MARY McILROY Counsellor in London Bridge,
the City of London & Muswell Hill

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My qualifications and background

Years ago, after studying in Dublin (where I'm from) I pulled up my roots and became a Londoner.

I’ve always believed that we can get more out of life if we’re willing to change. And I know now that change is possible in the deepest sense you can imagine.

My education and training continued here in London with a B.A. in Business Studies (parallel to a banking career), then later a PGCE in Education plus Montessori Teacher training . Next step volunteering for Victim support and then counselling teenagers in inclusion units which inspired me to begin my counselling training. I have since counselled clients with a wide variety of problems for nearly two decades. I have always been drawn to helping people and this brought me to work in counselling services, which provided me with a new sense of purpose in what I was doing.

The issues that bring my patients into treatment are usually highly specific. A difficult transition in life, work stress, anxiety and more. I’ve noticed that when they improve in that one area, they often report an ability to solve problems and enjoy life more in other areas as well. How can that be?

After looking into the matter, I believe it reflects what is called neuroplasticity— the brain’s amazing ability to literally rewire itself through a process of concerted thinking, learning, and acting.

It’s the same process that shapes a child’s abilities in the first place. And that, I think, helps explain why warmth and caring on the part of a counsellor — much like that of a good parent — is essential to successful treatment. As one review of more than 500 studies of the effect of therapeutic empathy has concluded, “the evidence is nothing short of amazing.”

A cool, judgemental attitude is something you’ll never get from me.

One final thought: as a counsellor I always enjoy seeing patients become energised and optimistic, especially when relationship issues are involved. We human beings are constructed to get most of our fulfilllment from how well we relate to others.

If you’re having a difficult relationship in work or your private life, or if you’re scarcely having any relationships at all, give me a call. If you are suffering from anxiety attacks, stress, bereavement or a host of other issues do not hesitate, contact me. You were meant to do better.

I have studied Mindfulness Meditation which I practise daily and often introduce in sessions to help ease anxiety, lift depression and resolve other difficulties.

So far I have achieved the following:
• PG Diploma in Counselling, Psychosynthesis & Education Trust
• 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
Certificate in CBT studies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Sexual dysfunction training (Spectrum Therapy centre)
Mindfulness training
Ecopsychology training
It's important for me to be able to offer my clients 'cutting edge' aspects of psychotherapy and counselling hence I am currently attending
further training in relationship and couple counselling in order to maximise the benefits of my service .


I started to work as a counsellor for charities and private organisations over 18 years ago. I am now registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with whom I hold an MBACP.
I have worked for MIND where I counselled for suicidal ideation and severe mental health issues.
I offer counselling in Muswell Hill, North London, London Bridge and 'The City of London'. I am within easy reach of Central London.





Experience

I have seven years of experience working with clients in the following areas:

• Anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks
• Depression and Postnatal Depression
• Stress and Tension
• Low self-esteem and Confidence Issues
• Absence of direction or meaning in life
• Loss and Bereavement
• Life Coaching, career support and Personal Development
• Cancer
• Anger management
• Child related issues and parenting difficulties
• Trauma and Crisis situations
• Spirituality
• Relationship issues, affairs or difficulties with relationships at work


I work part-time for a well know mental health charity where I counsel people with suicidal ideation and serious mental health difficulties.
In addition to my private practice in London Bridge, SE1 and Muswell HIll, N10 I have also worked with:

• The Charity COUI (Children our Ultimate Investment), providing counselling for teenagers,
• Local council, providing foster support
• Victim Support, providing counselling for victims of physical, sexual issues as well as domestic violence, crisis and trauma.



My Approach

The counselling service I offer is bespoke to each client. This service sensitively uses dialogue and other techniques such as art, imagery, CBT, mindfulness and movement to identify and help the client address the specific obstacles related to the issues they may be facing. I work in total confidentiality.

I work in the BACP accredited institute in London Bridge 'The Psychosynthesis & Education Trust' London Bridge SE1 2TH. I am within easy access of public transport in Muswell Hill, N10 area which offers free parking.



Counselling in Muswell Hill N10 and Counsellor London Bridge SE1

I offer counselling in Muswell Hill N10 (North London), which is located within easy reach of Highgate. I also work as a counsellor in London Bridge SE1 (a short walk from the London Bridge tube station).
Both locations are accessible for Central London.


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