Mary Unwin Registered BACP
Hi - my name is Mary!
Life can be challenging. When this happens, it is important to take some time out for ourselves in order to work out how to proceed. When our world is shaking, our emotions can be too. Finding a safe place to work through your issues of life, with all the tricky emotions that go with it can be difficult but counselling can help you to do that.
I am an easy-going relaxed person who is interested in people. I believe that every person is different, has needs specific to their life experience and deserves to be treated as the special individual that they were intended to be. I love to see people empowered to accept themselves and grow. Let me help you on that journey.
I have most experience in helping adults & teenagers with
- Loss and Bereavement
- Relationship issues and breakdown
- Family issues
- Low mood, confidence and self-esteem issues
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Life changes and stress
- Work related issues
- Violence and trauma
Exploring the difficulties of life can be painful and challenging but it can also be empowering and liberating. Counselling can give you the opportunity to work out who you are and how you want to live your life.
Why not contact me to have a chat and see if I might be the right person to listen to your situation - no matter what it might be?
Training, qualifications & experience
Originally a registered nurse I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor in 2009 at Manchester College of Arts & Technology. I have experienced a variety of counselling placements working in organisations such as ChildLine, Cruse, Place2Be and local churches.
I have done additional training in working with children and young people and hold an advanced DBS check for this purpose. In order to expand my knowledge framework and support clients with a wide variety of issues, I am working towards becoming a Deep Release therapist.
As a result of all these different experiences I offer Person Centred Counselling, with an option to integrate various useful tools that are traditionally from other models of counselling the client may find helpful.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
My fees are £35 per session. Student counsellors £30 per session.
I also offer a limited number of concessions for people on benefits or not in work.
Payment is made by cash, cheque or BACS transfer on the day of appointment.
I will ask you to pay for any cancelled or missed sessions unless at least 24 hours' notice is provided.
The initial consultation is by way of an assessment, for you to give some of your story & for us both to get a feel as to if we could work together.
I currently counsel in the individual's home, or a room may be booked in Chelmsford if necessary. Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes and usually takes place once a week. It's a good plan to allow a minimum of six sessions for the effects of therapy to begin to be felt.
We can establish during your assessment session whether you prefer to have short-term focused counselling (between 6 and 12 sessions) or whether you would prefer to work in a more open-ended way. Whichever approach you choose we will regularly be able to review progress. You can of course decide to end your Counselling sessions at any time, although it is widely accepted that clients find it most beneficial to have a planned ending to their therapy. This would provide you with an opportunity to review your counselling work and bring our counselling relationship to a close.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Appointments are available most weekdays. Evenings & Saturday mornings may be possible after discussion.
Types of client