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BA (Psych) Hons, Adv Dip MBACP, PGCE

About me

Hello, my name is Mary – if you are here, you are most welcome... 

I provide ‘Talking Therapy’ face-to-face in Ottery St Mary and/or online anywhere you are, priced at £40 p/h, with concessionary rates.

Challenges in life face us all and may blinker our way ahead. Whatever might be troubling you – past, present, or future issues, I’m here to:

  • Provide a safe, inclusive, comfortable, confidential space; somewhere you’re wellbeing is valued
  • Build a trusting, warm psychotherapeutic relationship, in which to discover more about yourself
  • Listen with empathy, openness, and non-judgement 
  • Respond with fairness, honesty, and sincerity in a down-to-earth manner
  • Work collaboratively to find whichever approach is most helpful for you
  • Walk alongside exploring your journey, giving you support along the way
  • Sit with you through discomfort and uncertainty
  • Provide you with coping tools to weather the toughest of storms
  • Cultivate awareness, meaning, acceptance and hope
  • Assist and encourage you to realise your potential
  • Help consider the choices available to you and whether you want to change ….

Perhaps you’ve decided it’s time to take more care of yourself and perhaps we can work together therapeutically to ensure you can.

Feel free to call or email me to discuss a way forward. Warm wishes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor (Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling) with a psychology degree (BA Hons) which means I am trained in counselling skills, theory, and practice with the added benefit of having scientific knowledge regarding the human mind and behaviour. I’ve also been a schoolteacher which required strong interpersonal skills, creativity, adaptability, facilitating peoples’ unique abilities and of course, patience. 

Topped off by…oodles of lived experience - my own continuing mental health journey.

I am influenced by several humanistic and integrative approaches which put you, your rights, and your experience at the centre of the work. I strongly believe that we humans are all interconnected, that we share many similarities, yet we are each radiantly unique - our work together will reflect all of this. I will draw on these principles and consult with you throughout as to the way you want to proceed with your therapy - because you know yourself best.

I have been glad to work for several different mental health care organizations for some time now ranging from Devon Partnership Trust (DPT), Devon Recovery Learning Community (DRLC), Balloons, Pete’s Dragons, Wellington Counselling, and the Margaret Jackson Centre meeting with a wide range of service users and clients.

I’m a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I abide by this organization’s ethical framework, guidelines for good practice and codes of confidentiality.

Member organisations


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

Other areas of experience and interest:

  • Loss – of work, of health, of physical abilities, neonatal loss, and pet loss
  • Covid-related bereavement
  • suicidal thoughts
  • transitions
  • pain management
  • death anxiety
  • ageing
  • dreams and nightmares
  • exercise addiction
  • cognitive distortions (thinking errors)
  • boarding school syndrome
  • isolation and loneliness
  • dyslexia and learning differences
  • parenting skills and challenges with children
  • stress management
  • coaching
  • working with shame, guilt, forgiveness and regret.

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£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40.00 p/hr with some concessions for students and those on lower incomes

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am fairly flexible regarding the psychotherapy and counselling sessions available. Depending on your requirements, we can discuss if you would prefer short or longer term therapy.

Further information

Face-to-face: I have a private, comfortable counselling room based in the centre of Ottery St Mary.

Online: I use the online platform zoom for video counselling sessions.

Parking: There is free, 1-hour, public, on street parking to the front of the therapy premises and longer free parking at the nearby supermarket.

Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My therapy room has wheelchair accessibility with disabled on street parking nearby.

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