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

Getting started in counselling can feel like a step into the unknown, and therefore takes courage. You might have questions about counselling, or the way I work, and we can begin discussing these by email, phone or text.

Integrative Counsellor

There are various types of counselling offered here in the UK. My expertise is in Integrative Counselling but my core is ‘Person Centred’, which is one of the most common and popular approaches to counselling. As an individual you are at the centre of the work we do together by focussing our sessions on your concerns, feelings and values. Rather than giving you advice or telling you how you ought to feel, I would support you in exploring how things are for you, and in working out what might make life better.

I also work with different modalities of therapy but these will be discussed with you if I feel you need a different approach to counselling.


Sometimes we can feel a bit broken. We need to regroup and repair from time to time. Do you wish you could feel less needy in your romantic relationship or be more assertive and respectful towards yourself? Are you dealing with conflict at work which might be stressful? Perhaps you would like to change your family interactions, forgive, or just figure out reasonable boundaries.
Perhaps the way you think about and treat yourself has brought you here. Do you replay awkward moments over and over wishing things were different? “If only I was…, I would be ok?”.

I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and offer counselling with a calm and empathic nature, I offer a safe and confidential space to offload and explore the things that matter most to you.
As a counsellor and because I am not part of your everyday life, you can feel more able to say what you really think and feel about things, without feat of being judged or upsetting someone.

In your therapy sessions I can offer a unique opportunity for you to feel heard, understood and accepted for who you are. Working in this manner can allow you to explore and understand what holds you back and how choosing a more positive direction in life can benefit you.

Who can benefit?

I can help individuals who are struggling with life's challenges, such as:

  • Cultural differences
  • Anger, anxiety and depression
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Marriage difficulties (intimacy, jealousy, infidelity)
  • Pregnancy and infant loss
  • Guilt and shame
  • Living with disability or illness (yours or a loved one)

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