About

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

Viktor E. Frankl

Maria Kalinina

Counsellor MBACP

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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 counsellor, 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 Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Person Centred, CBT, DBT, STAIR and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.
I specialise in complex trauma and some of the issues I work with include:
  • anxiety and depression
  • self-esteem and low self worth
  • shame
  • identity issues
  • self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • existential crisis
  • interpersonal issues
  • loss, grief and bereavement
  • addictions
  • emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD
  • dissociation/DID
  • OCD
 
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.
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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
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