Mary Wilson B.A. (Psychology), Cert.Ed., P.G.Dip.Integrative Psychotherapy
Preston And South Ribble
People who have gone through or are going through complex distressing difficulties need a safe person who they can trust to be able to talk about their struggles.
a very open and honest space to discuss your needs
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
It is important that you find someone that you can relate to and trust and so I offer a free initial confidential 30-minute session so that you can see how it feels to talk to me.
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. While I had supportive friends and family I needed the objectivity and experience of a specialised counsellor. 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. As a counsellor I would provide empathy and honesty and I will not judge you.
This does not mean that you will not be challenged, sometimes we need to examine our difficulties from a different perspective, not necessarily to adopt that perspective but to see the situation more clearly. Through my experience, 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 free 30-minute 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 three years. During that time I have worked with a range of clients who have suffered sexual trauma including clients with dissaciative 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 and have worked 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
I offer an initial 30 min consultation and asssessment either by phone or face to face without charge. Each 1 hourly session after that is £45
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays 9:00-5:00 6:00-8:00 Except Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon Some Saturdays 9:12 and some Sundays 6:00-8:00
Types of client