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Maryam Best, Supervisor

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Membership Number: 144


As an Integrative therapist, my therapeutic work with clients is mainly informed by psychodynamic and systemic modalities. Working with therapists and supervisors who use other modalities has hugely widened and fine-honed my practice over the years. Providing supervision for non-therapist professionals in other areas of the health industry has also equipped me to be increasingly inclusive and adaptable.


I see it as my responsibility to support you and the people in your care.

If you are fully qualified and experienced, I do not intend to teach you how to practise. I see our relationship as colleagues in different roles. My role is to assist you as you continue to nurture your confidence and wellbeing as a practitioner and serve and protect the people in your care (as defined by BACP or equivalent). Your personal wellbeing will continue to be an important component of the work.

If you are in training, my responsibility is to help you grow in confidence and develop your own style of working, with a full awareness of the ethical and safety issues that you will face when working with clients. To this end, much of our focus will be on your own personal and professional wellbeing as a learning practitioner.


I am registered with ICO and abide by GDPR 2018.

I keep confidential anything that you share with me about you or the people in your care. My clinical supervisor is included in this confidentiality where appropriate. Otherwise, I need your written consent for any disclosure. Exceptions to this include: if I judge that there is a danger to life, if there is a breach of client safety where immediate action is needed (as defined by BACP or equivalent) or if a disclosure is required by the UK court of law.

Therapists Information
Counselling / therapy models / approaches:

As an Integrative therapist, my therapeutic work with clients is mainly informed by psychodynamic and systemic modalities.

Special Interests:

I specialise in working with couples and young adults. But having been active since 1994 as a therapist, cultivating a quality relationship with my clients has been the main driving force, facilitating a safe space for us both to explore and process any human issue, no matter how confusing or complex.

Face to face training:

MA, Psychotherapy (Integrative: psychodynamic and systemic): University of East London / Relate Institute: started September 2005 – awarded March 2007

PG Dip, Psychotherapy (Integrative: psychodynamic and systemic. BACP accredited): University of Hull / Relate Institute: started September 2002 – August 2003 (Rugby); University of East London / Relate Institute: started September 2004 – awarded August 2005 (London)

CC RELATE Couple Counselling Certificate: Herbert Gray College (residential courses): started 1994 – awarded 1997

Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies (Psychodynamic): University of Leicester: started 1993 – awarded 1997


Online training:

Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (CPCAB accredited): Counselling Online Ltd., 10 weeks; 100 hours. January-March 2009.

Professional organisation memberships :


Code of Ethics adhered to:


Description of my therapy services: Online and in-person: one to one and couple therapy - long term or short term.
Experience of working online:

Since 2009


Live video, email.


One to one therapy -
Live video or in-person: £50 per 50 minutes.
Email: £50 per 60 minutes.

Couple therapy -
Live video or in-person: £60 per 50 minutes.

Supervisors Information
Online Supervision Qualification:


Supervisor Member Level:
  • Level 3
Supervision Special Interests:

After so many years, for me it is the supervisory relationship itself that has become 'the special interest'.

Face To Face Supervisor Training:

Supervisor Training: Relate, Herbert Gray College: started September 2000 – awarded August 2001;

University of Leicester: Residential. Psychodynamic Supervision Part one. Residential, 24 contact hours. Awarded 1997

Professional Memberships Bodies Supervisors:

BACP (accredited therapist)

Code of Ethics adhered to Supervisors:


Description of my online supervision service: Email and / or live video.
Experience of supervising online:

Since 2009

Supervision model I mainly use:

My practice is mainly informed by psychodynamic and systemic models.

Other models I am conversant with:

The experience of working with professionals of other modalities such as existential, person-centred and CBT and other-integrative or eclectic models has been a humbling journey and I feel fortunate to have been taught so much by my supervisee-colleagues over the years.

What media do you work with?:

Live video and email

Supervisor Fees:

One to one Supervision: £50.00 per hour.

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