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About me

Hello and welcome to my profile.

I'm Mary Turner founder of Solas Counselling Bolton. Solas is the Irish word for light and my purpose is to try to bring light into the very dark situations that my clients often find themselves in. Given enough light to enable them to explore their world, most clients are able to find their own way to lasting recovery.  My role is to facilitate the means to do this through working with them to find different ways of approaching their issues so that they can move on with their lives.

I am a fully qualified counsellor, a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) with considerable experience in private and voluntary sector counselling. I work with a major provider in Bolton and I have had a high rate of success working with a wide range of situations to the recognisable benefit of the clients.

Good voluntary organisations have very long waiting lists and I am happy to be in a position to offer private counselling and subject to acceptance clients can be taken on and start their counselling within two weeks. This wait can be reduced in cases of particular need.

I normally meet clients face to face in a safe and comfortable, environment in my own premises, however this has now changed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.  I now offer telephone and webcam counselling.

My watchwords are competence, compassion, confidentiality and integrity. Although I am also qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) My main method of working is using the Karl Rogers person-centred principles.   I believe that most people who experience difficulties in their lives need to express their deepest feelings in order to move on with their lives and to do this they need to be listened to.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for reading my profile.

Training, qualifications & experience

ABC Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling Salford College August 2008

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy June 2009

Training Courses

Contemplative Practices around Domestic Violence 3 hours November 2015

Introduction to EMDR workshop 3 hours October 2017

Humour,  Mental Health and Happiness 6 hours July 2019

Self-Care for Caring Practitioners 3 hours September 2019

Telephone and Webcam Counselling  6 hours May 2020

Top 3 Diagrams to share with Clients July 2020

CBT for Depression 6 hours May 2012
Working with Anxiety & Depression 6 hours April 2009
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 3.5 hours May 2009
Key Principles of Relationship Counselling 14 Hours May/June 2009
Key Principals of Family Therapy 6 hours June 2009
Advocacy Training 12 hours January 2007
Anger Awareness Training 12 hours June/July 2007
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 6 hours April 2008
Working with suicidal clients June 2008 3 hours
Conflict Resolution June 2007 one day.

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

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Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial session £20 then all following sessions £40 per hour.


Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 09.00 to 19.00 Wednesdays 17.00 to 19.00 and Fridays 09.00 to 12 noon


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Mary Turner Dip.Couns, Dip.CBT, MBACP

Mary Turner Dip.Couns, Dip.CBT, MBACP