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About me

I adopt an integrative person-centred approach, drawing from elements of  different models, where appropriate, including:

  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT)
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Gestalt
  • Visualisation & Mindfulness etc.

I offer both short or longer term therapy for issues including:
Stress, Generalised Anxiety, Anger, Depression, Low Self-esteem, Loss & Bereavement, relationship problems (not Couples) etc.

Your overall well being is of central importance to me & to help you to lead a more fulfilling life during & after therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred) - Membership No. NCS-15-02326, working under the NCS Code of Ethics (available to view online). My professional membership means that I work within the NCS ethical framework & guidelines to ensure your safety & maintain confidentiality at all times. This involves regular monthly supervision & ongoing personal & professional development, offering you the most up-to-date service.

Training to date: Chrysalis Not for profit Ltd. NCS Accredited Professional Therapy Training endorsed by the Professional Standards Authority:

Aug 2019 Member of the National Counselling Society MNCS Accred. , having completed 100 hours supervised face-to-face counselling.

August 2018 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Dip PC).

Feb 2017 Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory Level 4 (Dip CST).

I also qualified as a Hypnotherapist (MHS) - Membership No. HYP14-01163. Registered with the National Hypnotherapy Society in 2015, following a life-long career as a Pharmacist. I feel that my dedication in this caring professional role has contributed towards developing a deeper level of empathy in relation to a wide range of medical conditions. This ultimately means that I can wholeheartedly support you on your therapeutic journey.

I also currently work as a part-time volunteer counsellor for Knowle West Health Association, a Counselling Charity in Bristol which offers free open-ended counselling.

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Self confidence

Low self-esteem

Grief & Bereavement counselling


Telephone/Skype/Zoom Counselling £40 (50- 60 mins; £20 (30 minutes)*

Face to face Sessions (1 hour) £40 per session (60 minutes)*. Not currently available during COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions.

Limited concessionary places available from £30 (50 minutes)

*Payment by Bank transfer, in advance of each session (details given during initial consultation).

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors


Telephone, Online video platforms (Skype, Zoom)

Flexible appointment times available (Mon - Thurs). 

Further information

First contact is arranged by Email or by phone (free up to 15 mins), to arrange a mutually convenient date & time for your first session. Essential contact & admin details are exchanged & details of a Therapeutic Contract sent for you to reflect upon before your first session. This states relevant professional boundaries, including, cancellation terms, agreed fees & payment details.

During your first session I provide a confidential space to help define a realistic 'goal' for therapy . This ensures that I can offer you the best quality of service & to decide whether or not I feel qualified to take issues forward. If not, I can assist you with referral to a different therapist to more appropriately support you. Once you're comfortable & we agree to continue, therapeutic contract details are discussed, agreed & signed.

How many times have you told yourself "I wish I didn't feel like this" , "anxious all the time".. "no confidence in anything I do"! "I need to change because life isn't worth living like this...", then it may be time to decide to make a few changes. Accepting that you want to change can make all the difference.

I appreciate that making this first brave step to take up counselling sessions, may be a fearful step for you but once you've decided that "enough is enough", counselling can offer you a safe, calm & non-judgmental environment to explore issues & uncover emotions which have been sub-consciously buried for far too long. This can often be the cause of build-up of tension in the form of anxiety . This first brave step is all it takes to help explore & release unnecessary tension, often associated with unacknowledged guilt, shame, internalised anger, emotional abuse & much more, depending on your individual experience.

With my support, we can work together in a collaborative way, at your own pace, in a one-to-one confidential environment to explore the wider picture. Creating small changes gradually throughout the therapeutic process & finding new more effective ways of coping, will help you to live your life in a more contented & fulfilling way during & after therapy.

North Somerset

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Mary Anne Smith - MNCS Accred

Mary Anne Smith - MNCS Accred