About Margaret

I know from personal experience that recognising that you may benefit from some help and starting to look for it is a massive first step.

The next step is to find a counsellor who is right for you. Someone you can trust and connect with. I believe that the relationship that is formed between the counsellor and the client in many ways IS the therapy and I have experienced the warmth and privilege of that profound human connection many times. 

As your counsellor, I will not judge you or give you advice but will listen and provide a safe space for you to tell your story in your own way and in your own time. I will help you to make better sense of the things that have happened to you and that have contributed to how you think and feel about yourself today.

Counselling will help you to find out and accept who you really are – as opposed to who you think you are or have come to believe you should be. This may involve you changing how you think and behave or it may involve becoming more reconciled with things as they are- or a mixture of both. 

If I am the right person for you- if we “click”- counselling will help you to feel better– it will increase your options and your ability to make conscious choices - to become more comfortable and confident in your own skin- to be your best self for more of the time.


Empowering
Genuine
Integrity
Compassionate
Relatable

Specialisms

Margaret's Rates

In Person

£40.00 (Individual)

Phone

£40.00 (Individual)

Video

£40.00 (Individual)
Margaret

Get to Know Margaret

Why did you choose to become a therapist?

After a career in Human Resources I felt I had transferable skills and knowledge and wanted to put them to use in the service of individual rather than corporate clients. When I began retraining as a therapist I didn't realise how much personal development was involved and how much it would change me for the better. Now, while helping clients, I am constantly struck by how much I continue to learn and benefit from the unique relationship that develops in our sessions.

Why do you think integrative therapy is the most effective form of therapy?

Being an integrative therapist means that I can draw on more than one theoretical model and use whatever approach seems to meet client’s needs and expectations best. It allows me to fit interventions to the client rather than the other way around and to be responsive to his/her needs. Being an integrative therapist means that I seek to empower clients by enhancing their awareness and acceptance of how past issues may still be affecting them as well as by acquiring new life skills, such as assertiveness, and different coping strategies.

How would you describe your therapy session & approach?

Building a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship is essential and I strive to remain present and connected at all times, reverting to non-directive listening and reflecting back to give the client the time and space he/she needs. I time interventions to the client's readiness and willingness to engage with the counselling process and introduce them as appropriate via explanation and/or self help activities. My primary concern is to keep client ‘safe’ at all times. I encourage the client's active participation in the counselling process from the beginning and re-contract to refine his/her expectations as the counselling progresses.

What are your Top 3 professional achievements so far?

The connection I have with clients and the positive feedback I receive from them Being able to apply relevant counselling theories to client issues Producing personalised handouts and/or making recommendations to online resources for clients to use as self-help activities