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About me

“I am not defined by my scars but the incredible ability to heal.”
  - lemn Sissay -

I see clients for many different reasons; some may be going through a significant life event or maybe struggling to manage stressful circumstances which can show itself in many different ways such as anxiety & depression, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders and many more.

Whatever the issues that you choose to bring to counselling, my approach is not to medicalise your issues but to provide a non-judgemental, safe and confidential space whereby you can feel supported to work through whatever matters to you. I can support you to gain a greater understanding of your concerns which can help in developing a deeper self-awareness and promote our own solutions to problems. Emotional pain hits us all, so if something doesn’t feel right then it’s ok to seek help.

Prior to my training as a psychotherapist, I worked for over twenty years for the NHS working as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner within primary care and a Community Mental Health Nurse. My career within the NHS mental health services has motivated me to make counselling more accessible to clients who have a psychiatric medical diagnosis and who want to explore their experiences outside the remit of a medical model. Some clients find diagnosis helpful as a means to validate and understand their distress while others may feel this is misaligned with their experience; I support clients to find out what works for them to enable them to foster personal potential and autonomy over their lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Qualifications

  • Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapist, PGDip level 7 (The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), NHS IAPT trained
  • Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills & Studies, level 6 (University of Derby).
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN), Birmingham
  • EMDR qualified (parts 1-4)
  • Regular CPD training

Relevant Experience

  • Safe Space Nottingham (current)
  • Nottingham Counselling Service (current)
  • Nottingham women’s Centre
  • University of Nottingham, counselling service.
  • Mind Nottinghamshire    
  • Lincolnshire Youth Offending Team
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS
  • Home-Start Grantham

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • EMDR
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Individual £45 per hour 

I offer a initial free 20 minute zoom or phone appointment, where we can discuss your needs and my counselling approach.  This can be helpful to establish whether I am the right person for you to work with. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am - 6pm; please contact me for availability. 

Further information

I am currently working online via Zoom and offer telephone counselling. Once it is safe to do so I shall resume face to face counselling but also continue to offer online and telephone sessions if this is preferred.

Grantham
Leicestershire
NG32

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Mary Bostock, PGDip Psychotherapist & Counsellor, MBACP

Mary Bostock, PGDip Psychotherapist & Counsellor, MBACP