Mary (Johnstone) Sneddon MBACP (Accred)
Sometimes life can really feel like a challenge, and we all can find ourselves thinking, we have no one whom we can turn too in our own lives. Things can happen to us, or we can make decisions that we feel people judge us on, and our way of coping with these situations, can result in us wanting to retreat from everyday life.
If you feel your quality of life has deteriorated; if you are easily overwhelmed and finding it hard to cope; if you need to feel heard and accepted, maybe you need to talk to someone who can listen, and not be shocked by your story. As a counsellor, this is and has been my role with my clients, for many years - To hear, accept and not judge you, to travel alongside you, at a difficult time, holding what you share with me when we meet, whilst knowing I am not involved in any other part of your life.
If something has led you here and you know for sure you want to feel better, it could be you are thinking of reaching out and asking for help. Often this first step into the unknown can be the hardest and most anxiety provoking part, leaving you with lots of questions and uncertainties that you need answers too. Please be assured if you do contact me, and you need to leave a message, I will get back to you as soon as I can and, I will endeavor to answer your questions.
A Little About Me
My name is Mary and my interest in counselling took me into training in the 1990's. My initial training favored the 'the therapeutic relationship’ and then, my interest took me into training and working with trauma. I have spent the last 10 yrs developing my private practice in FIFE , and GLASGOW, offering long and short term counselling to clients, the frequency of which being led by individual need. I am currently working with an array of different issues ranging from trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, phobias to physical and or sexual abuse, to name but a few. MY LABRADOODLE ACCOMPANIES ME TO WORK IN BOTH LOCATIONS AND AFTER AN INITIAL GREETING, HIS QUIET PRESENCE IS FOUND TO BE VERY SOOTHING.
I aim to offer a safe place, where you are in charge of what you share, and what it is you need support with; a place that values your life experiences and wisdom, with no investment on my behalf, about what you should or should not do.
As a Counsellor my client work has shown me how for some people, the drip, drip effect of smaller traumas can over time add up to post traumatic stress, just as a major traumatic event can. An example of trauma for one person could be that they have been bullied, ridiculed or made to feel they don't exist, whilst for another person a trauma could be surviving a serious assault or car crash. Either could be experiencing difficulties coping on a day to day basis, with concentration, sleep, relationships, work, feeling constantly emotionally overwhelmed, sensitive, angry, numb, detached or suffering from horrible physical symptoms such as panic, anxiety, flashbacks or nightmares; sometimes years later, they still find themselves reacting as if the event has just happened.
Experience has shown me, when someone just needs to stop feeling so physically and emotionally overwhelmed; working with a Counsellor helps...With your knowledge of self and my training, we will work at your pace and with greatest respect for the skills that have helped you to survive your story so far. Together we can learn what brings you relief, from how you are feeling physically and emotionally.
If you are looking for someone to listen and walk alongside you at this difficult or challenging time, all it takes is that first step of reaching out for help. If you contact me and I can't speak directly with you, please be assured you can leave a message in confidence and that I will call back as soon as is possible. Alternatively I can be contacted at the following email address,firstname.lastname@example.org
MBACP (Accred) Counsellor
EMDR Uk & Ireland (Accred) Therapist
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - I am an accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellor s and Psychotherapists (MBACP (Accred)).
I am an EMDR Europe Certificated EMDR ( Accred) practitioner
I have a Certificate in Phases 1&2 Brainspotting
I completed year 1 in Somatic Trauma training and have level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training. In addition to this I have a certificate in CRM for working with complex trauma.
I have a post Graduate Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People,
I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Supervision
Over 20 yrs experience in the helping professions. I have experience of working with the Health Board, Social Work Department, Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project, Falkirk District Mental Health Association, Perth Association for Mental Health, EAP work and I have a Private practice. I have been an assistant tutor on a diploma counselling course and I have experience of working both long and short term with clients. I provide supervision to trainee and practicing counsellors and consultation / supervision to individuals not practicing as counsellors, but in work place settings, cworking with individuals. I am also available to deliver workshops on request.
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP
United Kingdom Register of counsellors and psychotherapists UKRCP
EMDR Association united Kingdom and Ireland EMDR UK
European Society for Trauma and Dissociation ESTD
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I enjoy working with a variety of different issues, working short and long term with clients.
I invite you to come along and meet with me, to see if we can work together. There will be a charge for this first meeting. Please note I operate a sliding scale of fees, within which you decide what you can afford. If you would like more information about my fee's prior to an initial meeting, please ask at the point of first contact. I am also open to negotiating the length of appointments as some clients may find 50 minute hour works for them, where for others, they may prefer 1.5 hours; similarly we will discuss the frequency of appointments as I realise this can range from some one wanting to be seen twice a week to every other week.
I enjoy my work as a therapist very much and believe it is more a vocation than a job. The variety of different people, the concerns / issues that they bring to counselling, are ALL equally important to me; and I always endeavor to give my best to my clients.
I have as a result of my past work experience, have a special interest in the area of trauma, Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD); (life threatening events, physical and PSYCHOLOGICAL traumas that can present as depression, stress, anxiety, relationship difficulties, sleep or eating disorders etc); and this has and continues to inform the regular additional training, that I choose to undertake.
I have wide range of experience in working with different issues brought by clients.
Aside from private practice, for a large part of my career, I have worked with local charities, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse; I work for a number of organisations offering short term counselling and I work for a number of organisations as required.