07766 123895
m_goldsmith@btinternet.com
About me

Hello! I’m Maria Goldsmith

As the founder and Director of GCM (Goldsmith Counselling and Mediation), Maria brings close to three decades of experience counselling people individually and in groups with specific issues (trauma, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, rape and sexual abuse).

She also provides tailor made organisational support and senior management consultancy including mediation, sickness absence, compliance and capability, grievances and environmental stress audits.

She offers a range of individualised solutions to support the care and wellbeing of your employees.

Maria’s philosophy is built upon mapping, planning and delivering “win/win” outcomes that meet the needs of the individual and the organisation.

Previous Roles

Experience

Royal Mail
University of Kent
Atos medical AB
London Borough of Barnet
Goldsmith Counselling
Workplace Counsellor
Diploma in Counselling
Workplace Counsellor
Senior Resolution Consultant
Mediator / Counsellor / Trainer

1994
2003
2004
2007
2009
what i treat

Practice

  • Absence Management
  • Appraisal for managers as appraisers
  • Assertiveness
  • Bullying and harassement Change management
  • Conflict management and poor behaviours
  • Consulting skills
  • Counselling
  • Customer care
  • Discipline capability and grievances
  • Effective meetings
  • Equalities ad diversity
  • Management and Leadership skills
  • Mediation
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Negotiating and Influencing
  • Outplacement support
  • People management
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Retention
  • Stress
  • Team building
  • Writing skills
Counselling

Counselling

I offer One-to-one sessions via phone, Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, Specialisms include adults with Autism/Asperger’s, trauma, rape & sexual...

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Environmental Stress Audit

Environmental Stress Audit

Designed for organisations and managers to assist in evaluating and tackling stressful situations within the workplace.

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Mediation

Mediation

Designed for all managers, HR staff and anyone who needs to resolve conflict between others.

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Bullying and Inappropriate Behaviour

Bullying and Inappropriate Behaviour

Increasing awareness and challenging attitudes

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Blaise Egan

Maria is a counsellor with a great deal of experience in personal relationship advice. She speaks openly and honestly, but with sensitivity to others' needs. She has the knack of enabling others to talk candidly and helping them to examine their own feelings and needs. I would certainly recommend her.

Blaise Egan, Lead Data Scientist at BT

As an alternative provision providing education for learners with SEMH, The Pavilion can be a challenging environment for staff. Maria has provided opportunities for supervision and counselling as well as mediation sessions if, and when, needed. She is a fundamental resource at The Pavilion that supports the well-being of all staff, providing fair but firm encouragement back to work and challenge where needed. Maria has also lead a number of effective presentations to staff regarding professional behaviour and leadership.

Jo Kelly, Head Teacher

I have worked with Maria for a number of years now, and I asked Maria to provide a bespoke training course over a number of days to a team of newly appointed managers. During the delivery of these sessions she tailored the content to meet the needs of the group, focussing on specific areas as needed and as requirements changed. The feedback from my team was that Maria delivers training in a very engaging way that is both theoretical but also provides practical applications, they were 'buzzing' at the end of the sessions and I would definitely recommend using Maria for any training, mediation or counselling needs.

Yogita Popat, Head of Performance, Improvement and Inspection

BIRCH- HR have engaged Maria on behalf of our education clients to deal with complex and challenging cases of workplace conflict. We know Maria has significant experience as a mediator/counsellor and understands the education sector and the challenges our clients face.  On each occasion Maria has successfully helped individuals to overcome their differences, to explore their issues in a safe environment and to reach agreement about how to get their working relationship back on track. She doesn’t walk away while there are still concerns, she keeps going until the matters are resolved and there are tangible and sustained improvements. Maria quickly builds rapport, establishes trust and has a positive approach to mediation.

BIRCH-HR recommend Maria.  Our clients have consistently said how impressed they are by how she manages the stages of mediation, which has enabled them to reach a successful outcome and settlement of the workplace dispute(s).

BIRCH-HR
Evangelitsa Savva

Maria has an ability to gain one's confidence, to be objective and to listen. In my opinion Maria has the ideal qualities required for a counsellor.

Evangelitsa Savva, Management Head at Ashmore & Co Estate Agents