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Welcome to Taking Strides Counselling

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Are negative thoughts intruding?

You have found your way to this website as you feel it is time to make a change. Maybe it is to understand yourself, maybe it is to begin looking at your relationships or maybe you want to be heard.

My name is Maria Stride and my style of counselling places you at the centre, going at a pace set by you by creating a safe and non-judgemental place for you to explore your world and what you are bringing to counselling.

Please look around my website for more details or contact me on 07899 267938.

What is counselling?

Counselling, sometimes called Talking Therapy, gives people a safe, non-judgemental space in which they can explore their inner world. This can help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can begin to understand the why behind why you are feeling and/or acting the way you are and take steps to change, if this is what you want to do.
A counsellor is someone who will not tell you how to resolve your issues, instead they work with you to find the best way of dealing with them. The work you and your counsellor do is seek out the root causes of your behaviours and your reactions to these. Once you have begun to talk about these causes, processing and healing can take place.

How can counselling help?

This will depend on the person receiving the counselling because each client is unique in how they approach the process. Counselling is best when you work in collaboration with your counsellor which means you both work to achieve what it is you want. 

The counsellor provides the space for you to say what you want without the fear of judgement; you can be free to explore what you feel is needed to move on. The counsellor may also offer other ways of working. This may be worksheets which help you to focus on an issue and your thoughts around it or creative work allowing you the freedom to express an emotion or feeling which is difficult to put into words. 

All that is expected of you, as the client, is that you arrive on time to sessions and embrace the change that happens. It may take a while as counselling is not a quick fix but with collaboration you can begin to heal and move forward once again.

Counselling in Weston-super-Mare

We live in a world full of constant demands on our time and on ourselves. These pressures can sometimes become too much and affect our emotional wellbeing.  These can be from relationships to work to family issues past and present. Sometimes these are hidden from us until we look at ourselves.

It can be difficult to seek help but can free you from the problems weighing you down and allow you to move forward and grow into the person you want to be. It can help you to understand yourself and the situation from a different point of view.

Counselling can help with a range of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, low self-confidence and low self-esteem. It can also help with historical abuse and the trauma surrounding this. 

I offer face-to-face counselling in a safe and friendly environment where you can feel supported as we work through any problems you may be facing. I am non-judgemental and my practice is open to everyone from any walk of life


“Once an experience is fully in awareness, fully accepted, then it can be coped with effectively, like any other clear reality.”
- Carl Rogers

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