Mary Saunders - Registered Member MBACP
I have counselling rooms conveniently situated in Peacehaven and Seaford with parking nearby, or easily accessible by public transport.
I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and aim to offer you a safe, confidential space for you to gently explore issues that are bringing you to counselling. I hope to develop a good relationship with you by listening carefully and empathically and without judging you. I work with individuals and couples. I am a Specialist Adoption Counsellor (having trained with Barnado\'s Link agency as required by Ofsted).
I also have some experience of working with elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Sand tray therapies and can integrate these approaches if this is helpful to you. The important thing is that I aim to work in a way that suits you.
I offer short or longer term therapy and we can decide together at regular intervals how the sessions are going. In my experience, for most situations, it is useful to think in terms of a minimum of 6 sessions. However, complex or long-standing issues, may benefit from more time.
Sessions will be of a 50 minute duration and will normally be at the same time on a weekly basis.
I have experience of working with clients with many kinds of problems including low self-esteem or confidence, stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, addiction, bereavement, relationship problems, sexuality, financial problems and childhood trauma amongst others.
I gained experience of working with older people as a counsellor with Age UK and and also with clients seeking help for drug and alcohol problems. I have also gained experience of working with young people through my work as a Locum at the University of Brighton where I counsel students. I have also worked at The Carers' Centre and understand the difficulties unpaid carers face.
Until recently, I managed a well-known local charity\'s counselling service.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
â€¢Counselling skills courses undertaken at Sussex Downs College
â€¢Degree in Person-Centred Counselling with the University of Brighton
â€¢Specialist adoption training and Attachment Focused training with Barnardo's
â€¢Couples Counselling course
â€¢Registered member of the BACP and work within its Ethical Framework of standards and principles for therapeutic practice
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy requires its members (regardless of their level of experience) to have regular clinical supervision to ensure that the counselling offered remains safe and effective. I ensure I work within the BACP\'s Ethical framework.
My training qualification meets the BACP\'s Professional Standards Authorities\' accredited status.
Additional counselling training has covered many areas such as suicide, self-harm, common mental health disorders and Asperger\'s. Please see my website for a more detailed list of training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Bereavement and other types of loss
Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
Family relationship counselling
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Passive Aggressive Behaviour
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Work Related Issues
I offer a 50 minute introductory session at Â£20.00 (Â£30 for couples). Further sessions (of 50 minutes) will be charged at Â£40.00 for individuals, Â£60.00 for couples. Concessions are available for students.
My practice is fully insured.
I work from these locations:
Downlands Court (accessible venue) Roundhay Avenue. Free parking (including disabled parking), or access via public transport (12, 12A and 14C bus services).
The room is situated in Saxon Lane where there is some free parking available, or a pay and display car park opposite, plus on-street time limited parking. Or a short walk from the 12, 12A bus service.
I work from these locations:
Downlands Court, Roundhay Avenue. Free parking (including disabled parking), or access via public transport (12, 12A, 14C bus services).
The room is situated in Saxon Lane where there is some free parking available, or a pay and display carpark opposite, plus on-street time limited parking.