Madeleine Coates

Madeleine Coates

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Guildford

Guildford GU1
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am a Relate trained counsellor offering relationship therapy to couples and individuals. I help people who are impacted by issues around the way they relate to others and are struggling to achieve improvement in this area. This may involve looking at underlying issues, patterns of conflict, communication challenges, parental differences, feelings about roles and responsibilities, beliefs from childhood and other difficult life obstacles.

Personal history can lead to behaviours that you struggle to cope with and find that these have become intertwined in current or recent relationships, I help to unravel the complexities that can result and support you achieve change.

Conflict can be a difficult obstacle to overcome for couples and individuals and I support them to examine a new way of relating and managing differences. 

Differences can manifest as noisy and confrontational or silent and distant and I see many versions, each a unique blend of the individuals past and present experience of life.

Practice description

I listen to your story and from this I use systemic, psychodynamic and person centred methods to look at the ways in which you can work towards your goals such as improved communication, reducing rows, resolving parenting issues, recovering from a betrayal or loss, understanding repeated unhelpful behaviours.

Research shows that many life difficulties have a relationship breakdown as the origin and so by attending to your relationship you are looking after your future self.

My first session

An initial phone call of 15 minutes will be held free of charge to enable you to explore if counselling with me feels like a suitable option for you. 

The first session is an assessment of your issues that you feel you face, a decision on the best help for you which could be couple counselling, individual counselling or recommendation to another service. The next steps include some goal setting to clarify what we are working on together and an outline of how we will review this.

This session will also set out the length and frequency of the sessions. Most commonly sessions are 50 minutes long but I do recognise that in some circumstances stories can be difficult to tell and that extended sessions may be necessary.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Trauma

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples

How I deliver therapy

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