About Me

I have been working in the area of stress management since the early 1990's providing an individualised approach to ease the effects of life stresses on the emotional and physical health of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Stress affects people in many different ways and I have found that no one approach works with all people.

Over the years I have developed my methods, drawing on many aspects of psychology, counselling and classic stress management techniques in order to offer a balanced and person-centred way forward that can be adapted to suit most people.

Where appropriate, I also like to include advice on diet and lifestyle to complete the holistic approach.


Qualifications and Associations

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BA Counselling
  • Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling (Dip CPC)
  • Diploma in Diet and Nutrition
  • Certified Stress Adviser
  • Member of British Psychology Society (MBPsS)
  • Member of Complementary Medical Association

Stress Management

Stress affects us all and managing stress is paramount to well-being.

We all react individually to different stresses, and a positive challenge for one person could be perceived a ‘nightmare’ for another.

This can be based on factors such as how we handle situations, our personality, genetics or past experiences.

The effects of poorly managed stress can affect us physically, emotionally and behaviourally with symptoms ranging from headaches, fatigue, irritability, panic attacks, sleep issues, coping difficulties, breathing and digestive disorders, to name but a few.

My Methods

I have been helping people conquer their inner anxiety demons for years and I know how important it is just to get through the day, so my methods are simple but effective!


You will learn how to:

  • Spot your triggers before they bring you down
  • Gain control in your life; putting you back in charge
  • Manage stresses head-on and diffuse them quickly
  • Get life back in perspective; it’s too short to waste!
  • Enjoy the freedom that comes with a quiet mind
  • Recover your sleep pattern and gain more energy
  • Control those stress related symptoms like IBS
  • Breath effectively and lose the tummy butterflies
  • Plan and look forward, rather than sink in the past
  • Identify unhelpful coping strategies
  • Develop new coping skills

Grief, Bereavement and Loss Management

I believe the mourning process is entirely individual. Not only that, but it also depends on a whole host of factors, our personality, our relationship with the person, the circumstances of the death or loss, to name but a few. In other words - we cannot predict how we will behave, how long we will feel the way we feel - each loss and reaction is different and unique.

Not everybody passes through the stages of grieving in the same way and some may find it hard to even start. I work to support people, helping them to reach an acceptance while working through the physical and emotional pain of loss that ultimately leads to freedom and the ability to move forward.

Alongside this approach, I incorporate various techniques to keep you gain control and remain focused. Crying is important and to deny, repress or inhibit this very human emotion can delay a healthy resolution of the grieving process. However, sometimes crying in public or in front of people can be equally stressful, so I will help you work through techniques which will allow you to get through the day but at the same time allow you to get in touch with your feelings and loss and eventually a positive freedom for the future.

Workshops, One-to-One Meetings and Pricing

Workshops and One-to-One Meetings

I teach workshops on specific areas such as exam stress but also full or half day courses in managing stress. Small group sessions can be arranged.

I see people on an individual basis at:

Hadley Wood Healthcare

20 Wellington Square

Ayr  KA7 1EZ

Tel: 01292 260 334

Fee Structure

In general I tend to recommend that a course of 4 sessions is needed in order to make genuine headway in most cases of stress, anxiety and stress related problems.

Sessions last up to 1 hour and cost £42.00 per visit, they can be booked on an individual or block basis.

A block of 4 sessions can be booked for £150.00, with a saving of £18.00 over booking 4 individual sessions.

Contact Maria Webb

Hadley Wood Healthcare

20 Wellington Square