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About me

Hi, my name is Mary, I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor.

Firstly, well done for beginning your journey. Exploring the difficulties of life can be painful and challenging but also be empowering and liberating.

Looking for a counsellor to walk along side you? I would love to do just 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.

Life can be challenging, and 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 the issues of life, with all the tricky emotions that go with it can be difficult but I am here to help.

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. I have experienced a variety of counselling placements working in organisations such as ChildLine, Cruse, Place2Be and local churches.

I have completed additional training in working with young people and hold an advanced DBS check for this purpose. I currently only see people over the age of 13. 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 & creative tools that are traditionally from other models of counselling the client may find helpful.

I have most experience in helping adults and teenagers age 13 and over with:

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Violence and trauma
  • Low mood and self-esteem
  • Family issues
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Anger
  • Health and life changes
  • Stress
  • Work related issues
  • Abuse
  • Attachment issues

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • My fees are £45 per session.

I also offer a limited number of concessions for student counsellors, 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.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekdays, evenings & Saturday mornings are possible.

Further information

The initial consultation is by way of an assessment, for you to give some of your story and for us both to get a feel as to whether we could work together. I currently counsel by Zoom or in the individual's home, or a room booked in Chelmsford (when possible).

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.

Chelmsford
Essex
CM1

Type of session

Online
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Languages offered

None

Mary Unwin MBACP Reg.

Mary Unwin MBACP Reg.