HI I'm Mary and for many years now I've been working with people going through difficult times or struggling with their emotional or mental well-being. Whatever is troubling you at the moment your visiting my profile suggests that you have come to a point where you are ready to at least consider reaching out for support.
There are many reasons why it can be difficult to open up to friends and family. Perhaps you worry about burdening them or that they won't understand. One of the benefits of counselling is the opportunity to talk about what is troubling you with someone who is not involved in your world and has no expectations of you. It can feel daunting trying to find someone you feel comfortable with based solely on a picture and a profile so I always offer clients a telephone call before we meet so you can have a sense of me as a person and how it might be to work together.
Being in a relationship isn’t always easy. It’s only in fairy tales or movies that couples sail off happily into the sunset with never a cross word between them. In reality relationships are challenging and couples can drift into patterns of behaving and relating to each other that damage the intimacy and connection between them.
It can be difficult to see what is happening from inside the relationship. Perhaps attempts to discuss or explain always lead to the same dead end or conversations that start about something small quickly become emotionally charged and upsetting.
At times like this it Is helpful to have somewhere you can come to talk together about your feelings, what is happening and what you would like to happen with someone who doesn’t know you, your friends or families.
Working together, we can identify the blocks in your relationship and find healthier ways of communicating.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Integrative Relational Counselling and experienced in working with issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, work related stress and low-self esteem.
- I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP accreditation is a quality standard awarded to experienced counsellors and psychotherapists who have demonstrated the highest standard of competence)
- As an integrative relational counsellor I use a combination of therapeutic theories to support my work. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including anxiety; depression; abuse; bereavement; relationship difficulties; work related stress; alcohol related issues and I have a knowledge and understanding of 12-step programmes.
- For several years, I worked in an NHS surgery seeing clients referred by their GP due to the impact of some of the difficulties mentioned above.
- From 2012 - 2017 I provided workplace counselling to employees of the Royal Borough of Kingston.
- I am currently in private practice in Clapham and Surbiton. Please specify which location you are interested in when you contact me so I can let you know my availability.
I am committed to continuous professional development and have regular supervision with a senior practitioner.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an understanding of 12 step recovery programmes.
Concessions offered for
It would be helpful if you could let me know which location you are interested in when you make contact please.
Individual sessions £65 (50 minutes)
Couples sessions £75 (50 minutes)
Individual sessions £60 (50 minutes)
Couples sessions £70 (50 minutes)
I appreciate that making the decision to see a counsellor and choosing one you feel comfortable with is a big step so I would be happy for you to contact me without commitment if you are considering counselling. I aim to reply to telephone messages on the same day and email enquiries within 24 hours. There would be no charge for a chat on the phone or a short email.
My practice room in Surbiton has disabled access.