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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 www.sirpauk.com 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

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Person-centred therapy


Additional information

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)


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

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.


Type of session

In person
Mary Upton MBACP Accredited

Mary Upton MBACP Accredited