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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.

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.

Do you have other worries that are causing you distress and you are unable to talk to anyone within your circle of family and friends.

Many people manage to cope from day to day with their worries and concerns until all of a sudden, they can lose concentration, feel easily irritated, feel unable to cope. Experience detachment from reality, cry a lot, feel completely unmotivated. Have trouble sleeping, or eating habits change. Have a feeling of being empty or unhappy.

Do you recognise any of the above and would like to resolve them so that life is back to normal?

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

Purple Emperor Therapy Services is in honour of one of my best friends who sadly passed away in 2018. We started on our journey training to be counsellors, but sadly due to health reasons, she was unable to continue but was always there to support me every step of the way until I qualified. I made a vow, that my therapy services would be for both of us. As we both love butterflies and her favourite colour was purple, I felt it appropriate to choose a name that represented both. Upon searching, I found that we have the Purple Emperor Butterfly 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.

I have over 23 years experience working within the NHS, and 2 years counselling in drug and substance misuse. 

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

I have experience of working with young people, adults, 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 – 6:00 pm
Tue:9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wed:10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu:9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Fri:10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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