Mary Bryden

Mary Bryden


02086 681950 / 07730 223567

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About me

The effectiveness of therapy is mainly based around the relationship between the therapist and client. Building trust can take time and so my aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere within which you can explore whatever has brought you to therapy. In this way, what happens in your therapy is guided by you.

Every person comes with a unique blend of history and personality and in line with that I blend several different approaches to therapy (person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy) to support the work that we do together. I also acknowledge that we experience our feelings through our bodies and so work holistically with body, mind, and soul where is this appropriate. Sometimes simply being in relation with another person, where there is compassion and warmth, is enough to bring  about change, at other times it will take interventions, challenges and more introspective work to facilitate growth and development.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working with clients since 2012 in a variety of settings including a College, Community Counselling Centre and in Private practice. I have experience working with young people and adults, covering a wide range of issues.​

My psychotherapeutic training has been 'Integrative' which means I  blend different approaches and consider different perspectives on the issues and clients I work with. This has been enhanced through my training at different Colleges and Universities and attending regular CPD events.​

Prior to becoming a counsellor, my previous roles have included; College lecturing, careers advice, youth work and garden design.

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Counselling sessions are charged at £40 an hour.

Some concessions may be available for those on a low wage or for counselling students.

Further information

My private practice is based in my home in Coulsdon, close to Purley, Caterham, Banstead and Croydon, situated only 7 minutes walk from Coulsdon town centre with bus and train connections. On street parking is available.

Maps & Directions

Coulsdon, CR5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Offering week day (including early starts) and evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults