Mary Stack MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor

Mary Stack  MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor

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Chapel End
Netherhay, Drimpton

01308 867 313 / 07980 480 869

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Chapel End
Netherhay, Drimpton

01308 867 313 / 07980 480 869

About me

I am a very experienced counsellor and have worked with people from all walks of life over an 19 year period. I feel I have a warmth and ease of manner which enables my clients to feel comfortable in what is a safe and confidential environment. I offer space and time for you to speak about your difficulties. I will not judge you or advise you but see myself as very much a fellow traveller - that together we might understand your concerns whether they be to do with:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • depression
  • stress
  • bereavement and loss
  • transitions - from country and culture, change in living circumstances, children leaving home
  • change and upheaval such as divorce or separation
  • abuse and neglect, or other destabilising events
  • those affected by being sent away to boarding school or institutionalised from an early age

I believe that having the opportunity to talk through and make sense of our problems, particularly in the light of our past experiences, can have a profound and lasting effect on how we feel both within ourselves and in our relationships with other people.

I work differently with each person, according to the need, but fundamental to my practice is the belief that what we learned from growing up in our families plays a major part in how we conduct our lives in the present, often in a most enriching way, but often to our detriment. These would be areas for exploration.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling

Understanding and working with adolescents.

I have trained with Boarding Concern to work with those who have been affected by being sent away from home at an early age.

Introductory training in Family Therapy which has helped me understand the Individual in the context of their Family System.

I set up the first 'embedded' counselling service in a private boarding school in 2003.

I was on the team of the Edinburgh University Student Counselling Service for 3 years from 2003.

Private Practice alongside these projects.

Counselling for those struggling with their faith and working with ordained men and women in the estabished and non-conformists churches.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work with those facing a whole range of life's experiences, e.g. loss or bereavement, moving home/country, those struggling to understand relationships, anxiety or depression, mental health problems, eating disorders and problems with intimate relationships.

I have a particular interest in helping clients through past or present traumatic and/or abusive circumstances and those who feel they may have issues stemming from being educated in a boarding system.

I counsel from a relational perspective and I believe that an understanding of the ways you have been related to in the past will shed light on difficulties being experienced at the present time. For example, if you want to know how to manage your anger I would be interested in you telling me how you have learned to express or withhold powerful feelings, what it was like for you when family members became angry, how you responded and how resolution was or (wasn't!) reached. Often gaining some insight into why we behave as we do is the first step in enabling change to take place.


I charge £45 for a 50 minute session once counselling has been agreed. I allow up to one hour for the initial session.

I do charge for an initial session because this can be very valuable to begin to talk through your concerns and to focus on what you really need.

Further information

Published article:

I wrote about my experience of boarding school called "The Making of Her" ISSN 1753 5980 in Attachment Journal New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis Vol. 2 No. 3 November 2008.

I was responding to another article about the effects of boarding school and in response to reading Nick Duffells on the British Attitude to Children and the Boarding School system entitled "The Making of Them" ISBN 0-9537904-0-1.

Maps & Directions

Netherhay, Drimpton, DT8 3RH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


9.00a.m.- 5.00 p.m. and later appointments available Wednesday and Thursdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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