Our Locations - Sittingbourne

Maria Priddey

Sittingbourne Practice

Relationship Counselling Sittingbourne


My Name is Maria Priddey and I am a fully qualified and an experienced Couple Counsellor based at Relationship Counselling Kent’s Sittingbourne practice.  I have a Level 4 Diploma in ‘Therapeutic Counselling’ and I am registered with the  BACP (British Association Counsellors & Psychotherapists) so therefore abide by their code of ethics.

My core approach to therapy is “Person Centred”. Which emphasis the belief that every person has the capacity  to fulfil his or her own potential. I also practice the ‘integrative’ approach, which  means I draw upon different theoretical approaches to allow me to tailor my work to suit each couple’s unique situation.

I understand it can be difficult to take the decision to reach out for help with your relationship. However, rest assured, I will be there to support you both, every step of the way.

At the beginning of our first session, I will ask you what you hope to achieve out of the therapy. Whether  you are hoping to make your relationship work better than it currently is or perhaps you would like me to help you separate more amicably. At this point, you might feel unsure or you  might have different answers and that is okay, we will work together to help you find clarity.

My approach to relationship therapy

I offer a safe, confidential space in order for you both to work through the problems in your relationship. Helping uou find answers to any questions you may have by encouraging you to  look  at your feelings. I will support you in finding a greater understanding of yourself as an individual as well as within your relationship. You will be empowered to explore change and  in turn find a way of moving forward, in whichever way you choose.

Each session will be guided by you. Which means you will have complete autonomy to decide what we discuss. You will be in control of when you are ready to talk about parts of you and your relationship. Although I will be there to guide the sessions and help you both ‘really’ lisen to each other’s points of view. You don’t necessarily have to like, or agree, with each other’s  perspectives. However, by understanding them, goes a  long way in removing any hurt, anger or resentment which may have built up over the years. It is your opportunity to talk and to be heard

I consider myself warm, down to earth and non-judgemental. Which will hopefully enable you both to feel comfortable enough to talk freely, openly and honestly with me. I will ensure you feel valued and comfortable during our sessions, helping you have a better understanding of each other. So you are able to  work together to achieve a better way of being.

Ethical Standards

I am a member of the BACP, working within their ethical framework.  I also attend monthly clinical supervision and further training in specific areas as required. My professional indemnity/public liability insurance is always up to date.

If you would like to make an appointment to see Maria for Relationship Counselling Sittingbourne. Then please contact her via Relationship Counselling Kent today.  Click – Request an appointment


Jo Walmsley

Sittingbourne Practice

Marriage Counselling Sittingbourne


My name is Jo and I’m a fully qualified counsellor based at Marriage Counselling Sittingbourne . I am actually in Teynham which is easily accessible from Faversham, the Isle of Sheppey and Maidstone. I’m accredited by the NCS (National Counselling Society).

I am a professionally trained ‘Integrative Counsellor’ which means I take combined approach to therapy. This means I bring together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat everyone in all situations.

I have vast experience in couple counselling as well as being a clinical supervisor. I will provide support to rebuild, repair and re-bond you relationship. Or sometimes if required, I will help facilitate the end of a relationship as amicably as possible.

My background/experience

I’ve experienced a variety of issues during my time as a therapist, achieved through private practice, agency work along with five years working within the NHS IAPT (improved access to psychological therapies)

My extensive knowledge and understanding has highlighted the importance of effective communication within relationships. Alongside understanding the impact problems such as sexual desire or dysfunction, long term health conditions, domestic abuse, anxiety, depression or anger can have on relationships. I have seen and heard most things, so I’m not easily shocked or embarrassed, so there is nothing taboo..If you need to talk about it then I’m here to listen.

How I can help

At the core of any successful therapy is the relationship between counsellor and the individual. Therefore, I strive to build a trusting and empathic relationship with you.

At marriage counselling Sittingbourne I provide a safe, confidential space to talk through your issues together. Helping you to understand how you’re past events and experiences may be responsible for your current beliefs and behaviour.

We may not always be aware; but sometimes our beliefs become unhealthy or may even be incorrect, which can lead to unhealthy behaviours filtering into the relationship. We are all influenced by our early years and the people around us. Therefore, it can be helpful to understand our partner’s history as well as understanding our own.

By helping you to understand yourselves, alongside finding more healthy ways of communicating, you will be equipped with the tools to make the most of your future and find happiness once again in your relationship.

I will tailor my work to suit your individual situation. I am a trained life coach so may use these skills alongside the therapy to help you manage life, maximise your potential and achieve your goals.

About me

If you are considering sharing your thoughts and emotions with me, it feels right to share a little of myself with you.  I’m just a pretty “normal” kind of person with a sarcastic sense of humour and a few battle wounds of my own.

I also struggle with my own issues some days but I get through them with a smile and a few expletives! #counsellorwhoswears. I love to laugh and always try to find a positive in every situation. However, it hasn’t always been this way. I have also had difficult times in my life when I thought I would never laugh again but I came through them. My own experiences give me the passion to help you through your difficult times.

Ethical Standards

I subscribe to and work within the BACP and NCS code of ethics and ethical framework. Additionally, I undertake regular professional development and supervision as well as having professional indemnity insurance.

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If you would like to make an appointment to see Jo at Marriage Counselling Sittingbourne then please contact her via Relationship Counselling Kent today. Link – Request an appointment

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