Mary O'Neill MSc; MBACP (Accred) EMDR (Accred)

Mary O'Neill MSc; MBACP (Accred) EMDR (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

Is life a struggle for you right now? You may be dealing with the break up of a relationship, or you may have lost someone dear to you through bereavement. You may be dealing with a stressful work environment where you feel bullied depressed and anxious.

If that is the case what can counselling offer?

If you are in crisis, it helps to have someone to talk to; someone who is non-judgemental and who will listen to what you have to say without telling you what to do.
I offer a safe and accepting environment where you can take time to explore the issues that are troubling you.
How long we work together will depend on the issue, but my aim is to help you gain an insight into your situation and to help you understand how best to move forward.

I specialise in helping people who are experiencing a hostile work environment, it may be the result of unacceptable behaviour (harassment or workplace bullying), excessive workload or a difficult colleague.

I practice a type of counselling called Transactional Analysis (TA) developed by Eric Berne in the 1950's. 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 your life.

EMDR and Trauma treatment
I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma. This is an evidence based treatment for PTSD and so if you are troubled by PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and constant anxiety then you might want to consider this treatment. It is highly effective at reducing symptoms and I am often amazed at the positive impact it has on clients.
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 Adults (16+) and couples;
I also offer counselling via Skype.

More about me 
I established my private practice in Edinburgh (Amaranth Counselling) and when I moved to East Lothian in 2010 I started working in Cockenzie. I now see clients at my premises in the Cockenzie Business Centre on the Edinburgh Road.

I have a Masters degree in TA counselling which explored the dynamics of workplace bullying and the effectiveness of counselling for clients experiencing this problem. I am currently researching this issue further and have recently established a coaching service aimed at coaching abrasive managers. As a member of the International Association for Workplace Bullying and Harassment, (IAWBH) a research based community focussing on the issue of Bullying and Harassment. I have recently published a research paper in collaboration with my colleague Denise Borland on the impact of workplace bullying on people.

I was a post doctoral research fellow at Edinburgh University and worked in scientific research (genetics and microbiology).
I 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
  • EMDR Accredited Practitioner
  • 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
STAA: Scottish Transactional Analysis Association
EMDR Assoc.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Workplace Bullying and Harassment


£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.
Targets of Bullying often feel worthless and lose confidence in themselves, they experience the bully as critical and blaming and if nothing is done to help then the organisation is perceived to be ineffective and condoning of the bullying behaviour.

Counselling is helpful in restoring confidence and the client is able to get insight into the dynamic.

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


Wheelchair access: No


Monday (day and evening), Thursday (evening) and Friday (daytime)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme