About me

Whether it is increased anxiety around life, work and relationships, or coming to terms with loss and change, simply having someone listen and understand can be an enormous relief.  

Talking with friends and family might be difficult sometimes, especially if you are feeling very anxious, or if it is those closest to you who are adding to your worries. It can be helpful at these times to have someone completely independent and who will respect your confidentiality.

This trust between client and counsellor, is very important to me and I offer an initial 30 min free telephone conversation to learn a little about you and to answer any questions or concerns you might have. It will give you the opportunity to learn a little about the counselling process with me and if you feel it could work for you, before booking any sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling from Human Development Scotland (formerly the Scottish Institute of Human Relations) and Robert Gordon University,  Aberdeen.

I work psychodynamically, meaning that I focus on the conscious and unconscious mind, and believe that our experience of the past influences our present lives and relationships, but not always in a helpful manner.

I am a registered member of the BACP and work within its ethical framework.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Coercive control

Therapies offered


From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

The Life Academy Wellbeing Centre
3 B Greenhill Park
EH10 4DW

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Additional languages

Mary Leonard

Mary Leonard