have a pleasant and private consulting room within my own home. 

It is accessible to those with some mobility issues as it is on the ground floor although regrettably not suitable for  those using a  wheelchair. 

There is parking on the roadside and the number 20  bus can be taken from Debden and Loughton tube stations with a 2 minute walk from the bus stop. 


I am also using Zoom for virtual appointments and available for phone sessions. In person appointments will begin again once Covid restrictions are completely lifted.  

My first session

I am happy to agree an initial appointment by phone or virtually to discuss what you are looking for. I would always encourage you to seek another supervisor to get an idea of differences in approach before you decide. 

If you still would like to meet, we will  organise a first appointment by phone, virtual or in person (depending on Covid restrictions) for a more detailed conversation about what you need and what your work entails. We will talk about our backgrounds and working models, your experiences of supervision and client work (the good and not so good!) to see if we are a good enough fit and can work together. 

We will review after 3 sessions and continue to do so as timely feedback is important for developing and maintaining a good working relationship for both of us. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited