Shirley Marais Counselling Service BedfordTherapeutic Counsellor
Individuals, Couples, On-Line Counselling

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My name is Shirley Marais.
I am a Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist

I offer psychotherapeutic counselling to individuals and couples aged 18 and over. I embrace difference, diversity and equal opportunities for all, and welcome contact from anyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual identity or background.

I can help introduce you to counselling in a way that you are able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you feel counselling is suitable for you.
I understand first hand how hard starting counselling can be. I know how difficult or uncomfortable it is to put your feelings into words, and make sense of what you are going through and need help and support from someone outside of your personal life.

The therapeutic relationship is a space where you will be accepted, valued and feel safe. You will be free to be able to talk about whatever it is concerning you. Together we will explore your issues, re-build your self-confidence and self-worth, to enable you to take the responsibility for your own choices and make positive changes within your life. Therapy will be tailored to your needs alone.

I provide therapy that is culturally sensitive and culturally inclusive if needed by the individual.

I am also a tutor for the Northampton Centre for Counselling studies, teaching counselling skills to those wishing to increase their capacity to support others. I also organise local professional development for counsellors.


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
COVID 19-Healthcare Course- Working Online
Infant Loss and Bereavement
Pluralistic Approach to Therapy
Mental Health Disorders Workshop
Working with Trauma and the Brain- Caroline Spring
Counselling Couples Toolkit- Counselling Academy
Working with Anger
TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
Diploma Police Administration( South Africa)


Kettering MIND - Therapeutic Counsellor;
Corby MIND - Therapeutic Counsellor
Challenging Behaviours - Dunstable - Therapeutic Counsellor

Northamptonshire Centre for Counselling Studies – Level 2 Course Tutor


(Eligible for and working towards accreditation with BACP)

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