Mary Unwin (Registered BACP)

Mary Unwin (Registered BACP)


About me

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
  • breakdown
  • family issues
  • low mood
  • confidence
  • self-esteem issues
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • self-harm
  • suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • anger
  • life changes
  • stress
  • work related issues
  • bullying
  • abuse
  • violence
  • 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.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • CD3
  • CD2


My fees are £45 per session. Student counsellors £35 per session.
I also offer a limited number of concessions for people on benefits or not in work.

Payment is made by cash 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.

Further information

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 60 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

Chelmsford, CM2

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Please ask on booking


Appointments are available most weekdays. Evenings & Saturday mornings are also possible.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults