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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live

                                                                       Marcus Aurelius

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The Strength Within Counselling  is based in the Highcliffe/Christchurch (Dorset) area and for more information please feel free to contact us


When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves

Viktor E. Frankl

Maria Kalinina

Psychotherapist, MBACP

Past traumas haunt us, while the unpredictable future worries us -living in the present becomes increasingly more difficult. The constant that we can rely on is change. As a psychotherapist, my aim is to help you take control of the change that you want to make, to claim the life you want for yourself, to find your meaning in your life and live it as fully as possible.

I am trained as a Humanistic Integrative practitioner with an influence of Existential/Stoic Philosophy which allows me to tailor a therapeutic approach unique to the individual's requirements.
Some of the therapeutic approaches/frameworks I work with include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Gestalt, NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) Person Centred, STAIR Narrative Therapy, Transactional Analysis.
I specialise in complex trauma and some of the issues I work with include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Dissociative symptoms including DID
  • Existential Crisis
  • Identity Issues
  • Impulsivity
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • OCD
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Self-Esteem and Low Self-Worth
  • Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Self Sabotage
  • Shock Trauma
My experience includes counselling within the community for the NHS dealing with common mental health problems and offender care services dealing with complex trauma. This has expanded my empathic understanding to cover a diverse demographic and supported the development of both my professional and personal belief system of 'no problem is too great or too small'
As I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I adhere to the Ethical Framework for the counselling professional. For the Ethical Framework please click on the PDF symbol below
I undertake Continuing Professional Development

Services and Prices

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Initial Consultation (20 min) Free

Provides an opportunity to discuss current struggles, requirements and expectations of therapy.

Full Therapeutic Assessment and Care Plan (1-2 hours) 

Exploration of current struggles, relevant history, risk and expectation of therapy. This enables the therapist to have a clear understanding of the individual's needs when setting out a care plan for the therapeutic work.

Face to Face and Remote Psychotherapy (50min)

Usually weekly sessions - day/evening with short term, long term or open ended contracts. Tailored to suit your requirements

Please enquire for pricing


Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together

James Cash Penney

The Strength Within Counselling

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