Mary Wallace MBACP (Accreditated), Dip. Coun. MA Counselling, Cert. Supervision
In the light of the current Covid-19 situation, I am now seeing clients online rather than face to face so as to offer that protection to you and your family and friends. I am also offering shorter, lower-cost Mental Health First Aid sessions. Please contact me to discuss.
Struggling to cope with life? Worn down with worries? Are your relationships under strain? Living throws up difficulties for all of us and we can feel very alone when confronted with these. Stress, anxiety, grief or depression can throw us off track. If you are feeling unhappy, anxious or lost, I can help you work through your concerns and emotions to a place where you can feel peace and pleasure again. As an accredited counsellor, I have lots of experience of helping people identify the blocks that are holding them back so that they can move forward to achieve their potential and make stronger, more satisfying relationships.
I will do my best to understand what is happening for you and offer both the space for you to be heard and ideas about how you might change your situation. It can really help to talk over your experiences and explore your emotions with someone who isn't involved and who can offer support and perhaps a different perspective.
I am a qualified counsellor and a registered and accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy [BACP]. I have worked with a wide range of people, supporting them through a variety of difficulties in their lives, including:
- relationship issues
- family issues
- separation and divorce
- loss and bereavement
- anger management
- life choices
- abuse - both current and historical
- stress at work or at home
- coping with emotionally demanding careers
Counselling is a place where you can talk privately about your life and your relationships. Some people use this space to:
- express feelings or thoughts that they don’t feel able to express anywhere else
- work out how they feel and what they think about important events or situations in their life
- work through issues that are affecting their relationships and consider how to move forward
- explore a problem and perhaps the different options they have [or which a counsellor might suggest] for dealing with that problem
- take time out from difficult situations or feelings
- learn better ways for coping with difficult emotions or situations
I offer counselling in an area of Stockport with excellent links to the bus, train and road network, so am easily reached from all areas of Stockport and south Manchester.
SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE:
In addition to working with adults, I am able to work with children and young people aged 13 and older. Much of the above applies to the way I work with children and teenagers, but there may be some changes in my approach to meet their developmental needs.
Just as for adults, counselling provides an opportunity for a child or young person to explore personal difficulties in a confidential and supportive environment. I have expertise in a range of creative and play techniques that help children and teens to explore their experiences and I understand the ways in which we communicate change as we grow and develop.
I will, to the best of my ability, try to create a supportive, non-judgemental environment in which your child or teenager will be given time and space to understand and gain insight into his or her emotions, behaviour and situation.
Confidentiality in work with children and young people is important and young people entering counselling with me will be assured that, as long as I do not think they are at any significant risk, what they discuss with me will remain private. If you or your young person would like to know more about how I work, please contact me by email or telephone and I'll do my best to answer your questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a long background in working with individuals and families before training as a counsellor. I have helped adults, young people and children struggling with a wide range of difficulties to find their strengths and move forward in their lives.
My counselling training integrates insights and techniques from a range of therapies, including person-centred, psychodynamic and attachment theories, CBT strategies, concepts of narrative and life-stories and aspects of Transactional Analysis.
- Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision
- MA in Counselling - University of Manchester
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology - Manchester Metropolitan University
- Diploma in Counselling - University of Manchester
- Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory - Central School of Counselling
- Mindfulness Resilience Enhancement
- Using Creativity as a Therapeutic Tool in Counselling
- Art Therapy Foundation Course
- Working with Survivors of Trauma
- Trauma and the Body
- Working with Bereavement
- Person-centred Play Therapy Skills
- Theraplay Level One
- Introduction to Attachment Based Practice with Adults, Children and Families
- Safeguarding Children and Young People
- BACP Coaching for a Changing World
- Working with Diversity in Counselling
I work within the ethical framework of the BACP
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Young People aged 13 - 18
I am happy to discuss your needs or queries over the telephone initially. Our first face to face session will be £25; after that, for a session of counselling, I charge £45 but I can reduce this if your circumstances make this difficult for you. I charge £40 per hour to work with young people or children aged 13 - 18.
Please see my Supervision profile for rates in this area of work.