After setting out as a bereavement volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care, Mary Clair worked for five years as a Special Educational Needs Learning Support Assistant in a mainstream state secondary school while undergoing her training as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor.
She now provides therapy for children from a variety of backgrounds aged 5-18 years in private practice and also as a counsellor in a Senior school.
Previously as a School Counsellor at one of the country’s few state-run boarding schools, she was instrumental in developing and delivering a highly successful counselling service. She has also consulted on provision of in-school support and reducing school refusal in other schools in Tandridge.
Her training experience includes her posts as Training Facilitator for Jigsaw South East, a children’s bereavement charity, and training young people in peer support for 11-25 year olds for mental health charity, Mindfull.
More recently she wrote and delivered an accredited level 4 course for other therapists on counselling children and young people before converting it to our Level 5 course and she runs Inset sessions on various subjects including bereavement and self-care for newly qualified teachers.
A passionate advocate for better understanding of development and mental health, she is currently writing a book for parents based on what she has learned though her work and personal experience.