Mary Sullivan

Mary Sullivan

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07443 523740

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Therapist - Manchester

Manchester M16
07443 523740
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates


Given the ongoing lockdown, I offer phone or online counselling (using password encrypted Zoom). Clients have found these have worked well and been beneficial, despite some initially having reservations about not being face to face.

I am able to offer sessions fairly flexibly throughout the day and evenings from 9:30 am until 8 pm.

I will be offering face-to-face sessions again when current health restrictions are lifted.

About me and my therapy practice

Are you looking for calm and friendly counselling: online, by phone and face-to-face in south Manchester?

 I work with clients on a wide range of issues, including: better understanding of ourselves in order to make a change; bereavement and loss; relationship difficulties; anxiety; stress; depression and low moods; and cross cultural/inter generational issues. I have experience of working with a very wide range of people, including both male and female clients of all ages. I'm LGBTQIA+ friendly and have lots of experience working with people from other countries and cultures.

As well as having my own practice, I also teach counselling at a local college to trainee counsellors.

I have volunteered at St Ann's Hospice, working with the bereaved and those who have life-shortening illness, as well as Face to Face, a counselling service for those on a low income.

As a good rapport between client and counsellor is at the heart of successful counselling, I offer new clients a first session at a reduced rate to see if it feels right for you.

Please see my website for more details:

Practice description

I work from a person-centred perspective. Many of us have experienced either giving or being given brilliant advice which we somehow don't take. Person-centred therapy believes we are best able to make a change when we have worked it out for ourselves. To do this, the therapy holds up a mirror, and as your therapist I will help you see clearly, without judgement.

I aim to listen very carefully, understand your world as accurately as possible and accept how you feel. Together we will work to understand what is happening for you and what changes you might make. Sometimes change is in our relationships, our work, our lives. Sometimes, the change is to face something  accept it.

In each session, you decide what you would like to talk about, and one individual session may be quite different from another. At all times, I aim to provide a supportive, interested, accepting space in which to look at whatever you bring. I will not offer advice or tell you what to do, but my experience and training will be there for you throughout the sessions.

My first session

What's the first session like?

Many people are a bit apprehensive about the first meeting, especially if it is their first encounter with counselling. It's most of all a chance to meet and see how we can work together.

I will check with you:

  • your contact details, 
  • whether you have had counselling before, 
  • anything you would like me to know to make the session comfortable and appropriate for you.
  • relevant health details you wish to share- I don’t need to know everything, just about things which might have a bearing on the sessions.

Then we will explore what what you are hoping to get from the counselling and work out whether we can work together well enough for you to get what you need. I will ask what has brought you to counselling and you can then talk as much or as little as feels comfortable. By the end of the session, you’ll have an idea of what it would be like to come for counselling. We can then arrange our next session.

The first session lasts up to 50 minutes, and costs £25.

What I can help with

AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited