Mary Upton MBACP Accredited

Mary Upton MBACP Accredited



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About me

I work as a couples counsellor and also on a one-to-one basis with individuals. The types of issues I help clients with, include:

Couple relationships: improving communication, working through problematic issues, recognising blind spots and strengthening bonds
Parenting after Parting
Moving forward after relationship breakdown
Family or other important relationship issues
Moving on after emotional and/or physical abuse
Spiritual issues
Bereavement and grief
Self-esteem, identity and confidence issues
Work related problems
Life changes and transition stages

I also offer small group work with some training input on specific subjects.
Please contact me with your requirements or for ideas, either as an individual, or as part of an existing group with recognised needs, or as a company in respect of staff communication, CPD or other needs.


Recently I completed my SIRPA practitioner training in London. This training has given me new skills and tools to work with people wishing to recover from chronic pain. The SIRPA recovery programme works with Stress Illness disorders, otherwise termed Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), Tension Myoneural Syndrome and also Mind Body Syndrome. The work was pioneered by Dr. John Sarno, M.D. in the United States. For more information please contact me directly and you can also view the website.

Training, qualifications & experience


Bereavement - Cruse
Domestic Abuse - WDVSS, Relate, Women's Refuge
Couples and Relationships - Relate trained
Parenting after Parting - Resolution (family law) trained
Feeling Safe - for people who have experienced domestic abuse
Couples and affairs - Relate
Survivors of sexual abuse - Safeline, Relate
SIRPA Pain Recovery Practitioner Training


1995 B A Hons Degree Sociology and Education 2.1 (Warwick University)
1999 City & Guilds Further and Adult Teaching Cert 730, stages 1& 2
2006 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
2007 Accredited Bereavement Volunteer with Cruse
2007 Group Skills Theory and Practice for Trainers, OCN and Relate
2008 Relate Couples Counsellor
2009 Resolution Workshop Presenter (Parenting after Parting)
2009 Feeling Safe Certificate (programme for people who have experienced domestic abuse)


1996     Young people leaving care - working in a hostel
1997     Working with carers, setting up services in rural areas
1999     Managed a Women's Refuge for women and children escaping abuse
2000     Managed a Relate Counselling Centre
2006     Worked as a counsellor within university counselling service
2006 -7 Worked as a cruse bereavement volunteer
From 2006 Worked as a counsellor and trainer with Relate
From 2007 Working privately as a counsellor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


Mon - Fri 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.                                           £40 per session

Mon - Fri 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. and Sat 10.00 - 12.00.       £45 per session

Concessions are available please ask me.

First session lasts 1.5 hour
Ongoing sessions 1hour


Pre-book and pre-pay for 4 x £40 sessions for £130 instead of £160 - save £30
Pre-book and Pre-pay for 4 x £45 sessions for £150 instead of £180 - save £30

This offer can be booked at the end of the first session

Chronic Pain Programme - please contact me for costs and information
(15 minute free telephone consultation initially)

Further information

Counselling takes place from a private, comfortable counselling room in Southam.

All counselling is confidential. Please feel free ring or email me if you have any questions.

Maps & Directions

Southam, CV47

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


Mon - Fri 9.00 - 4.00 Mon & Tues 7 - 9.00pm