Mary Hunter (Masters in Counselling. MBACP. )
My training as a counsellor was at the University of Edinburgh. It encompassed both the person-centered and psychodynamic approaches. I see my job as being to create a safe, therapeutic space in which issues can be explored at depth. In line with person-centered and the more modern psychodynamic thinking, I believe the development of a deep, trusting relationship is, in itself, healing and facilitates growth and positive change.
In my counselling work I often see people with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, unresolved grief and trauma. Sometimes difficult and abusive pasts have shaped how people feel about and treat themselves and what they feel they can expect from others in the present. Even in more benign circumstances the past can cast a shadow over how we live our lives in the present and it can be useful and enlightening to explore it.
Counselling provides a confidential space where you can explore things in your life that can feel too personal or difficult to discuss with a friend or partner. Sometimes we don't think that we 'should' feel as we do because other people have bigger problems, or it's too negative or other people will judge us. It can be tempting to try not to feel what doesn't seem to fit with who we want to be, but this approach can leave us stuck. Really taking the time to explore what hurts in your life can pave the way for seeing things differently and making positive changes.
What I have noticed consistently in my practice is that as people explore their issues they automatically start to feel differently about themselves and make positive changes in their lives; in the way they treat themselves and in their relationships. It can seem almost magical at times. As we change our attitude towards ourselves, the world around us also changes.
I have also been a mental health nurse since 2002 and this has given me a breadth and depth of experience in working with all kinds of problems. I don't think you necessarily have to have a "problem" or a diagnosis to come into therapy though. Often people just have a sense of dissatisfaction or want to explore issues in a safe, confidential place.
I'm a keen runner and wrote my Masters dissertation on the subject of running, how central it can become in peoples' lives and the difficulty of adjusting to illness or injury.
I currently do my counselling work on Thursdays; afternoons and early evenings.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters in Counselling with distinction. University of Edinburgh. 2010-2014
Advanced Certificate in Group Analytic Psychotherapy. 2007-2010
Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. Napier University. 2000-2002
Certificate in Counselling Theory Telford College 1996
Certificate in Counselling Practice Telford College 1997
MSc in Information Technology University of Stirling 1991-1992
Ba (Hons) in English Studies (IIii) University of Stirling 1984-1988
PG Certificate in CBT QMU and South of Scotland CBT 2016-2017
I have had my own private counselling business since January 2015
I worked as a tutor on the PG Diploma Course at Edinburgh University from 2015-2017.
I provided counselling in the voluntary sector from 2012 - 2015.
I have been (and still am) a Community Mental Health Nurse since 2010.
I worked as a Mental Health Nurse in the Royal Edinburgh from 2002 - 2010. While still working in the Royal Edinburgh I facilitated and co-facilitated more than 200 groups.
I was a support worker with people with physical disabilities 1993 - 2000
I have been a meditator for nearly 20 years and am very interested in dreams.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £25 for a first exploratory session.
My full fee is £40 an hour but I will negotiate if this is too much. My time in therapy has been dependent on working with therapists who were willing to work for less.
Maps & Directions
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Types of client