Mary Brierley

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MBACP (Accred), MBPsS
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Chester, CH4 9NR
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About me

Does life seem difficult to cope with? Are you feeling anxious? I offer a safe and confidential counselling service based in my home.

I am a Person-centred counsellor who has been awarded Accreditation with the BACP. I have experience in working with individuals struggling with many different issues, including: trauma, anxiety, lack of self esteem, also alcohol and food addition.

I have completed levels 1,  2 and 3 in Brainspotting.  This a different kind of therapy based on EMDR and somatic theory to provide a safe and effective way of processing issues, including traumatic events and addiction.

I offer counselling to adults and young people over 15 years.

I work from home, which is fully disabled friendly with wheelchair access. My working area overlooks the garden and has a view that my clients say feels very calming.

Feedback from a former Client:

"Thank you very much for all of your listening and support. I feel very strong and empowered now and have my confidence restored".

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a post-graduate Diploma from Liverpool John Moores University and am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPsS). I am also an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work using the BACP Code of Ethics. I have been audited by the BACP and met the requirements.  

I worked for over 10 years as a counsellor with a charity that specialises in supporting survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse.  I now have a private practice based at my home.  I understand how difficult it can seem to share personal aspects of life. I work with adults and young people 15 years and over.

I have a current CRB check and I am registered with the IOC.

I have completed training in a very effective new kind of therapy called Brainspotting, (levels 1, 2 &3).  It is a development of EMDR that supports the releasing of anxiety, trauma and addiction.  If you wish to find out more then there is a short video on UTube called What is Brainspotting by David Grand, or watch one by Dr Mark Grixti by clicking on this link

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Dissosiative Identity Disorder (DID)


£45.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer the first 30 minutes free and then charge clients £45 per hour. Discounts are available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays and Thursdays between 11.00 - 19.00

Tuesday 15.00 - 18.00

Wednesdays 13.00 - 17.00

Further information

Earlier in my life I worked as a teacher in a primary school for over 20 years. I was a mentor for students at Manchester Metropolitan University for 8 years until December 2012.

Dodleston, Chester, CH4 9NR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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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.

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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.

There is full wheelchair access with wide doorways and a ramp. However, there is no waiting area as counselling takes place wthin my home.

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