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Maria Lawrence 



The fact you're here means you've taken the first steps towards making positive changes in your life. Whatever issues you find yourself struggling with, there is no need to deal with them on your own.  I believe we all have the potential to lead fulfilling, meaningful and happy lives, and that therapy can be the key that helps unlock this potential.

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Facing Life's Challenges

From the moment we draw our first breath, our journey through life begins.  We each travel our path as best we can, but inevitably, at times, there will be obstacles to negotiate and hardships to overcome.  At these

times of challenge, we may feel we have nobody to

turn to for support, or it may be that we prefer not to burden those around us with our troubles.  Even when we are surrounded by concerned and sympathetic people, it is possible to feel alone.

Deciding to Seek Support

Seeking the support of a counsellor or therapist can feel like a big step, and it's perfectly natural to have reservations about this decision.  We may feel daunted at the prospect of sharing our thoughts and feelings with another person, or scared about finally saying certain things out loud.  Many of us cope by bottling our emotions up.  Simply deciding where and how to begin can feel overwhelming. 

How Therapy can Help

Some clients come to therapy with immediate issues they wish to explore, while others feel that events from the past are preventing them from moving forward.  For many, the experience of being unconditionally respected and understood by their therapist can bring with it peace and healing.  Others find that in addition to this core approach, techniques from models such as CBT, Mindfulness and Psychoanalysis can help.

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Working Collaboratively

Much like life, therapy is a journey.  In the comfortable rooms I work from in Bishops Stortford, I aim to provide a safe and welcoming space in which you can travel through your story at your own pace.

Regardless of the issues you bring and which approach you prefer, I will offer you a non-judgmental, empathic and confidential therapeutic relationship, every step of the way.

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About my Practice

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist.  This means I work with clients using a range of therapeutic approaches, depending on their needs and preferences.  I am experienced in working with children, young people and adults, and currently work at a primary school as well as in private practice.


My private practice is based in Bishops Stortford; easily accessible via public transport, and with several public car parks. 

I am able to provide both short-term and open-ended therapy, and offer potential new clients a free-of-charge initial consultation.  This may take place either over the phone, or via an online platform such as Skype.  Initial consultations typically last around 20 minutes, and give you the opportunity to decide whether I might be the right therapist for you.  Subsequent

face-to-face sessions are 50 minutes long, and are charged at £60 each.

In addition to face-to-face therapy, I am happy to conduct sessions both online and over the telephone.  These sessions are also 50 minutes long, and are charged at £50 each.

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