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Maggie

ADHD COUNSELLOR
ADDICTION THERAPIST
EATING DISORDER SPECIALIST
PARENTING SUPPORT

AWAITING OWN ADHD DIAGNOSIS & DAUGHTER DIAGNOSED ADHD

Maggie is a fully qualified person-centred counsellor. She first started on her journey to becoming a counsellor when she began to understand her own difficulties with a supportive counsellor of her own.

From a very young age, Maggie had had difficulty with textures and sensory issues and she was first diagnosed with ‘hypersensitivity’ and ‘hyper-vigilance’ due she believes to her difficult and challenging childhood.

She was unable to eat most foods and for most of her early and teenage years – she would avoid difficult textures, up until the point it became difficult to swallow any form of solid food. This lasted for over 20 years, with Maggie existing on a predominantly liquid diet.

In her mid 20’s, she was further diagnosed with Globus Hysterica and ARFID.  Globus is the painless sensation of a lump in the throat and can be described as a foreign body sensation and a tightening or choking feeling.

It is often associated with persistent clearing of the throat, chronic cough, hoarseness and catarrh. It can be described as ‘throat anxiety’ or ‘stress anxiety’ and for Maggie it feels as if something is stuck in the throat.

Maggie’s food restriction then led to her diagnosis of ARFID – Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, an eating disorder.

As a child with ARFID, Maggie came across as an extremely picky eater and seemed to have little interest in eating food. She ate a very limited variety of preferred foods, whilst avoiding and restricting other foods.

ARFID is a serious eating disorder and still, to this day, Maggie finds challenges to her diet. However, through mindfulness, meditation and accepting her diagnosis she has learnt to live a more balanced life.

Quite recently, her daughter has been diagnosed as an adult with ARFID, hypersensitivity and hyper-vigilance, along with social anxiety.

Her daughter had been diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette’s as a child and it was at this time Maggie first saw the similarities in herself and wondered if she too had ADHD.

Maggie has always known she was different from most children when growing up and can now understand why she was felt isolated and alone as a child.

Maggie previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for a number of years in a mainstream High School, working alongside children with ADHD, Autism and Tourette’s.

While her children were growing up, she and her husband fostered children with complex needs and Maggie found this a hugely rewarding experience, Maggie gained further experience of working with ADHD children and also worked closely with the families, with support and mentoring.

Throughout Maggie’s career she has helped to support families with addiction. Whilst fostering she was involved with many families with a wide variety of addictions.  More recently, she has been involved with a local charity where many of her clients were struggling with addiction related issues, such as drugs, alcohol and sex addiction.

Maggie does not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. Each client or family comes with unique life experiences and circumstances surrounding their addiction, therefore the personal treatment needs of each individual are taken into account when she forms their alcohol, drug, food or sex addiction treatment plan.

This has been at the forefront of Maggie’s ethos throughout her practice and she continues with the same strong principles; that everyone is unique and deserves a therapeutic plan tailored to suit their individual needs.

 

Qualifications

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4, 2021

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, 2021

Childhood Loss, Grief & Bereavement Level 1, 2020

Victim Support / Domestic Abuse training, 2020

Promoting Positive Behaviour training Levels 1 & 2, 2013

Attachment & Child Development training Levels 1 & 2, 2013

Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3, 2009

Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2, 2008

Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5 – Completes June 2022

Maggie

ADHD COUNSELLOR
ADDICTION THERAPIST
EATING DISORDER SPECIALIST
PARENTING SUPPORT

AWAITING OWN ADHD DIAGNOSIS & DAUGHTER DIAGNOSED ADHD

Maggie is a fully qualified person-centred counsellor. She first started on her journey to becoming a counsellor when she began to understand her own difficulties with a supportive counsellor of her own.

From a very young age, Maggie had had difficulty with textures and sensory issues and she was first diagnosed with ‘hypersensitivity’ and ‘hyper-vigilance’ due she believes to her difficult and challenging childhood.

She was unable to eat most foods and for most of her early and teenage years – she would avoid difficult textures, up until the point it became difficult to swallow any form of solid food. This lasted for over 20 years, with Maggie existing on a predominantly liquid diet. 

In her mid 20’s, she was further diagnosed with Globus Hysterica and ARFID.  Globus is the painless sensation of a lump in the throat and can be described as a foreign body sensation and a tightening or choking feeling.

It is often associated with persistent clearing of the throat, chronic cough, hoarseness and catarrh. It can be described as ‘throat anxiety’ or ‘stress anxiety’ and for Maggie it feels as if something is stuck in the throat.

Maggie’s food restriction then led to her diagnosis of ARFID – Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, an eating disorder. 

As a child with ARFID, Maggie came across as an extremely picky eater and seemed to have little interest in eating food. She ate a very limited variety of preferred foods, whilst avoiding and restricting other foods. 

ARFID is a serious eating disorder and still, to this day, Maggie finds challenges to her diet. However, through mindfulness, meditation and accepting her diagnosis she has learnt to live a more balanced life. 

Quite recently, her daughter has been diagnosed as an adult with ARFID, hypersensitivity and hyper-vigilance, along with social anxiety. 

Her daughter had been diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette’s as a child and it was at this time Maggie first saw the similarities in herself and wondered if she too had ADHD. 

Maggie has always known she was different from most children when growing up and can now understand why she was felt isolated and alone as a child.

Maggie previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for a number of years in a mainstream High School, working alongside children with ADHD, Autism and Tourette’s.

While her children were growing up, she and her husband fostered children with complex needs and Maggie found this a hugely rewarding experience, Maggie gained further experience of working with ADHD children and also worked closely with the families, with support and mentoring. 

Throughout Maggie’s career she has helped to support families with addiction. Whilst fostering she was involved with many families with a wide variety of addictions.  More recently, she has been involved with a local charity where many of her clients were struggling with addiction related issues, such as drugs, alcohol and sex addiction.

Maggie does not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. Each client or family comes with unique life experiences and circumstances surrounding their addiction, therefore the personal treatment needs of each individual are taken into account when she forms their alcohol, drug, food or sex addiction treatment plan.

This has been at the forefront of Maggie’s ethos throughout her practice and she continues with the same strong principles; that everyone is unique and deserves a therapeutic plan tailored to suit their individual needs.

 

Qualifications

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4, 2021

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, 2021

Childhood Loss, Grief & Bereavement Level 1, 2020

Victim Support / Domestic Abuse training, 2020

Promoting Positive Behaviour training Levels 1 & 2, 2013

Attachment & Child Development training Levels 1 & 2, 2013

Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3, 2009

Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2, 2008

Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5 – Completes June 2022