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About me

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Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed.
It means the damage no longer controls our lives.

I offer therapeutic counselling in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment to help you come to terms and manage whatever is bothering you at the moment.

Together, we will explore what is happening for you and our aim will be for you to better understand and accept yourself.
This will enable you to develop and grow in your own way, to strengthen and expand your own identity and to become the person that you 'really' are independently of the pressures of others to act or think in particular ways.

The past cannot be changed, but together, our understanding of it can give you insight into the present allowing you to take control of your future and enable you to live the life you choose.

Your 'Today', doesn't have to be dominated by your past.

I offer counselling to adults and children, individuals and couples.

Training, qualifications & experience

- Professional Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.

- Certificate in Couples Counselling (BCS)

- Awareness in Bereavement Care (CRUSE) & (OCNW).

- Children and Young People's Bereavement Support Course (CRUSE).

- Accredited bereavement worker (OCNW).

- Certificate in Counselling Skills.

- Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory.

- Numerous short courses, including working creatively.

- Accreditation with The National Counselling Society.

- Membership of the Hampshire Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

- Licentiate of Trinity College of Music, London; Teaching Diploma. (L.T.C.L. T.D.)

- Registered Instructor with The General Teaching Council (GTC).

- CRB checked and holder of enhanced CRB certificate.

I have experience of working with issues such as grief, traumatic grief, children’s grief, anxiety, guilt, miscarriage, depression, low self esteem, stress, addictions, CFS/ME, sexual abuse, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, OCD, personal development, relationship issues and working with couples.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

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

Adult survivors of childhood abuse.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

I offer prospective clients a short, free assessment session where we can meet and you can ask any questions you may have. Then, without any obligation, you can decide what you would like to do.

The fee for each 50 minutes session for individuals is £40, with concessions for counselling students.

The fee for couples is £60 for 1 hour sessions.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Mary Shepherd. MNCS (Acc). Prof Dip Therapeutic Counselling

Mary Shepherd. MNCS (Acc). Prof Dip Therapeutic Counselling