92-94 Tooley St
The City Of London
Welcome, I believe there is no reason for anyone to continue to feel sad, anxious or depressed. I also believe that negative situations can be used as a catalyst to push you forward and even motivate you toward achieving the change you desire. As a person with epilepsy, I had to learn how to turn a disability into an advantage and how to cope with stress and anxiety.
I treat those with anxiety, panic attacks, stress, confidence, low self-esteem, loneliness, or relationship issues. Together we will examine and modify any long-standing patterns that may interfere with your functioning, relationships and quality of life. I work in London Bridge (SE1) and Muswell Hill (N10).
If you want a counsellor who sits back saying “tell me more about this…….” or "Uh huh” this is not me.
If you want a highly intellectual type of analysis who spends multiple sessions analysing dream’s then I am not the right person for you. I am an active counsellor who gets involved in therapy. One who gives advice, homework, reviews and feedback on progress. I will answer most questions as I believe counselling is a collaborative process.
Many people have excellent insights into their issues yet are still stuck, people like this need a powerful psychological jump start to help them move forward.
Our work together will promote this movement, counseling is not a forever process. You should feel and see change happening.
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other. It will be a space for you to ask any questions you may have about me or the counselling process and to talk about what brings you to counselling.
Within a safe environment, you will be encouraged to take risks, try new things, and practice the change you hope to achieve. All aspects of the counselling process are designed to help you experience real behavioral change and eliminate the problems that impede healthy relationships.
Although I focus on anxiety, depression, confidence and relationship difficulties I have a wide range of experience counselling people with other difficulties. I believe all issues overlap and I enjoy helping people inside the therapy room to bring that joy outside into their life.
It can be difficult to talk to those close to you as they often, understandably, struggle to remain impartial. Sometimes professional support is needed so that you can express yourself to someone who has no vested interest in you being any particular way and who will not be shocked, overwhelmed or judgemental about what you have to say. It can be surprising how valuable it can be to have a space where you can be helped to explore for yourself what your own responses, perceptions and feelings are, to find fresh and unimagined ways of looking at and experiencing problematic emotions, relationships and situations.
My Muswell Hill address is close to the following areas:
East Finchley, Highgate, Hampstead, Crouch End, Archway, Finsbury Park, Southgate, Barnet, Bounds Green, Wood Green, Arnos Grove, Potters Bar, Palmers Green, Alexandra Palace, Barnet, Islington, Cockfosters, Oakwood, Friern Barnet, Woodside park,
My London Bridge address is close to the following tubes and rail stations:
Aldgate Tube, Bank Station, The Barbican, Blackfriars, Canon Street, King William station, Liverpool St station, Lothbury Tube, Ludgate Circus Tube, Mansion House Tube, Mark Lane Tube, Moorgate station, St Pauls station.
I am experienced in counselling clients who have difficulties including:
- confidence, self esteem, life coaching
- relationship difficulties
How I can help
For counselling to work we build a relationship based on trust. During the process you will be listened to with empathy while you feel and see change happen as anxiety melts away. I consult with leading supervisors and psychotherapists in confidence to ensure quality therapy for my clients.
Sadly there is no magic. I can't prescribe you with pills or lotions. There is no lying down on a couch with me sitting in a white coat pen and paper in hand. Instead, we will sit in comfy chairs and you will do most of the talking, I do the listening and together we reflect and arrive at the 'right answer' for you. In therapy we will discuss the behaviours which you then need to practise in life outside, an effort from both of us helps to bring forth the change you long for.
"I had 12 sessions with Mary and she helped me a great deal. I found her very intuitive, calm, kind and patient. I definitely benefitted hugely from my weekly hour with her and she enabled me to really move forward" Client with confidence, stress and depression issues.
"I came to Mary with self confidence issues and anxiety, particularly in social situations. During my sessions with Mary I was able to confront the reasons for my feelings of anxiety and develop new ways of thinking that have helped me immensely in moving forward in a positive direction. Mary's calm and patient approach was exactly what I needed and I'm extremely grateful for her help in working towards a better me" Client with anxiety and confidence issues.
"Mary helped me through a difficult period of my life. I had twelve sessions with her, which helped me to see more clearly and to overcome some grief and relationship issues I had. She is easy to talk to, very kind and wise. I would recommend her to anyone with similar problems."
For further testimonials please read my website www.m-mcilroycounselling.com
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional background is in education and as I have always been drawn to helping people this work brought me into counselling services (including counselling teenagers in inclusion units). I have also worked as a volunteer counsellor with Victim Support for seven years. My Counselling & Psychotherapy training school is the fully accredited Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, here I achieved:
- a post-graduate in Counselling & psychotherapy awarded by the University of East London.
- an MBACP from the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy) of which I am a registered member.
- I have studied Mindfulness
- Sex therapy training at Spectrum Therapy Center
- CBT diploma ('CBT with Heart') run by Adrian Hemmings from the university of Chester.
- Certificate in Ecopsychology from the psychosynthesis Trust.
- Prior to counselling I gained a BA (Hons) from Middlesex university
- I later retrained as a teacher and achieved a PGCE in Education from SouthBank university.
- I have previously worked as a volunteer with Victim Support where I trained to deal with physical, sexual and domestic violence. I have counselled teenagers in secondary schools and provided foster support for the Borough of Haringey. I believe my experience in various counselling settings and my education in child development and teaching complements my work as a therapist today.
- I work with MIND counselling those with severe mental health issues and suicidal ideation.
My experience includes assisting training workshops at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust.
I am the member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their professional code of practice and am engaged in regular clinical supervision.
I am Irish born in Dublin Ireland.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to helping individuals recover from the aftermath of trauma, I offer treatment for anxiety and career related stress. I also help people push through feelings of depression into happiness. I strive to enable people to become all that they can be. I believe my work as a counsellor & psychotherapist is enriched by my earlier work and training in the fields of education & business studies.
I offer a safe and supportive environment for short-term or long-term therapy. Many people find the session room becomes a haven for expressing feelings that they believed will be harshly judged elsewhere. Providing a safe place gives them some relief, because they are so self-critical. Treatment is collaborative and pragmatic usually resulting in the following long-term benefits:
Increasing the skills you need to help manage your emotions.
Providing you with psychological tools to help you cope with externally imposed difficulties.
Finding solutions for main areas of stress and helping make most appropriate decisions.
Helping you become all you can be and helping you discover your path to fulfilment.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
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When considering therapy it is natural not to be clear about the length and depth of engagement that is right for you. I recommend that you get in touch and we can arrange an initial meeting. This will be an opportunity to meet each other, see how it goes and then decide if therapy feels right.
Session fees are £50.
I do require a minimum of 3 days cancellation notice otherwise the fee will still need to be paid.
Start, just see how it goes and you may be pleasantly surprised.
I can offer day or evening sessions, some flexibility in session dates is possible.
Free parking is guaranteed in Muswell Hill N10.
My Muswell Hill address is easy access from: New Southgate, Friern Barnet, Bounds Green, Arnos Grove, North Finchley, Woodside park, Palmers Green, Oakwood, Potters Bar
Tubes convenient for Muswell Hill N10 are: Highgate, Bounds Green, Southgate, Finchley, East Finchley, Archway, Wood Green, Finsbury Park,
It is easy to access my premises in The City of London SE1, it is a 5 minute walk from London Bridge station, Bank, Liverpool St, Holborn, Westminster
I am also close to: Bankside, South Bank, Lambeth , Southwark, Bermondsey , Vauxhall, Old Kent Road
- The algorithm for happiness
- Linking thinking with allowing your inner voice to speak
- Ambition and anxiety
- Ambition and success
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Times can be flexible. I offer day / evening sessions in: London Bridge SE1 & Muswell Hill N10. Nearby tubes: Liverpool St, Canon St, Embankment, Bank Station, Westminster, Holborn
Types of client
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