Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS21-01650
Just saying hello and introducing myself. I work as an integrative counsellor, with a special interest in working with clients who have experienced Trauma in their lives.
I have over 20 years experience in this field and have dedicated my CPD and Training to help me understand and work in this area of counselling.
I hold Accredited Membership with the National Counselling Society MNCS (accred.)
I understand that seeking professional help and sharing at this level is a powerful and courageous step to take. I will be mindful of where you are at on your journey and we will work at your pace.
Counselling is a safe, non judgemental place, to come and start and/or continue to explore what is currently troubling you.
To enable the counselling process, I will draw from all of my training, knowledge and experience to find a way to work with you that's a best fit. We will work together (relationally) with what you bring.
I believe the relationship you build with me is as important as the theory that underpins the work.
I have trained in several different therapeutic approaches. The main ones are: Psychodynamic, Egan, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy & the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and Internal Family Systems and I like to work creatively.
Internal Family Systems IFS.
IFS is one of the fastest growing psychotherapy models in the world today. I am finding this model a very useful addition to my other training, it's a 'parts' psychotherapy model and it is accepting, "all parts welcome". It's gentle and led by the client and I am really enjoying my practice with it both personally and professionally.
IFS is a bit different as it aims to enable and encourage clients to build their relationship between Self and their parts.
Complex Trauma & Difficult Early Attachment Trauma comes under many guises and often goes alongside growing up with a difficult or disrupted early attachment to the parent/caregiver, meaning there were significant times in childhood when you were not seen, heard or acknowledged and you had difficult later life experiences too.
I like the term unmothered children to describe this early disruption. Together they result in complex trauma that comes from a variety of sources. These days we can also understand Trauma as individual, generational or collective.
The list below suggests some of the key issues that may be affecting you.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
cPTSD - complex post traumatic stress
I believe coming to therapy is about exploring our unfinished business. All our unresolved life experiences and our early attachment patterns are deeply etched in the neuroplasticity of our brains, it's hard wired if you like.
These patterns repeat physiologically and make us who we are in present moment time and result in current symptoms. If our symptoms and these old patterns or ways of relating are triggered, this is usually what drives us to seek help.
Sessions can be weekly or fortnightly, we can also work for a short time or long term, you choose what suits you best.
Creative I enjoy being creative in my work approach and I use a variety of creative means, if appropriate, to enable clients to have better understanding of their current situation eg sand tray, drawing, visualising, naming all of which help externalise the issue and get beneath the surface of the problem and allows meaning that is beyond words.
There is a lot more information on my website. I invite you to explore it www.maggiecostella.com and if you feel connected to anything written here, please don’t hesitate to be in touch and we can begin to explore if it feels right to begin to work together.
With best wishes, Maggie
♥ Helping you be all you can be ♥
Training, qualifications & experience-
M.A. Food, Health & Welfare 1994-1997 Dundee University.
Certificate in Counselling Skills 2000-2001 Garnethill Centre Glasgow.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2001-2003 Garnethill Centre Glasgow, validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Certificate in Relationship Counselling, 2008-2009 Scottish Marriage Care,Glasgow.
Level I Graduate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Glasgow 2011
Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2 with David Grand
Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)
Advanced CRM Core Self training Case Conceptualising & Treatment of DID with Lisa Schwarz
IFS Internal Family Systems Level 1 and 2 -2018-2020
COSCA Certificate in Supervision
Previous to my Counselling work, I worked as a general nurse, then after gaining my Degree an MA, I worked as a project worker for a number of years, working with people, who were socially disadvantaged, e.g. homeless people, single parents and as a drugs worker.
After completing counselling training in 2003, I worked as a voluntary counsellor before gaining employment in 2006 and since then I have worked in several voluntary sector projects over the years, with Children and young people and Adults.
I have also worked for a few different EAP companies and in Private Practice for the last 10 years.
Today I have a small private practice working with Adults and at home by zoom.
I hope to start face to face work again in Spring 2022.
- Qualifications & ExperienceDiploma Psychodynamic Counselling
Certificate Supervision COSCA
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1
Internal Family Systems Therapy Level 1 & 2
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Bereavement / Loss
- Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Generally unhappy with your life
- IBS / Digestive Issues
- Illness and dying
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Suicidal feelings