Mary McNeil
Mary McNeil
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Mary McNeil



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Mary is a BACP registered therapist working in independent practice. 

She is fully trained in pluralistic therapy and is able to draw on a wide variety of approaches to meet the specific needs of clients, including cognitive behavioural therapy, humanistic therapy, mindfulness and solution focused therapy. 

In addition to her private practice, Mary is also a Counsellor for an Edinburgh based charity where she works with a large variety of presenting problems including anxiety and depression, work related stress, attentional difficulties and ADHD, family issues and spiritual difficulties.

Mary always respects the unique strengths, personal and cultural resources of clients and works with them to understand the areas in which they would like to see change. She provides the conditions from which clients can decide their goals and intentions which will then give the work the necessary structure and a direction of travel.

Mary works to the highest standards, offering a confidential service based on the importance of developing a secure and trusting therapeutic relationship. Her approach is warm and supportive, helping clients achieve the change they desire to improve their life and wellbeing. She has great faith in the therapeutic process from having helped many individuals improve their lives.

Working with a skilled therapist provides long-lasting benefits, giving people the tools to overcome challenges. Mary creates a safe space for the client in the therapy room which will eventually make the world outside less overwhelming, scary or upsetting. The benefits clients obtain from therapy depend on how well they use the process and put into practice what they have learned. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

A better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

Developing skills for improving your relationships

Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

Managing anger, grief, depression

Improving communications and listening skills

Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

Discovering new ways to solve problems in your relationships

Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Mary has a history of working well with clients who have been previously frustrated in their search for change through therapy. She believes that being listened to at depth is a strong vehicle for change, as evidenced by a significant amount of research, which is why it provides the basis fir her counselling practice.



As well as having an unusually high level of qualifications and training, Mary has a strong background in health and wellbeing. She has a long professional history in a variety of key roles including as a Nurse, Mentor and Counsellor.

She has worked for many years with adults who have learning disabilities. This also included providing systemic support for parents and carers. She has excellent experience in helping individuals and families access the support they required, navigating complex systems. 

She has worked extensively with students, helping them manage their mental health and develop effective coping and organisational strategies as they undertake their courses.

Her time in these roles has given her an excellent working knowledge of systemic interventions. She is extremely knowledgable and experienced in clinical referral to additional services and has an understanding of the importance of accessing NHS services should they be required.

Mary has excellent experience of working with individuals around a variety of presenting issues such as;  depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, relationship difficulties, work problems, life transitions, procrastination, worries about the future, loss of meaning, loss of faith and faith transitions, grief and loss.


  • MSc Counselling (merit) (University of Abertay)
  • BSc (hons) Nursing (Queen Margaret University)




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