Mary Lou McShane

Mary Lou McShane



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About me

Working in Belfast I offer counselling and hypnotherapy. My background is varied and I have been involved in therapeutic work directly for over 10 years. Clients come to me with a wide variety of issues. In general terms people enter therapy because we have a sense that something in our lives has more control over us than we have over it; we leave when we begin to feel that control has come back to us. Occasionally this happens very quickly after only one or two sessions, usually though it takes a few sessions to achieve the desired outcome. My approach is very client led and is informed not only by my training in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy but also by over twenty years experience as a facilitator working in practical and behavioural skills training in a wide range of organisations. Emotional pain whether it be expressed as depression,  anxiety, relationship difficulties or other unhelpful behaviours can be extremely isolating. Therapy creates an opportunity to connect honestly and humanely with one another as a way to heal.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as holding a Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy I have studied other types of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive behavioural therapy, Transactional Analysis and Solution focussed therapy.

In addition to running my own practice over the last eleven years I have worked as a counsellor with Contact NI on Lifeline (five and a half years) and Trinity Community Counselling (two and a half years) and in voluntary roles with Anxiety UK and Aware NI.

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My fees are £50 per one hour session. Session times are flexible and therapy and how it is delivered are tailored to client therapeutic needs. I  have  reduced fees at times for certain clients for example young people or non earners so am open to discussion on this if clients require it.

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT9

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Belfast: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. appointments can be made anytime from 9am to 9pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults