About me

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.

Let's talk

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

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Additional Training:

  • 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


Additional information

Individual sessions

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 shanemackaytherapy@gmail.com to discuss specific requirements



Further information

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

London Bridge


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Intersectional Trauma Informed Integrative Supervision & Therapy (GSRD & Queer affirmative)  Please read my counselling profile to gain information on my extensive experience, modalities and principles from which i work.

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Shane Mackay

Shane Mackay