Mary Danielsen

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Dumbarton G82 & Helensburgh G84
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About me

I recognise that thinking about seeing a Counsellor can be daunting.  However there are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing, sometimes tragic events and feelings which seem to have no end or solution in sight.  During such times we may realise that we could benefit from support.  Counselling is a process by which you access a confidential and supportive setting.  This private and exclusive space allows you the freedom to be yourself.

As an Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist Registered with BACP - Registered MBACP Accredited, my qualifications and expertise as an Integrative Psychotherapist offer my clients different models of therapy to suit their individual requirements. I am also a qualified Addiction Counsellor, trained with Alcohol Focus Scotland, and previously worked within a Residential Rehabilitation Programme for substance misuse in Toronto, Canada.

I practice Person Centred Counselling which gives you the opportunity to explore different ways of looking at your life and your situation, assisting you to move towards finding your own direction. I work with compassion and sensitivity respecting your autonomy and individual perspectives and values.

Therapies offered include Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) used successfully to treat PTSD, Trauma and other areas of emotional distress such as phobias and pain. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may also be helpful as an alternative to EMDR, and I work with the individual to find the best mode of therapy to suit their particular requirements.

Other modes of therapy may be explored at the initial meeting. Some of which include working with Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Addictions, Working with adverse childhood traumas and experiences.

Bereavement, Grief and Loss. Also working with Childless Women through Circumstance - which can leave many women feeling isolated and in long term grief.

Career coaching, Behaviour Change and Facilitating your Potential in your life in the areas you desire to make changes in.

Working with Identity at times of transition.

With many years experience as an Integrative Psychotherapist, I work within the areas of Dumbarton and Helensburgh.   My experience includes working with young people and adults, including personnel in the Security Forces. I have worked with Agencies such as Crisis, Stepping Stones, DACA - Addictions, Terence Higgins Trust, as well as Charities and in Private Practice.   Abroad I have worked in the Children's Hospital, Toronto, Canada and worked as a Volunteer in the Community for an Addiction Programme assisting homeless and those with addictions. (Alcohol, gambling)

To Couples:  Relationships of all kinds can undergo many trials and pressures due to work, children, family, relationship issues, and many more stresses of daily living.  I offer couples the space to work through areas which have become too much for them to deal with by themselves.  Couple work has proved very beneficial for many clients, helping them to make decisions so that they may move on with their lives.

The list at the bottom of the page will show the areas of counselling I work with.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, therefore at the first appointment we can explore the situation together and you will have the time you need to consider ongoing therapy with me if you so wish.

For Counsellors: I offer Supervision £50 per 1 hour session.

If you would like to make an appointment with me or discuss anything in relation to your counselling service:     I can be contacted on 07525 259533.

Alternatively, you can contact me by clicking on the "message me" tabs displayed on this page.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Graduate Diploma Counselling, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Couple Counselling - University of Strathclyde, Scotland

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Parts 1 2, and 3 in line with EMDR Ireland and Europe protocols/standards.

Accredited Alcohol Addiction Counsellor, Alcohol Focus Scotland

Qualified Addiction Counsellor Renascent House, Toronto, Canada

Qualified Counsellor - Samaritans, Scotland

The Foundation for Infant Loss Training

Continued Personal Professional Development keeping updated with the latest Research and Psychotherapy in Practice.

Code of Ethics: BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice

Complaints: BACP Professional Conduct Procedures

MA, Brunel University

Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insurance: Holistic Insurance

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


£60.00 - £110.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

The cost of each session is £60 for individuals and £90 for couples. Sessions last 50 mins to one hour.   Fees include on-line Zoom, and telephone counselling. Longer sessions may be arranged - fee pro rata basis.

Couples, please contact me initially to discuss the structure of sessions best suited to your needs.

Corporate/EAP referrals £80 per hour for individuals; £100 for couples.

Supervision £60 per hour

EMDR Counselling £110 per hour

The number of sessions required varies from person to person. One or two sessions may be enough for some people while others need longer term work. This can be discussed at the start and if necessary, reviewed at intervals.

If you are unable to attend an appointment, please contact me to let me know as soon as possible, and also if you wish to re-schedule.

Missed appointments and those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice would be subject to paying the full session fee.

When I work

Face to face.  Also On line (Zoom) & Telephone Counselling.   Helensburgh locations.

Further information

I see clients in Dumbarton and Helensburgh in very comfortable surroundings.  Venues in both areas are close to railway stations.   There is a very efficient train service from Glasgow Queen Street to Helensburgh Central Station and to Dumbarton Central Station.  On site parking is also available.

As explained above, I have worked in Private practice, Addiction agencies, Crisis, The Samaritans, Terence Higgins Trust and within Charity and Business organisations. 

Over the years my practice has allowed me the privilege of working with young people as well as with clients from all age groups, including couples and families.

Please note:  As the counselling relationship is a confidential matter, as your counsellor, if I meet you outside of the counselling room, for example, in the street or shopping centre I will respect your confidence at all times and will not approach you, unless you initiate the conversation.

Dumbarton, G82

Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, G84

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Mary Danielsen
Mary Danielsen