Mary-Ann Byrne BA (Hons) Dip Couns (MBACP)

Mary-Ann Byrne BA (Hons) Dip Couns (MBACP)

176 Bournemouth Road
BH14 9HA

07511 823534

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About me

There are times when many of us feel we could benefit from emotional support and although making that first step to see a counsellor can seem enormous, it is a really positive step as talking in confidence to a professional counsellor can help bring clarity and healing and give you much needed support during a painful or anxious time.

Counselling can help you make sense of your emotions and responses and empower you to make changes in your life.  It facilitates the freedom to talk openly and confidentially, in a place where you will be really listened to.

My name is Mary-Ann and as an experienced BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist my aim is to give you the time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings, without fear of criticism or judgement in a safe, supportive, empathic and caring environment.

My practice is based in the Bournemouth Road area of Parkstone, where I use professional counselling rooms, within easy reach of Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.  There is a regular bus and train service and free on road parking.

Home visits to clients who are home bound or in residential care are available.

I am able to work with clients who present with a range of concerns and for several years I have worked at a respected local charity counselling adult survivors of childhood abuse.  I am experienced in working with trauma, dissociation, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

I have also worked as a counsellor within the drug and alcohol services, both at the assessment stage, when clients first enter treatment, and again during their treatment programme.  I later worked with clients who had completed abstinence programmes and needed support in maintaining their recovery.

Other areas I can help with include depression, loss, bereavement, stress, anger management, relationship breakup and employment issues.

I offer short, medium and long-term counselling to adults and young people over 18.   I  also offer concessions to trainee counsellors who are completing their personal therapy and to people who are on a low income or who are unemployed.

For more information please see my website:

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • CPCAB Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Proficiency BACP
  • Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
  • Trauma Dissociation and Self Care                       
  • Dissociative Eating                                          
  • Surviving Childhood Abuse and Parenting                 
  • Certificates in Tackling Substance Misuse 2 and 3      
  • Sexualised trauma
  • Trauma and the impact on the Body                            
  • Working with Shame                                                  
  • Working with Self-harm                                               
  • Risk Assessment of Domestic Abuse and MARAC process
  • Safeguarding Children                                         
  • Safeguarding Adults                                                      
  • Mental Capacity Act

I trained primarily as a Person-Centred therapist and I am also experienced in other modalities and therapeutic approaches and work as an integrative therapist.  I find this approach allows for more flexibility in helping with a variety of difficulties.

I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.

To enhance my practice I attend regular professional development training, seminars, events and conferences with a particular interest in trauma, dissociation, attachment and neuroscience.

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Finding the right counsellor is important, therefore I offer an initial 50 minute consultation at a reduced rate of £20.00.

Counselling sessions are £40.00 for 50 minutes held weekly at the same time and day.

I offer a reduced rate of £30.00 to trainee counsellors who are completing their personal therapy.  I also offer concessions for people who are on a low income or unemployed.

Payment can be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer on the day of your appointment.

Further information

If you feel I can help or you would like further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

My contact details are:

Phone: 07511 823534

Email: email me here


Maps & Directions

Poole, BH14 9HA

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday to Saturday 8am until 8pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme