Maria Welsh Counselling


Counsellor & Supervisor in Romsey

I changed my career 10 years ago at a time when my family were of age, and I was able to throw myself back in education. I then completed a foundation degree while juggling family commitments and managing my own business, something I am very proud of!

I have always been a 'people person' with a big social conscious and involved in community life. Prior to my career change, I held various volunteering roles and trained as a Parent Support worker for my local authority, supporting parents who found themselves in challenging situations, accompanying them to meetings with schools, local authorities, etc. I also volunteered as classroom support in early years for 10 years and in that time held the position of Chairperson for my local Parent Teacher Association.

Domestic Abuse – Volunteering within the Community

Volunteering within my community developed a sense of meaning and purpose in my own life which led me to working in a Women’s Service, supporting survivors and women currently experiencing domestic abuse, coercive control, sexual violence, and childhood sexual abuse.

Working with these courageous women taught me the importance of human connection and how much we rely on support from others such as professional services and the support of friends and family. This can hugely impact how our early life experiences go on to influence our own life story, and how we then go on to parent our own children. As the saying goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Early intervention is crucial and if we support the primary care giver, we ultimately support the child.

Some people have not had the support that they should have, for many different reasons. Therapy can have a huge reparative impact, by working through this with a therapist that you trust.

During my Foundation Degree, I obtained a placement counselling within a Women’s Service, and after graduating became employed there gaining extensive experience in the field of Domestic Abuse. Eventually I became the charities’ head of Women’s Services and Head of Counselling.

Working with Domestic Abuse is an area of my work that I am very passionate about, supporting survivors and families of those currently impacted by it. In 2019 I was very proud to receive the Mayors award for services to Domestic Abuse for the city of Winchester.

Qualifications and Professional Certifications

  • Registered Member of BACP
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Fully Insured
  • Certificate in Data Protection (GDPR)
  • Foundation Degree In Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (Middlesex University)
  • Certificate in Counselling Young People (BACP accredited) (CACAP)
  • Accredited (NCIP) Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision: Level 7
  • Extensive training in working with Trauma
  • Certificates in Safeguarding

Get in touch

Please contact me If you would like any further information or have any questions, or to arrange an appointment. You can also call me on 07895 929617 if you would prefer to leave a message and I will call you back at my earliest convenience.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential.

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