Maria Lonergan FdA, MBACP Counselling in Walton-on-Thames

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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Walton on Thames, Hersham, Weybridge, Shepperton and surrounding areas


Welcome to my website

Looking for a counsellor and deciding on who to choose can be quite daunting and overwhelming. You may be asking yourself how can counselling help, I feel too ashamed to discuss my issues, what if I find it hard to open up, can simply talking really help, what happens if I don't like the counsellor? This is quite normal and I hope that you will find some answers on my website to questions you may have about counselling and what you can expect.


Why counselling?

Many clients find that it doesn't take too long before the benefits of counselling begin to ripple through their daily life. Clients tell me that just talking things through helps them to see their situation more clearly and they begin to naturally feel stronger and gain more clarity and understanding in making decisions that are right for them.

Changes can be brought about when we face our fears, identify feelings and ways of thinking, see problems in a different light and become aware of patterns of behaviour that do not serve us anymore.

"I found my experience with Maria very helpful and useful. I contacted her when I was going through a tough break up and not only did it help me understand what I was going through a lot better but it helped me understand that I wasn't the only person going through it and I wasn't alone. I learnt a lot about myself and my personality and understood that everyone is in control of their own actions and you can't force someone to love you, be open and honest with you and be loyal and faithful to you, but as long as you don't forget yourself when you go through bad times and learn to focus on you and what makes you happy, when you realise some people aren't the ones you thought they were and not as genuine as you originally thought, as long as you've got yourself and know yourself and trust yourself, you will always have yourself to fall back on. I am not at fault for others actions. I am not to blame for their wrong doings so I should not direct their blame upon myself or punish myself. Maria has helped me feel securer in myself and I now know that I can be that stronger person. I can rely on myself and just because sometimes I may be on my own doesn't mean I am alone or I am lonely. I am me and I am happy being me and I am going to do what makes me happy." S, Walton on Thames


My practice based in Walton on Thames, adjacent to Hersham and Weybridge, provides a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which to explore issues that affect your quality of life. It could be that you have been struggling for some time and have now decided the time is right for you to make changes.

Counselling can be taken on a short or long term basis depending on your needs. Therapy is adapted according to your individual requirements. When you come to see me you are offered a space for exploration that enables you to deepen your understanding of yourself and simply reconnect. This process usually takes place on a weekly basis and at a pace that provides safety and connection for you.


Experience

I offer 1-1 counselling to individuals from age 16+. I have over 7 years experience and almost 4000 client hours as a counsellor working with a variety of issues such as:

  • Abuse (childhood, sexual (both historical and present), ritual, emotional and physical)
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Depression
  • Dissociation (including Dissociative Identity Disorder)
  • Divorce and separation
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating problems
  • Family issues
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Low self-esteem and low self worth
  • Narcissistic relationships (childhood and adulthood)
  • Relationship issues and difficulties
  • Stress
  • Substance misuse (drug and alcohol)
  • Trauma
  • Work related issues

    I have a particular interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse both past and present and clients experiencing relationship and communication difficulties.

    I have a good knowledge and understanding of the impact of being in a narcissistic relationship whether it is in the form of parents, friends, work or partners. I can help you understand the signs of this type of abusive relationship and give you coping mechanisms to help support you.

    I am also experienced in working with clients who have been (and still are being) subjected to abuse (either physical, sexual or emotional) in childhood through to adulthood.

    I work with complex issues at a deeper level allowing you to explore life events that you may find difficult to address or even understand.


  • Professional bodies

    You will also find me listed in the Counselling Directory for professional counsellors. Please click on the following link:

    Registered with Counselling Directory




    Location

    Conveniently based in the High Street, Walton on Thames where there is ample parking nearby, my practice is easily accessible to, Hersham, Cobham, Esher, Weybridge, Sunbury-on-Thames, Shepperton and surrounding areas around Surrey.

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