Mary McIlroy Psychosynthesis counsellor , SE1
I believe there is no reason for anyone to continue to feel anxious or depressed and also believe that negative situations can be used as a catalyst to push you forward and even motivate you toward achieving the lasting changes you desire. As a person with epilepsy, I had to learn how to turn a disability into an advantage and how to cope with stress and anxiety.
Prior to my training as counsellor, I spent several years in investment banking. Later, I retrained as a teacher and started my counselling career as a volunteer with Victim Support and counselling teenagers in inclusion units.
I started working with counselling charities and private organisations over 7 years ago. I am now a counsellor registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
It's important for me to be able to offer my clients 'cutting edge' aspects of therapy hence I develop my skills on an ongoing basis so in addition to the above list of qualifications I am now studying couple counselling as I believe that at the root of most issues is relationships, relationships, relationships.
Other issues often focus on anxiety and confidence, for this reason I often write my insights and suggestions for these areas which you can read on my blogs on www.m-mcilroycounselling.co.uk
"I came to Mary with self confidence issues and anxiety, particularly in social situations. During my sessions with Mary I was able to confront the reasons for my feelings of anxiety and develop new ways of thinking that have helped me immensely in moving forward in a positive direction. Mary's calm and patient approach was exactly what I needed and I'm extremely grateful for her help in working towards a better me"
"Mary helped me through a difficult period of my life. I had twelve sessions with her, which helped me to see more clearly and to overcome some grief and relationship issues I had. She is easy to talk to, very kind and wise. I would recommend her to anyone with similar problems".
Training and qualifications
PG Diploma in Counselling, Psychosynthesis & Education Trust
Certificate in CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy)
Certificate in basic sexuality
Certificate in Mindfulness
Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
Registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) where I achieved an MBACP
BA in Business Studies
PGCE in Education
short walk from London Bridge underground station