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Purple Emperor Therapy Services are now also operating from Colchester.
You will find us at The Tree Room Centre, 12 Trinity Street, Colchester CO1 1JN.

We will be resuming face to face sessions starting in August.
This will be for 1 day per week only to start from Monday 3rd August.
All other sessions throughout the week will continue to be via online, video or telephone for the time being.

Due to the health risk in the area, face to face counselling has been postponed.
I currently offer telephone, video or online counselling until further notice.
Purple Emperor still has availability for new clients.
If you feel I can help you during this difficult time, call or email me.

Are you trying to make sense of your life right now and you don't understand what's happening or why you're not coping so well with every day life. Perhaps you feel alone from a loss or breakdown of a relationship. There could be certain things from your past that are present in your life today, ...

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Hello, my name is Mary Attwood and welcome to my website.

How did you answer the question at the head of this page?

Did you say to yourself "yes"? I did.
I have certainly felt overwhelmed at times by all the events that have happened, from ensuring I stay safe when I needed to buy the essential grocery item etc. to not being able to see my family and friends due to social distancing.

This in itself can make the most resilient person feel fed up, anxious, worried, isolated, lonely, trapped, frustrated even!

A lot of peoples' mental health has suffered since the Covid-19 situation forced the country to go into yet another lockdown. I've been fortunate to have someone to talk to about how I feel but there are some of you that haven't, therefore our anxiety levels are increased further than before.

Maybe I can help, but before I continue, let me tell you a little bit about how Purple Emperor Therapy Services came to be.....

I chose the name Purple Emperor Therapy Services in honour of one of my best friends who sadly passed away in October 2018. She started with me many years ago on our journey training to be counsellors, but sadly due to health reasons, she was unable to continue. Despite her illness, she was there to support me every step of the way and when I gained my qualification, I vowed to her that my therapy services would be for both of us. As we both love butterflies and her favourite colour was purple, I felt it made sense to look for a purple butterfly. Upon searching, I found that we have the Purple Emperor Butterfly here in this country which couldn't have been more appropriate, hence the title!

As a Counsellor, I have always had a belief that we all have the answers to many of our problems within us, but sometimes we need a little help for us to achieve this.

When you are feeling anxious, low or when you're at your most vulnerable, deciding to seek help is the first biggest step you will take towards having a better well-being. Trying to find the right therapist is the second biggest step and this can be the hardest.
It feels like a daunting task, doesn't it?
It can feel like you've stepped into a maze but don't know which way to turn. This alone can make you feel even more anxious, lost and confused than you're feeling right now. There are so many counsellors out there, but which one do you choose?

Remember, when making your choice, you are in control of your own well-being.

Along with online, video and telephone counselling, I also provide a safe and confidential face to face environment for my clients in either the heart of Sudbury town centre just a short walk from the Market Square or in Trinity Street, opposite the Holy Trinity Church in Colchester.

I have trained in various modalities as a humanistic counsellor and have an integrative approach using various techniques that work best for my clients individual needs.

I have a non-judgemental approach and my clients are always at the forefront of all my work. I can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings to help you achieve your goals.

With over 23 years experience working within the NHS, and 2 years counselling in drug and substance misuse. I have worked alongside people from all walks of life.

I am fully insured and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists) Member 375268.

I have extensive experience of working with young people, adults, carers, the elderly and couples.

All appointments are based at Puressence, 14 Gainsborough Street in Sudbury or The Tree Room Centre, 12 Trinity Street in Colchester.

Home visits to clients are available subject to criteria. If you wish to know more about this, please send me a message or call me.


Phone: 07704 572324

If you wish to see more, please view my profile on Psychology Today, BACP Register or LinkedIn

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14 Gainsborough Street
CO10 2EU
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Tue:9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed:10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Thu:9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fri:10:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Sat:9:00 am – 2:00 pm
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