Mary Wilson B.A. (Psychology), Cert.Ed., P.G.Dip.Integrative Psychotherapy
Everybody hits dificulties at one time or another but it's sometimes daunting to consider counselling; That's why I offer a free first session. You can come and meet me, have a brew and a chat, find out how it works and ask about any concerns you have. There is no obligation to have further sessions and it is completely confidential.
a very open and honest space to discuss your concerns
a relaxed environment where we work at your pace
a client led service where we talk about what you feel needs to be discussed
trustworthiness with an ethical and moral commitment to confidentiality
My clients never fail to amaze me. I am in awe of the capacity of the human beings I meet to not only to continue in the face of adversity and suffering but to move beyond it and thrive. I feel deeply privileged when I can be part of that process in someone’s life.I am particularly interested in working with people who have suffered sexual trauma including people with dissassociative identity disorder although I am more than happy to work with other difficulties and have experience working with anxiety and depression as well as parenting difficulties among other things
I believe that counselling is a partnership between counsellor and client and I understand how this partnership works from both sides. I have struggled with difficulties that I found hard to find a way out. Although you have supportive family and friends sometimes its useful to talk to someone who isn't part of your life and has no involvement. I have been a client and so I know that working with a counsellor enables you to focus on your needs with a friendly presence alongside you. It allows you to examine your behaviour and experiences and identify ways of moving forward without the pressure of having to be ‘better than’ or ‘different to’ who you are.
Some clients are afraid to explore strong emotions that they may have harboured for a long time. They fear that if they allow them to emerge that they will run out of control. Through my experience and training, I have developed the skills, knowledge and emotional strength to support you as you explore very powerful emotions in a safe place. This will help you develop a greater understanding of your experiences and your behaviour with a view to approaching things in a way that benefits you.
If you want to come and talk to me for a trial session, please feel free to call and arrange one with absolutely no obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
B.A in Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative psychotherapy.
For a lot of years I worked as teacher with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties but beneath the skin I was always a therapist.
I am particularly interested in working with survivors of sexual violence and abuse and have worked with this client group for four years on a voluntary basis During that time I have worked with a range of clients who have suffered sexual trauma including clients with dissociative identity disorder, who suffer with flashbacks and self harming behaviours. I have completed the Survivors Trust training and I keep my practice up to date by attending proffessional development courses.
I have worked in a voluntary capacity in the local community for several years working with people experiencing a range of difficulties including depression,OCD, anxiety, eating disorders, marital and relationship difficulties etc.
I also work for the Preston branch of Survivors Trust, working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, victims of sexual violence and relatives and carers of survivors and victims.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free introductory session of approximately 55 minutes. For clients who can attend in Leyland I offer £10 discount on my hourly fee of £55