Mary Henderson Psychotherapeutic Counsellor PsychD MNCS Accred
Covid-19 and long months of lockdown has caused us to feel more stressed than normal with feelings of depression and low moods, sometimes resulting with anxiety, these feelings can be heightened during lock-down and also as we enter out, perhaps loneliness and often unwanted thoughts and memories, can be more obvious and more difficult to deal with, especially during this time, support and sharing those worries, thoughts or anxieties can be eased by talking. Now we are out of lockdown and still a wee way to go before we can return to any kind of normal, this can or may have had a detrimental affect especially as we navigate our way out, we therefore should be aware of any mental health difficulties.
Online and telephone counselling I found it has proven to be effective providing a feeling of support. I work with zoom, however where possible it is so much nicer to have face to face contact, it helps normalise our therapeutic work.
I currently work within NHS referral mental health service as well as running my own successful private practice as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, I personally love my chosen profession and really enjoy meeting new people and working together, whatever their difficulties, is a privilege!
I am an integrative therapist, this means I use a wide range of tools, and tailor therapy to individual needs of the individual client. My main focus is always to support my client and help them to move beyond their symptoms and to provide coping strategies that are effective to help move forward for a more fulfilling life with tools to use when needed. I often use mindfulness techniques with the clients permission and this helps the client find a peaceful, safe mental place to help them if and when they need.
Many of my clients present a wide range of concerns that impact their day-to-day life and I specialise in many areas to support many past or present events in their lives, I specialise in many traumatic memories and grief areas. Past traumas can be complex from past situations and cause distress, can also arise from any traumatic present situations, so during difficult times any trauma can impact on daily living or activities, through discussion, it helps to understand and allows a person to move forward by addressing their difficulties.
You may have lost your job or it has changed during lockdown and that can cause a feeling of loss, which in many cases Covid-19 and lockdown has already caused.
I understand on a personal level, loneliness and traumatic medical difficulties due to my past serious illness, I know how this can cause fear, loneliness and/or anxiety. Therefore I can bring support with personal and professional knowledge along with tools to help ease life at difficult times. Often those difficult times lead to fear, numbness, anxiety resulting in trauma and sometimes leading onto PTSD.
My belief is that each person is an individual with personal individual needs and my unique approach and skill sets accommodates this.
My goal is to exclusively focus on my clients and treat with respect! (Treat as I would like to be treated) is my motto!
It should be noted like all therapy it is a two way relationship and commitment is needed from both sides to make effective progress, working through trauma, loss and/or grief as well as many other difficult experiences proves to have a very rewarding outcome to wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Advanced Psychotherapeutic integrative Counsellor and worked in a voluntary sector with adults from past childhood sexual abuse.
I currently work in adult services with clients referred by the NHS for many issues and traumas.
I have a diploma in MB-CBT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Currently studying EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), completion 2020.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday day and evening
Tuesday day and evening
I offer online and telephone counselling and I am flexible to suit needs of clients during Covid-19 lock down.