About me – Experience & Qualifications



“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”

– Carl Jung


mariongrathamMy Experience and Qualifications

I am an experienced relationship counsellor with almost 20 years of experience. I originally trained as a couple counsellor for Relate where I worked for 14  years. I worked with couples and individuals on their relationship difficulties and also counselled young people and families.

After gaining a BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and setting up my private clinical practice in 2007, I have more recently trained as a Relational Integrative Psychotherapist under the tuition of Richard Erskine with the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association (IIPA).

Alongside my private practice, I have worked in a number of GP settings seeing patients for counselling. I have experience of EAP work (Employee Assistance Programme) and have also worked at Peterborough Prison counselling female prisoners.

I have experience working with:

  • Relationships issues:

– Communication difficulties – not talking, frequent rowing or anything in-between
– Affairs
– The impact of divorce on the individual and on the family
– Parenting
– Domestic violence and abuse
– The impact of sex addiction on relationship
– Working with young people who have been impacted by parental conflict, separation or divorce.

  • Anger management
  • Low self esteem and lack of self confidence
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Loneliness
  • Suicide

– Feeling suicidal and also with those who have been left behind following a suicide.

  • Mental health issues:

– Anxiety, depression, obsessing, personality disorders

• Self harm
• Adult survivors of sexual abuse:

– the impact on relationships with self and others

• Alcohol, drug abuse and gambling
• Sex and sexuality

I have also had level 3 training in Safeguarding, working with vulnerable people, equality and diversity. I currently hold an enhanced DBS certificate. (Disclosure and Barring Service – previously known as CRB)



Ongoing – Continuous professional development  – The UKCP requirement is for 50 hours a year. I easily exceed that level as I believe in the importance of learning, growing and developing both professionally and personally.

2012 – Advanced Diploma in Relational Integrative Psychotherapy (Manchester Institute Psychotherapy) IIPA – 4 year Training

2009 – Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (Doncaster College) Hull University – 1yr

2007 – Bachelor of Science with Honours in Integrative Counselling (Matrix college) Middlesex University – Required 250 supervised hours

2006 – Certificate Systemic Practice (Relate)

2002 – Certificate Couple Counselling (Relate) – Required 400 supervised hours

1996 – Started Counsellor training.

1984 – HV Cert

1981 – SCM

1979 – RGN


I am bound by the UKCP and BACP ethical codes of practice which can be found on their websites.



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All enquires are welcome so please feel free to contact me.