Mary-Ann Byrne BA (Hons) Dip Couns (MBACP)
Hello and Welcome
During the pandemic I am currently providing counselling and psychotherapy over Zoom webcam and telephone, and understand completely that this may not be the preferred choice during this difficult time. I would like to offer reassurance that I have been specifically trained by the Online Counselling Training Services (OCST), a BACP recognised organisation, to provide this service and I use Zoom because it is fully end to end encrypted and secure.
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 main 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. I also have therapy rooms in the BH9 area of Bournemouth
In addition I offer on-line and telephone counselling or home visits to clients who are home bound or in residential care.
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: www.maryanncounselling.com
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.
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
Finding the right counsellor is important, therefore I offer an initial 50 minute consultation at a reduced rate of £25.00.
I offer concessions for those on a reduced income
I offer a reduced rate of £35.00 to trainee counsellors who are completing their personal therapy.
In Person therapy is £45.00 per 50 minute session and Zoom webcam or telephone counselling sessions are £40.00 per 50 minute session.
Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer on the day of your appointment.