Mary Allen

Mary Allen

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Ottery St. Mary

Ottery St. Mary EX11
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


I usually have availability on a Monday but I am flexible and do also have some availability on other days too. I try and work around my clients as far as possible.

About me and my therapy practice

Hi, my name is Mary, I am a registered BACP counsellor. I am based near Exeter. I have a background in health care and have worked as a cancer specialist nurse for 12 years supporting cancer patients and facilitating support groups.

I have experience working with families, adults, and young people. I am comfortable working with and supporting individuals experiencing a range of problems and complexities such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties/breakdown loss, bereavement, and addictions. I am familiar with issues relating to work stress and other professional challenges. I have also worked with clients that have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

I am experienced working face-to-face, telephone, online, and walking therapy. This can be one-to-one couples and family therapy. I offer a friendly and down-to-earth approach in a safe confidential and non-judgemental space so to feel respected and supported so clients feel more able to overcome or adjust to life's issues. With training and experience, I use an integrative approach and work in a flexible and collaborative way tailoring therapy to suit my client's specific needs.

Practice description

My approach is to explore the root causes of issues at the client's pace in the context of a supportive relationship. My goal is to offer holistic therapy, to empower my clients to gain self-confidence and better self-awareness. Therefore clients feel more able to cope and feel in better control of situations. Changing thought processes, and giving skills and tools to adapt, can bring about this change. My approach is to explore the root causes of issues at the client's pace in the context of a supportive relationship.

The decision to come for therapy and talk honestly with someone takes a lot of courage and trust . Therefore it is important to have confidence that the therapist you select has the relevant experience and is also a person you feel you can connect with so that the counselling is effective.


Thank you for your support it really has been life changing...

Mary makes me feel safe, she is kind and caring and made me feel I have a new confidence in life and myself...

I know they say that talking helps but it really does !...

I was concerned that my past life trauma would affect my future relationship but after spending time talking things through. I do not feel guilt and shame anymore, I am confident that my slate is clean, and I am getting married !..

I never thought I'd say this but I now like myself ! ..

Mary is the best counsellor I have experienced. In 10 years of counselling I have never seen any difference in my life. She has helped me overcome situations I didn't think I ever could. I would 100% recommend Mary to anyone who needs counselling.

My first session

I offer an initial 20-minute free informal consultation to provide an opportunity for you to see if you would feel comfortable working with me and to ask any questions you may have about the counselling process.

I also work with a charity that can help with funding for 6 sessions, so I can offer a reduced rate for people with low incomes.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Animal assisted therapy, Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Family therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Interpersonal, Person centred, Phenomenological, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Couples, Families, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy