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Mary Saunders MBACP, Dip. Couns - Couples & Individual Counsellor

Swanley BR8 & West Malling ME19
07976 887580 07976 887580

About me

This time of year can be difficult for many, but in these uncertain times, can raise  feelings of anxiety, depression and make you reflect on where your life is.  Whether it be questioning your relationship or not knowing what way to move forward.  In my experience counselling is like knowing you need help, without knowing where to start.

I am an experienced therapist and have been working with couples, adults and teenagers for over ten years.   It’s my privilege to walk by my client’s side as they navigate and understand themselves on a path of self discovery.  I am not a fluffy therapist, I am direct to the point, intuitive with an abundance of empathy. I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches and I aim to empower my clients into making positive changes in their lives.  I work on the understanding that each client is the expert on their own life. My approach is honest and real and I work with you in confidence and at a pace that is right for you. Understanding the underlying nature of your emotional difficulties, can help to relieve suffering and can open up the possibility for change.

Couples Therapy

I have vast experience of working with couples and at times all relationships can go through their ups and downs, but have you ever reflected and thought...I never thought we would be where we are now?  In my experience relationships are like a lost property box, all the pieces are in there we need to take them out, look at them, understand them and put them back in a neat order.  I can't say that every couple I work with finds it easy, but with a desire to have an understanding of their partner and truly want to improve their relationship change is possible.


Children only show parents elements of their personality that they want them to see, just like we all did when we were their age.  However, the added stress and pressure of social media, exams and expectations that young people now put on themselves, can lead them to feeling incredibly anxious and not understanding who they truly are.  I aim to help young adults to look inwards, understand what is important to them and understand the difference between perception and reality. The aim is to empower teenagers to accept that who they are is okay.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, CPCAB
  • SLABS Bereavement Counselling
  • Cert in Couples Dynamics
  • Cert in Couples Therapy
  • Level 2 Award in Substance Missue

Continuing Professional Development courses and seminars including:

  • Dealing with Trauma and Traumatic memories
  • Group Work
  • Working with Bereaved Families
  • Attachment and Character Strategies
  • Prolonged Grief Disorder
  • Working with anxiety and depression
  • Addiction
  • Assessing and Managing Risk to Self
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
  • NLP
  • Coaching

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.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy


I work out of two calm tranquil locations with plenty of free parking.  Both environments are large and adhere to the two metre distancing rules - I can offer sessions on zoom or face to face

£50 for a 55 minute session

£70 for couple counselling 1hr 10 min

Counselling student discounts available

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors


8am - 9pm Monday - Friday

Further information

As well as private practice, I have worked in a hospice setting working with bereaved clients.  I have also worked at North West Kent Alternative Provision Service - where I have worked with adolescents with presenting issues such as: anger, self harm, low self esteem.

I also have extensive experience of working within blue chip organisations dealing with stress management of staff and management looking at team dynamics and patterns of relating.

Kings Hill Community Centre
70 Gibson Drive
Kings Hill
West Malling
ME19 4LG

The Gallery
Hextable Gardens

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

Types of client

Young people
Mary Saunders MBACP, Dip. Couns - Couples & Individual Counsellor

Mary Saunders MBACP, Dip. Couns - Couples & Individual Counsellor