Mary Goodwill

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BA (Psych) Hons, Adv Dip MBACP, PGCE
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Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1DJ
Limited availability
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

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

I provide ‘Talking Therapy’ (BACP registered counselling and psychotherapy) face-to-face in Ottery St Mary and/or online anywhere you are, priced at £40 p/h. Offering a free 20 minute introductory phone call to help you decide if I'm the right therapist for you..

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 your 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 realize your potential, improve your self-esteem and confidence
  • 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 I hope 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 have encountered a wide range of clients with trauma, PTSD and c-PTSD; as a trauma - informed practitioner, we can work collaboratively to provide a safe space in which the trauma can be explored depending on your wishes (events do not need to be revisited). Healing, relief, empowerment and the realization that one need not be defined by the past have been frequent outcomes.

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

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As well as having experience with the above boxes ticked, I have other areas of knowledge and interest:

  • obsessive compulsive ‘disorder’ OCD, pure O obsessive thoughts
  • depression, low mood, feeling sad
  • anxiety & uncertainty: health anxiety, ageing, death anxiety, panic attacks
  • cognitive distortions - ruminating, intrusive thoughts, suicidal thoughts, flashbacks
  • neurobiology, the nervous system and poly vagal theory
  • loss – of work, health, physical abilities, neonatal loss, relationship and pet
  • grief and bereavement – suicide, complicated, cumulative, disenfranchised grief
  • cancer and illness (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome), pain management
  • transitions - empty nest syndrome, moving, etc
  • eating ‘disorders’ – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating. restricting, AFRID.
  • trauma - PTSD/ PTSR, c-PTSD (complex relational, fawning and co-dependency). 
  • relationship issues
  • EUPD – emotional unstable personality disorder, bipolar disorder.
  • ageing
  • inner child work
  • chakras 
  • attachment styles – avoidant, ambivalent, secure and disorganised
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR stress management
  • Mindfulness techniques, visualizations, breath work, grounding, earthing, meditation
  • Holistic healing
  • Emotion Freedom Technique EFT Tapping Therapy 
  • Narcissism and narcissistic behaviours – gaslighting, manipulation, coercive control. 
  • Pattern changing.
  • dreams and nightmares
  • addictions - substance, alcohol, exercise, gambling, sex, porn, food, hoarding, phone, shop-lifting, gaming and effects on the partner, etc
  • isolation and loneliness
  • neurodivergence – dyslexia, ADHD and learning ‘differences’
  • parenting skills and challenges supporting children
  • coaching
  • working with shame, guilt, jealousy, resentment, forgiveness and regret.

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Sessions are 1-hour long, charged at £40.00, weekly or fortnightly to suit your needs.

* If you enquire about therapy using your email as a contact, please also include your telephone number so I can let you know I have responded (some reply emails may default to junk depending on your settings). Thank you. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am fairly flexible regarding sessions available: weekly, fortnightly, short or longer term therapy depending on your requirements. 

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 'Whereby' 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.

Initial contact: following initial contact, we can arrange a free, no obligation telephone or online conversation of 20 minutes to talk about your counselling needs and how best you would like to work together.

Hill House, 1 The Flexton, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1DJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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; it is situated on the ground floor of the building. For your privacy, there is no waiting room - the door is answered immediately and you will be shown straight through.

Mary Goodwill
Mary Goodwill