Mary O'Neill MSc; MBACP (Accred)

Mary O'Neill MSc; MBACP (Accred)

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Cockenzie Business Centre
Edinburgh Road
EH32 0XL

07773282848 / 07773 282848

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Cockenzie Business Centre
Edinburgh Road
EH32 0XL

07773282848 / 07773 282848

About me

I am a BACP accredited Counsellor and I believe that counselling is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety.

Why come to counselling?

When we reach a crisis in our lives it helps to have someone to talk to; someone who is non-judgemental and who will listen to what we have to say without telling us 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 having a negative impact on your life. I have been working for several years within an occupational health scheme and have accumulated large amounts of data about the effectiveness of counseling.

I have extensive experience of workplace counselling through occupational health and Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and I have a particular interest helping clients resolve and cope with a hostile and stressful work environment including workplace bullying.

The type of counseling I use is Transactional Analysis (TA) developed by Eric Berne in the 1950's. It has some similarities to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but also has its own unique perspective on how we can better understand ourselves and our relationships with others. 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 our relationships.

With TA, we establish a working therapeutic contract at the outset. It can be an exploratory contract where you simply want to gain insight into your situation or it can be more solution focused where you want to look at making specific changes in your life.

Trauma treatment
I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma. 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 individuals and couples;
I also offer counselling via Skype.

More about me
I began my training as a counsellor in 2003 and worked as a counsellor in Edinburgh at "Number 21" Counselling agency, In 2008 I established my private practice in Edinburgh (Amaranth Counselling)and when I moved to East Lothian in 2010 I established my main practice in Cockenzie. I now see clients at my premises in the Cockenzie Business Centre on the Edinburgh Road.

I have a MSc in TA counselling which explored the dynamics of workplace bullying and the effectiveness of counselling for clients experiencing this problem.

I worked as a volunteer counsellor for Childline, where I helped young people with a variety of issues the most prominent being bullying at school.

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.

Educational Qualifications
MSc Transactional Analysis Counselling
PhD (Genetics)
BSc. Hons Microbiology

Professional Bodies
BACP:  British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
UKATA: UK Association for Transactional Analysis
STAA: Scottish Transactional Analysis Association
EMDR Assoc.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Workplace Bullying


£45 per 55 minute session for individuals
£55 per 55 minute session for couples

I offer a 20% reduction to students.

Further information

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

Cockenzie, EH32 0XL

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday (day and evening) Thursday (evening)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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