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Psychotherapy & Counselling in Dunstable, Bedfordshire

If you are struggling with life or feel you need relationship or marriage counselling Maria can offer guidance and coaching for any issues you may have.

Opening up to the people we are closest to is difficult, and talking to a complete stranger about personal and private feelings can initially seem even more challenging. However, Maria strives to make everyone as relaxed and comfortable as possible, and she will go at a pace comfortable for you.

Maria takes a pro-active approach to all individuals, couples and group therapy sessions, creating forward momentum so you can see the progress towards improving your state of mind and mental health. Maria has 25 years of experience in psychology, psychotherapy and counselling as well as work related issues, stress and depression. Maria began as a trainee counsellor and dealt with a diverse range of personal issues. She went on to work as a Clinical Consultant and Assistant Psychologist and experienced dealing with more acute mental health issues. Maria also does work with business clients and work place dynamics. Additionally, she has clients who want to know more about their personalities and how to use positive psychology and therapeutic understanding in relation to their own development. Lastly, she is extending her research and working practice to healthcare professionals and the integration of different fields. These include the addiction and psychotherapy fields, coaching and analysis and general deployment of humanistic knowledge. She also supports other innovational practices as a Supervisor and Consultant, supplying general consultation and treatment in the fields of mental health, addiction and emotional intelligence.

Maria previously had practices in Birmingham and London, but her private practice is now based completely in the southern area where many different issues are worked with and processed. Please take a look at the practice page of the website for further information about the services Maria can provide.

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Maria Moore Integrative Psychotherapist Maria has an Honours Degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and also a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. Maria is an Associate of the British Psychological Society, is accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She is an Integrative Psychotherapist with a very successful, diverse and interesting practice. She started in the field 25 years ago and has built up a practice that encompasses many different client groups and services. These range through psychology, coaching, consultancy and personality profiling with business clients, employees, professionals and celebrities. She treats stress, depression, addiction, relationship issues and complex family dynamics. Additionally, she has many years of experience working on the more complex side of therapy including obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline cases and personality disorders. These often involve other techniques that include psychological testing and input from other health care professionals.

Maria’s success rate is very high and often clients experience the work as a positive life project that is embraced and cherished. Much focus is on working within a trusting relationship, which enhances and appropriately empowers individuals, couples, families and groups to embrace learning and fulfil potential. Maria is a humble but potent working practitioner who believes that it is important for her as a practitioner to make herself available economically to as many people that she can. This is due to the wide range of clients with whom she comes in contact. As a result, her fees are a negotiable process that can contribute to the therapeutic alliance.

Being Integrative, Maria uses different models, styles and techniques that complement support and reinforce working potently and creatively. People may choose to work with Maria if they want to understand themselves more and gain insight and self-awareness. This can range from company owners, leaders or managers who need consultancy support in understanding staff dynamics and how they can impact systems operations - to individuals who are struggling in life and want some support, empathy and the possibility of resolution of re-occurring problems.

Historically, Maria has had practices in London and Birmingham. She also held a position in a therapeutic community for treating acute mental health problems which has informed her work and interest in the potency of healing in groups. This led her to undertake research and development into therapeutic communities and belonging and led eventually to the first ever project involving the creation and operation of an experimental online therapeutic community which provided a pilot study of the impact and importance of these modern online methods on providing healing for individuals. This was in operation when the idea was radical in our society, and since then, many have been developed, serving and supporting lots of people. Maria believes ultimately that pioneer work and innovation should be applied to achieve progress in helping people. Presently, she mainly operates privately in pleasant, comfortable and confidential surroundings. She also provides supervision to various organisations. In addition, she has co-founded a development company called Kinesis which is all about empathy, growth and going beyond our standard norms. People can really get the life they desire if they apply themselves to their own personal development.

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As an integrative psychotherapist Maria works creatively with diversity. She uses different models, styles and techniques that complement, support, and reinforce working potently and creatively. People may choose to work with Maria if they want to understand themselves more and gain insight and self-awareness. This can range from company owners, leaders or managers who need consultancy support in understanding staff dynamics and how they can impact systems operations - to individuals who are struggling in life and want some support, empathy and the possibility of resolution of re-occurring problems.

This includes applying many techniques to various issues and different contexts, from people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and addiction to business support and personal development. Maria has worked in the commercial field with staff and employers in relation to conflict and communication. Also, she has worked in therapeutic communities, with more difficult and acute cases of personality disorder and various dysfunctions. She really believes the working relationship holds the key to learning on many levels.

Maria has had many enquiries which have shown her how people can be confused about the different working practices that exist in the field of counselling, psychotherapy and psychology. Here she has decided to put on her website a brief and informal definition of all her applications to how people can work together. Maria hopes that this provides a basic informative overview of what the terminology means and how it may work for the benefit of individuals and the reasons for which they may consult her.

Psychology is a discipline created by scientists and philosophers of various persuasions in order to fulfil the need to understand the mind and better explain peoples’ behaviour. It is an attempt to research and explore that, which in the past, has been greatly misunderstood. In addition, counselling is a generic term used to cover several processes of guiding, interviewing and supporting, designed to help an individual solve problems, plan for the future and resolve life difficulties.

Psychotherapy is a set of procedures or processes that have palliative or curative effects upon any mental, emotional or behavioural disorder.

As an integrative psychotherapist Maria works in a way to fit clients’ individual needs and thus does not apply a particular model to all people. “One size fits all” is not her belief or frame of reference. Many techniques and psychological tools are applied to develop a potent working process and an alliance of communication. This provides a relationship to work with awareness and unconsciously provides a safe basis for change and development in many diverse areas.

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What is the difference between counselling and psychology?

Counselling is the generic term used to cover several processes of guiding designed to support an individual. Psychology is not easily categorised, but it is what scientists and philosophers of various persuasions have created to try to fulfil the need to understand the minds and behaviours of the complexity of man, and thus offers a distinct discipline in a diverse variety of areas, from clinical, to organisational, to educational.

What's the difference between psychotherapy and psychiatry?

Psychotherapy is, in the most general sense, the use of absolutely any technique or procedure that has palliative effects to lessen pain or suffering, upon any emotional or behavioural disorder. Psychiatry is the specialisation within medicine, encompassing prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research of mental disorders.

Will I get 'fixed'?

This in itself relates to people's negative perception of themselves. It is much more about the release of suffering and balancing out one's personality. This can be liberating as people let go of some of the unnecessary emotional clutter they carry with them through life.

How long will this take?

This is rather dependent on what is presented and what individuals want to work towards. If the work is brief then it is usually focussed on specific difficulties for which solutions can be found. However, if it is life changing work then it is often a process that itself relates to the therapeutic alliance and a relationship that provides the healing, which takes more time.

I am such a mess, how can you possibly help me?

People often feel like this and are then surprised at how their lives can start making sense as they work through issues that before seemed unresolvable.

If I do this work, will it change me so much that I will seem different to everyone?

The anxiety of change is common and people often find that subtle changes in their life have profound effects that are positive. When individuals start making changes, it can be empowering and decisions can be made in a much clearer sense. One can be seen as different in behaviour such as assertiveness in choices, but that does not mean that they are a completely different person.

I don't believe in all this talking therapy stuff. How can talking work?

I personally understand why individuals are resistant to believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship that is sometimes connected by talking. However, being attuned to, supported, heard, understood and empathised with provides a quality of therapeutic relationship that has incredible effects upon one's psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Why am I so anxious about seeing you or starting therapy?

It is understandable and natural that undergoing therapy provokes anxiety because one is taking oneself into a process where one can feel emotionally naked. It is the therapist's job to provide a safe environment where individuals can work, learn and evolve whilst simultaneously feeling emotionally secure.

If I leave can I come back?

If people want to come back to do more work then I believe that is a positive process. If they are anxious about leaving because of any potential co-dependency on the therapist then it is up to the therapist to encourage and support the individual in letting go and living the life they have the potential to live. Autonomy should not be compromised by therapists rescuing when it is not necessary to do so. However, it is perfectly acceptable to re-contract for work going towards individuating from the therapeutic process.