Mary Whitaker

Mary Whitaker

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number

Contact Mary

The information outlined in this listing is not to be used for advertising or marketing purposes.

Therapist - Chelmsford

Chelmsford CM1
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates


I have availability daytime and evenings

About me and my therapy practice

Every storm will pass, but sometimes when things get tough it helps to have someone you feel completely safe with to confide in. This is your time and space to work towards reaching your true and authentic self, however small those first steps might be. I will be by your side to support you on your journey. This is a safe and ethically bound opportunity for your self-discovery and recovery and to reach a calm and peaceful mind, a relaxed body and a contented future. 

Through brave, whole-hearted reflection and a positive approach you can move forward leaving negative issues from the past behind you. Or this may simply be a space to offload current stresses and pressures of life free from criticism or judgement. It's your call.

In our sessions we can explore at your own pace the circumstances that have brought you to counselling. I work from a holistic and 'pluralistic' approach which means paying attention to your whole self with consideration to how the mind and body work symbiotically and drawing on aspects from different types of therapy tailored to suit your unique and individual personality, experiences and needs in a way that feels comfortable to you.

Whatever you chose to bring to the room, we will work together with warmth and empathy. This may involve reaching back in more depth to root causes and explore how past experiences have affected your current state of being and your core beliefs. We may work on healthy boundaries, finding practical coping skills and strategies that work for you, or practise using mindfulness/relaxation techniques.

This is your opportunity to take care of you, your mental health and your emotional well-being - which can have a positive effect on your outlook on life and your physical health. I am here to give you the time and space you need to use to your fullest advantage to move forwards towards becoming a happier you.

We can have face-to-face sessions, work online or talk over the phone.

I look forward to meeting you soon,


Practice description

I am currently working from Chelmsford Therapy Rooms located at 212a Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9QR.

These are accessible groundfloor rooms with limited parking onsite. There is on-street parking nearby or additional parking at the many Chelmsford car parks. 

We are also accessible by bus and train being aproximately one mile from Chelmsford train station.

My first session

I offer a 15 minute free first phone call so that we can discuss why you have chosen to seek counselling, what you hope to gain through having the sessions and whether we might be able to work together. 

The first session will be more of an introductory session -  a chance for us to introduce ourselves further and start to get a feel as to how we would like to work together.  We will discuss how the therapy works, our responsibilities to each other (mine, as a counsellor working under the BACP Ethical Framework are many, yours - being the client are fewer and basically are around your commitment to coming to the sessions and focussing on what you hope to achieve). This may be your first dip into talking therapy and you may have questions or anxiety as to what is expected of you; that is quite normal. Or, you may have experience in this area and know what to expect. 

As the relationship between us is key to good practice this first session will provide an opportunity to begin to build a safe, reliable and consistant therapeutic relationship where you feel comfortable to bring whatever you chose to the therapy room. The focus on future weeks being that this is your time and space for you to use to your fullest advantage. 

The sessions are 50 minutes and generally once a week at the same time/day/venue. Although I can offer some flexibility (for instance if you do shift work) but this does need to be discussed and planned for in advance. We can discuss whether you are seeking short-term counselling with a set number of session and a focus on exactly what you want to achieve and how we are going to go about that. Or perhaps you want to have an open-ended amount of sessions and see how it goes and what comes up  for you. You may have a specific issue that you want to tackle, or you may want to learn more about yourself and where your behaviours and responses are rooted. I can be flexible on how we work together, and am able to tailor our sessions to what suits you best. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Mood disorder, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, CBT, Creative therapy, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited

Languages spoken