Maria (Integrative Counsellor)
Originally from Italy, Maria has been living in London since 1985. She worked for several years for a counselling agency where she was trained in Play Therapy, Couples Therapy, Self-Harm and Suicide Awareness, Loss and Bereavement, Trauma and Depression. She worked for a charity that deals with Domestic Violence and working with male and female victims gave her an insight of the trauma and the destructive effects that spouse/partner/family can inflict to his/her nearest. She worked as a school counsellor in a residential special school for boys aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional, and mental health difficulties.
As well as working at Aurora, Maria works as a play therapist in primary schools with children that experienced trauma in their lives; helping them to build up resilience with trauma counselling, creative art and play therapy.
Maria believes we are unique individual, conditioned by our background, mental development and outlook, surroundings and experiences. Creating an open-minded and healthy therapeutic relationship is the basis of her approach where a person has the chance to trust him/herself, others and the process of changing. What she gives is a safe, warm and compassionate environment in which the client will feel supported, at ease to explore and address his/her personal challenges.
Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Richmond Adult Community College)
Trauma Focused Play Therapy and Counselling Diploma course (Flourishing Minds)
Diploma in Integrative Play Therapy & Counselling with Children and Family (Steps)
Certificate in CBT Skills (The Grove Practice Limited)
Certificate in Integrative Sand Play Studies (Association of Integrative Sand Play Therapists)
Certificate in Art Therapy (The British Association of Art Therapists)