Mary-Claire Wilson MBACP, Dip Couns, Dip Ad. Psychology, Ba (Hons), MA
How I Work:
I provide a warm and confidential space to support you in finding your own way. Sometimes a chance to voice what's going on for you can offer relief. In the safe space we'll create together, we can reflect on any issues you might have, any difficult feelings, and any unwanted thoughts. We can also discover, affirm and celebrate your talents, achievements and strengths, as we travel the road to insight, growth and compassion. The aim is to find meaning and the capacity to live a fuller life. I offer long, short and medium term counselling or therapy. Sometimes twice weekly is appropriate. We can discuss this in our initial consultation.
I don't take the 'blank screen' approach, meaning I don't stare at you in silence. If I don't share my thoughts with you, the therapy is only taking place in my head. I provide a non-judgemental and loving space, where I value you for the unique individual you are. This kind of environment can be rare to find, and powerful to experience. Clients have said that they feel cared for and supported by me, and that they've made important discoveries and gained fresh insights.
As an Integrative therapist, I'm trained in a range of modalities, so I tailor my approach to suit your needs. I'm informed by several theoretical traditions, including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and body-oriented therapy. Working with the body, I use techniques such as mindfulness, sensing, breathing, grounding and visualising. Monitoring our embodied states is particularly important, since emotions are physiological events, created, felt and regulated through the body.
The authentic relationship between us is at the heart of my practice. Genuine empathy, warmth and humour enable us to make soul connections. I've experienced in my own personal therapy the power of authentic and enabling relationships. I've faced my own life challenges, and I found compassion, care and creativity in my relationships with my therapists. I aim to provide the same.
What to Expect in the First Session:
Here we'd explore, with your permission, what's brought you to therapy, what you hope for, and address any questions you might have. I'll also have some questions to ask you about your experience and your history, although it's your choice what you choose to share. It's a chance to see if you feel comfortable working with me. There is no obligation attached to this meeting. It's your decision as to whether we continue together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working in easy reach of North, East, West and Central London. I follow the BACP Ethical Framework for professional practice. I'm also a member of the Body Psychotherapy Network and an Approved Anxiety UK Therapist (APPTS accreditation).
I'm an experienced therapist, having completed my formal Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Minster Centre, one of the leading Integrative therapy training institutions in the UK and Europe. I work as a therapist in private practise. I also work at the East London Mental Health Service (ELMS, previously MIND), an organisation offering short term counselling to the local community, as part of my commitment to inclusion, meaning I work with and welcome clients from diverse backgrounds. I'm committed to developing my personal and professional integration through reflective practice, supervision and Continual Professional Development (CPD). As part of this commitment I'm completing a UKCP accredited MA in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I've worked at Highbury Counselling Centre, providing long-term counselling and therapy to clients. I've also worked with adults with long-term mental health issues, in supported housing or residential care homes, as part of the Forest Community Project team. I've previously worked in the fields of journalism, art and creative writing.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Separation and Divorce
Affairs and Betrayal
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation, and an initial meeting at a reduced fee of £30 for individuals, £50 for couples. This is a chance to see if you feel comfortable working with me. There's no obligation attached to our meeting.
Weekly counselling and psychotherapy sessions are £60 per session. Couples are £80 per session. I have some concessions available for those on low incomes, students and the unwaged. We could discuss this further at our initial meeting.
Please enquire if you want to discuss further whether I can help in a particular area.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments daytimes and in the evenings.
Types of client