Mary O'Neill MSc; MBACP (Accred)
Cockenzie Business Centre
07773282848 / 07773 282848
I am a BACP accredited Counsellor, with extensive experience in helping people deal with the issues that are having a negative impact on their lives. You may be struggling with the break up of a relationship, or you may have lost someone dear to you through bereavement. Perhaps you are struggling with depression or anxiety and life is getting on top of you so you find it difficult to cope.
If that is the case what can counselling offer?
If you have reached a crisis in your life it helps to have someone to talk to; someone who is non-judgemental and who will listen to what you have to say without telling you what to do.
As your counsellor, I aim to offer a safe and accepting environment where you can take time to explore the issues that are troubling you.
How long we work together will depend on the issue, but my aim is to help you gain an insight into your situation and to help you understand how best to move forward.
I have extensive experience of workplace counselling through occupational health schemes and Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and therefore I am able to offer short term counselling (8-10 session) and I have evidence that even in that short time much can be achieved to help people. These issues might include workplace stress, relationship difficulties and bereavement.
Some issues may require longer and more in depth work particularly if the roots of the problem lie in the past; these might include childhood abuse and trauma.
I specialise in helping people who are experiencing workplace bullying. I have a good understanding of the issue which I learned through my study for my Masters degree and bring my knowledge and skills to help you with this issue.
The type of counseling I use is Transactional Analysis (TA) developed by Eric Berne in the 1950's. TA is a flexible therapy, its concepts are easy to understand (no psychobabble) and it can provide a useful set of tools to help us manage your life.
I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma. This is an evidence based treatment for PTSD and so if you are troubled by PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and constant anxiety then you might want to consider this treatment. It can be highly effective at reducing symptoms and I am often amazed at the positive impact it has on clients.
If you have experienced a traumatic event such as a car accident, assault (sexual or physical) or if you are suffering from a trauma after witnessing a tragic event then, EMDR is an extremely effective treatment to help you resolve the fear and anxiety that remains after the event.
EMDR is also an effective treatment for Phobias
Counselling is offered to Adults (16+) and couples;
I also offer counselling via Skype.
More about me
I established my private practice in Edinburgh (Amaranth Counselling) and when I moved to East Lothian in 2010 I started working in Cockenzie. I now see clients at my premises in the Cockenzie Business Centre on the Edinburgh Road.
I have a Masters degree in TA counselling which explored the dynamics of workplace bullying and the effectiveness of counselling for clients experiencing this problem. I am currently researching this issue further and have recently established a coaching service aimed at coaching abrasive managers.
I was a post doctoral research fellow at Edinburgh University and worked in scientific research (genetics and microbiology).
I still work part time as a lecturer of physiology and human biology at Edinburgh College and therefore, for ethical reasons, I am unable to work with any member of staff from the college and any student based at Milton Road Campus.
I use my extensive knowledge of human physiology to help clients deal with feelings of anxiety and to help understand the nature of trauma.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist
- MSc in TA Counselling; Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
- Diploma in TA Counselling
- Lecturer (part time) in Human Biology and Physiology at Edinburgh College.
MSc Transactional Analysis Counselling
BSc. Hons Microbiology
BACP: British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
STAA: Scottish Transactional Analysis Association
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per 55 minute session for individuals
£55 per 55 minute session for couples
I offer a 20% reduction to students.
I am particularly keen to work with individuals who have experienced workplace bullying.
I conducted research into this issue for my MSc Thesis and my results confirmed that counselling is really helpful to individuals who are being bullied in the workplace.
Confidence levels improved and clients were able to make sense of their situation in way that previously they had been unable to do.
You may feel that counselling will not be helpful because it will not solve the problem and make the bully stop, BUT it does improve your confidence by giving you insight and knowledge into the bullying dynamic.
Don't suffer in silence, bullying is damaging to your health and while it might seem unfair that you have to get help rather than the bully be assured that the insight you gain from counselling will be helpful and effective.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday (day and evening) Thursday (evening)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|