Your Choice Counselling - Bursledon Counselling

COVID-19 is affecting us all in one way or another. It can be a very stressful time.

Be gentle to yourself.

Tomorrow is another day.


Let Yourself Rest"....Jeff Foster

If you're exhausted, rest.

If you don't feel like starting a new project, don't.

If you don't feel the urge to make something new, just rest in the beauty of the old, the familiar, the known,

If you don't feel like talking, stay silent.

If you're fed up with the news, turn it off.

If you want to postpone something until tomorrow, do it.

If you want to do nothing, let yourself do nothing today.

Feel the fullness of the emptiness, the vastness of the silence, the sheer life in your unproductive moments.

Time does not always need to be filled.

You are enough, simply in your being.


Talking to a counsellor can help.....

Make an appointment to talk to a qualified counsellor who can help with many issues including low self-esteem and relationship issues.


Please feel free to browse the site and contact us for any further information about counselling or to make an appointment.

about hampshire counsellor mary shepherd


My name is Mary Shepherd and I am a qualified, accredited counsellor working in private practice from my home in Bursledon, which is a picturesque village between Southampton and Fareham just off M27 Jct 8, and therefore easily accessible from areas in Hampshire and the M3 corridor.

My professional qualification is in person-centred counselling, although I sometimes also use creative therapies, and I am an accredited (OCNW) bereavement worker, having trained to work with both adults and children/young people, and I am a qualified couples counsellor.

I have been CRB checked and I hold an enhanced CRB certificate.

As well as counselling, I am a qualfied music instrument teacher, previously having taught woodwind instruments to children at schools throughout Hampshire.

I am a member of the Hampshire Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society and abide by their Practitioners’ Code of Ethics.

I undertake continuous professional and personal development which enables me to keep up to date with new developments and have a deeper understanding of client’s needs.

I provide a professional and confidential service to clients in a safe and non-judgemental environment, and have experience of working with issues such as grief, traumatic grief, children’s grief, anxiety, generalised anxiety, guilt, miscarriage, depression, low self esteem, stress, sexual abuse, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, OCD, CFS/ME, addictions, personal development, relationship issues and working with couples.