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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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Belfast: Tuesday evening and Sunday all day

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Mary Lou McShane

Mary Lou McShane