Margaret Marques is a warm individual who gives great importance to building a genuine connection with clients in order to develop the therapeutic relationship successfully.She provides a safe, containing and confidential environment to help with the development of trust as well as an empathetic, non-judgemental approach for clients to share concerns more openly. She uses an integrative approach as she deeply believes that for therapy to be successful then it needs to be tailored to the client and not the client to the therapy. Her approach consists of person centred (which encourages and provides support to the client without interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery). She also works Psychodynamically (exploring early experiences and connections and how these may influence our current perceptions of others and sense of self), and uses cognitive behavioural therapy (which supports the client to identify and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns).
With a background in bereavement and in autism, Margaret has experience in working with the individual needs of a neuro diverse community and supporting them to manage anxiety and low self-esteem. As well as support clients through the different phases of bereavement; numbness, yearning, disorganisation, reorganisation and the overwhelming emotions that are part of the process such as anger, sadness and despair.
Margaret is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), has a BSc (Honours) degree in Psychology and is working towards a MSc in Therapeutic Counselling. She is bilingual, therefore can offer therapy in English and Portuguese.