Shane Mackay BA Hons: PG Dip: MBACP
The prospect of talking to a stranger about your problems in living can be quite daunting. However, this could be a turning point in your life. During your sessions we will together explore your issues in depth, making meaning of difficult feelings and patterns and how it may be a call for change and transformation.
Counselling & Psychotherapy may be able to help if you are
Experiencing any kind of loss, bereavement or trauma
Not feeling good about life at the moment and you don't understand why
Struggling with burnout, stress, anxiety, panic attacks
Having difficulties within personal or family relationships
Facing a problem that is hard to talk about or resolve
I'm a Trauma-Informed Intersectional Integrative Psychotherapist. I'm trained/qualified in modalities such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems as well as Existential & Psychodynamic modalities, underpinned with Compassion Focused therapy and Polyvagal Theory.
My approach is also GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship Diversity) affirmative meaning i have a passion for and extensive experience supporting queer & LGBTQI+ as well as other non-heteronormative ways on living/being.
I provide a confidential, safe, non judgemental space to explore what may be contributing to your current difficulties providing you with an opportunity to gain another perspective and explore other options and ways of managing your issues.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Training, qualifications & experience
After studying Philosophy and Cultural Studies twenty years ago it occurred to me early in my learning that Philosophy had much to offer us all in thinking about what life means for us moreover how useful it could be to us when we experience difficulties.
I qualified as a Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist seven years ago and place at the heart of my approach Existential Philosophy combined with the cultivation of acceptance and compassion for self and others.
I believe that a productive therapeutic relationship must always contain the four key elements of comfort, clarification, encouragement and solidarity.
I have been working in private practice for seven years and in that time have worked with a large variety of people with different issues such as complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, various personality disorders, identity related issues (race, gender and sexuality) hearing voices and attachment related issues.
I have also worked for City & Hackney Mind (Mental Health Charity) for the last six years as the Clinical Services Manager of the Psychological Therapies Team as well as the Clinical Supervisor for a large team of trainee counsellors. My work here has mainly been devoted to therapeutically working/supporting those with serious mental health difficulties due to experiencing developmental trauma.
I also provide Clinical Supervision for several colleges including CPPD (Counselling & Psychotherapy training school).
I also teach/train a range of modules such as 'Working with suicide', 'Psychopharmacology', 'Managing Anger & Difficult Emotions' and various Trauma related modules.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Groups & Individual)
- Post Graduate Diploma In Humanistic Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Existential Counselling and Psychotherapy
- BA (Hons) Philosophy and Cultural Studies
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Mindful Self-Compassion
- Interpersonal Therapy for depression (IPT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Accredited Trainer of Groups)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Hearing Voices and Paranoia/Beliefs Group Facilitation
- Mentalisation Based Treatment
- Adolescent Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment
- C.B.T (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Anxiety and Anger
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Existential therapy
Initial consultation fee £75
Standard session fee £80-£150 (sliding scale, exact fee is based on financial earnings)
Individual sessions will last for 50 minutes, and we would usually meet once a week.
Relationship Therapy (sometimes known as 'Couples therapy')
Initial Consultation fee £150
Ongoing session fee £170 - £200 (sliding scale, exact fee is based on financial earnings)
Relationship sessions tend to be 90 minutes, once weekly
Low cost spaces are sometimes available. Please contact me to find out
Skype/Zoom/FaceTime sessions also available.
My practice is based at the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street SE1 2TH
07957 555766 or email@example.com to discuss specific requirements
I am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I work confidentially and have the highest respect for your emotional well-being.
Please e-mail if you have any specific questions regarding counselling
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
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Supervision & training
Intersectional Trauma Informed Integrative Supervision & Therapy (GSRD & Queer affirmative) .