Mary-Claire Wilson MBACP, Dip Couns, Ad. Dip/MA Psychotherapy
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 tend to work in a long-term, open-ended way. 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, or fear, 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 we're suited to work together. There is no obligation attached to this meeting. Please see my website for further details.
I'm also a supervisor. I provide supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and therapists. Both psychotherapy and supervision aim to help people grow and evolve. Please see my Supervision page either here on the Counselling Directory, or on my website, for further details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully 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 a highly experienced therapist, having completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling, and MA/Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy at one of the leading Integrative therapy training institutions in the UK and Europe. I work full-time as a therapist in private practise. I've previously worked 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).
I've also worked at Highbury Counselling Centre, providing long-term counselling and therapy to clients. I've worked with adults with long-term mental health issues, in supported housing or residential care homes, as part of the Forest Community Project team. My first MA was in English Language and Literature at Oxford University. I've previously worked in the fields of journalism, art and creative writing.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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 £45 for individuals, £55 for couples. This is a chance to see if we're suited to work together. There's no obligation attached to our meeting.
Weekly counselling and psychotherapy sessions are £70 per session. Couples are £90 per session.
Please enquire if you want to discuss further whether I can help in a particular area.
I'm also a supervisor currently completing a Diploma in Supervision, and so I offer low-cost supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and therapists. Please enquire for further details.