Mary Saunders MBACP Registered
If you are new to counselling, or starting with a new counsellor it can be daunting – that is perfectly normal. What is important is that we feel comfortable working together. I hope to develop a good relationship with you by listening to you carefully and empathically and without judging you. I have many years of experience, am fully qualified and insured, and have therapy rooms in Peacehaven and Seaford.
I offer Counselling-directory clients an introductory session at a reduced charge so that we can see if we can work well together.
Ongoing sessions will normally be at the same time on a weekly basis. You decide how many sessions you need.
Here are some lovely comments from former clients.
"Cannot recommend highly enough. So much happier and confident and my relationships are now flourishing."
"Released deep seated emotions enabling me to see and deal with things differently."
"I would recommend Mary without hesitation and will go to her again if I need future help."
"Mary is a great counsellor and definitely recommend her to friends and family if they needed counselling. I have your business card and will be back if needed."
The counselling services I offer:
I work one to one with adults and young people and relationship counselling for couples. I have specialist training and experience in adoption, alcohol issues and working with older people. I am able to help with a wide variety of issues including:
- relationship issues
- and other forms of mental distress.
I qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor; but if it seems right for you I can integrate elements of Cognitive Behavioural, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Sand tray therapies as appropriate.
In addition to my own caseload, I work with clients affected by adoption on behalf of Barnardo's and am a member of Sussex Alcohol Counselling Service service.
Previous experience includes managing a well-known charity's counselling service, counselling University of Brighton students and referrals for counselling from various organisations nationwide, including the NHS. I have also worked at The Carers' Centre and understand the difficulties unpaid carers face.
Where I work:
I work in Peacehaven and Seaford, so please contact me to find the most convenient for you. Please see more information about my counselling rooms in 'Any further information' below.
Training, qualifications & experience
Sussex Downs College Counselling skills courses
Degree in Person-Centred Counselling with the University of Brighton
Applied Suicide and Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - I have trained in and have experience of working with those who have attempted or considered suicide, or self-harmed
Qualified with Barnado's Adoption Agency (Ofsted registered agency providing Adoption services) as a Specialist Adoption Counsellor
Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Couples and Family counselling
Registered Member MBACP (Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Registration no. 31260). Working to its Ethical Framework of standards and principles for therapeutic practice.
The BACP requires its members (regardless of their level of experience) to have regular clinical supervision to ensure that the counselling offered remains safe and effective. I make sure I receive regular supervision that meets BACP requirements.
I continue to keep my training up to date and have undertaken very comprehensive training including: Couples and family relationship counselling, Adoption counselling, Mental health awareness, Trauma, Mindfulness, Eating disorders, suicide awareness, sexual abuse, working with LGBT clients, etc. For the complete list, please see my website at https://www.azurecounselling.com/aboutme.html
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialist Adoption Counsellor (specialist trained to offer adoption counselling as per the Children's Act 2005)
Couples and family relationship counselling
Other types of loss (i.e. in addition to bereavement)
Major life changes
Alcohol and drug issues
An initial introductory session for individual counselling is available at £25.00. Any further sessions will be charged at £45.00 for individual counselling, £65.00 for couples (an introductory session is available for £35.00. All Sessions will be of a 50 minute duration. I do offer concessions for counselling students.
I am unable to accept Credit card payments, but payment by Paypal can be accepted by prior arrangement.
If you are interested in knowing more, please text or phone me on 07890 806501, or email me (Click Here). I am happy to talk to you about any questions you may have prior to making an appointment. Alternatively, I can direct you to other sources of help if appropriate.
Locations - I work from these locations:
Downlands Court - A lovely accessible room. Parking adjacent (including disabled parking), or short walk to access via public transport i.e. 12, 12A, 14 bus services.
St James' Trust - A comfortable therapy room in Blatchington Road with free car park. Accessible by bus within walking distance from the 12 and 12A bus service.