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



"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



My fees are £50 per session.
I do require a minimum of 3 days cancellation notice otherwise the fee will still need to be paid.

Start, just see how it goes and you may be pleasantly surprised.
I can offer day or evening sessions, some flexibility in session dates is possible.

Types of therapy:
Person-centred/humanistic Issues often worked with:
TraumaCancer/serious illnessSexual abuseAnxietyDepressionInterpersonal relationshipsPhobiasPostnatal depression

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