With over 25 years experience, I specialise in helping people overcome difficulties with relationships, confidence and self-esteem, anxiety and trauma.

I help individuals and couples.

Thank you Marléne

All I can say is thank you for helping us save our relationship. You certainly know your stuff!
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:27:11+00:00
All I can say is thank you for helping us save our relationship. You certainly know your stuff!

Closer than we’ve been in years

We had drifted into living a life in parallel but never really truly together. We were at the point of deciding to part company but you helped us recover the love we both knew deep down that we wanted.
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:28:30+00:00
We had drifted into living a life in parallel but never really truly together. We were at the point of deciding to part company but you helped us recover the love we both knew deep down that we wanted.

Highly skilled couples counsellor

We cant recommend Marléne enough. She helped us see through the destructive patterns that we were playing out and learn how to be more authentic and communicate in way that means we don't argue, we just get closer.
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:31:12+00:00
We cant recommend Marléne enough. She helped us see through the destructive patterns that we were playing out and learn how to be more authentic and communicate in way that means we don't argue, we just get closer.

The homework was invaluable

We were going around in circles. We had had sessions a few years ago but we were back to the same problems. The worksheets and videos really helped us take what we had recognised in our sessions and put new ways of communicating into proper practice. We now have skills we never had before. Thank you
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:57:38+00:00
We were going around in circles. We had had sessions a few years ago but we were back to the same problems. The worksheets and videos really helped us take what we had recognised in our sessions and put new ways of communicating into proper practice. We now have skills we never had before. Thank you

I would not hesitate to recommend her

Marlène has been a fabulous mentor to me for about 8 years. Her empathy and wisdom has been incredible and helped me to navigate through the ups and downs of life. I would not hesitate to recommend her. S Harrison
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2019-04-19T09:50:38+00:00
Marlène has been a fabulous mentor to me for about 8 years. Her empathy and wisdom has been incredible and helped me to navigate through the ups and downs of life. I would not hesitate to recommend her. S Harrison

Marléne is a fabulous therapist…..

Whatever your particular problem, she can help you think about things in a totally different way and offers you the tools to resolve your issues and move forward to a happier life. Her books are amazingly helpful too. Full of practical advice and really inspirational. D.Benton
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:43:29+00:00
Whatever your particular problem, she can help you think about things in a totally different way and offers you the tools to resolve your issues and move forward to a happier life. Her books are amazingly helpful too. Full of practical advice and really inspirational. D.Benton

Highly recommended…..

Marléne is amazing she offers and gives a life changing service K Jones
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:44:48+00:00
Marléne is amazing she offers and gives a life changing service K Jones

Amazing therapist…..

Marlene Rose Shaw is an amazing therapist and an inspirational person. Highly recommended LV Burnett
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:48:36+00:00
Marlene Rose Shaw is an amazing therapist and an inspirational person. Highly recommended LV Burnett

A professional and supportive therapist…..

Marlene is a professional and supportive therapist who has helped me understand how to manage my life priorities, deal with my problems and I had tried a number of 'therapies' over a period of 20 years and it was not until I met with Marlene and read her book 'Out of Fear and Into Love' that I started to live happily again. Her gentle and professional approach assured me she was listening and understood what I could do to get my life back on track. Marlene is an excellent therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone who has any problem from a simple 'I don't know what is the best option' life decision to more complex problems such as depression and anxiety. Thank you Marlene
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:50:46+00:00
Marlene is a professional and supportive therapist who has helped me understand how to manage my life priorities, deal with my problems and I had tried a number of 'therapies' over a period of 20 years and it was not until I met with Marlene and read her book 'Out of Fear and Into Love' that I started to live happily again. Her gentle and professional approach assured me she was listening and understood what I could do to get my life back on track. Marlene is an excellent therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone who has any problem from a simple 'I don't know what is the best option' life decision to more complex problems such as depression and anxiety. Thank you Marlene

Marléne really helped me…..

When I first went to see Marléne, I was in a place of mental isolation, suffering from severe panic attacks and great anxiety, which at its worst changed me from a very open, life-loving person, into an agoraphobic, who hardly ever ventured out. Marléne really helped me through that difficult, and harrowing time. With her help, and some positive life changes, I am now back to my life-loving self, with a few cognitive tools from the sessions with Marlene, that help keep my thoughts and emotions in check.
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:53:54+00:00
When I first went to see Marléne, I was in a place of mental isolation, suffering from severe panic attacks and great anxiety, which at its worst changed me from a very open, life-loving person, into an agoraphobic, who hardly ever ventured out. Marléne really helped me through that difficult, and harrowing time. With her help, and some positive life changes, I am now back to my life-loving self, with a few cognitive tools from the sessions with Marlene, that help keep my thoughts and emotions in check.

A brilliant mixture of professionalism and empathy

Marléne’s counselling and support changed my life. A brilliant mixture of professionalism and empathy, I felt comfortable talking and discussing issues with Marléne and can not thank her enough for what she’s done for me. Lauren B
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-10T14:36:03+00:00
Marléne’s counselling and support changed my life. A brilliant mixture of professionalism and empathy, I felt comfortable talking and discussing issues with Marléne and can not thank her enough for what she’s done for me. Lauren B
5
11
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal

Thank you Marléne

All I can say is thank you for helping us save our relationship. You certainly know your stuff!
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:27:11+00:00
All I can say is thank you for helping us save our relationship. You certainly know your stuff!

Closer than we’ve been in years

We had drifted into living a life in parallel but never really truly together. We were at the point of deciding to part company but you helped us recover the love we both knew deep down that we wanted.
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:28:30+00:00
We had drifted into living a life in parallel but never really truly together. We were at the point of deciding to part company but you helped us recover the love we both knew deep down that we wanted.

Highly skilled couples counsellor

We cant recommend Marléne enough. She helped us see through the destructive patterns that we were playing out and learn how to be more authentic and communicate in way that means we don't argue, we just get closer.
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:31:12+00:00
We cant recommend Marléne enough. She helped us see through the destructive patterns that we were playing out and learn how to be more authentic and communicate in way that means we don't argue, we just get closer.

The homework was invaluable

We were going around in circles. We had had sessions a few years ago but we were back to the same problems. The worksheets and videos really helped us take what we had recognised in our sessions and put new ways of communicating into proper practice. We now have skills we never had before. Thank you
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2020-04-02T15:57:38+00:00
We were going around in circles. We had had sessions a few years ago but we were back to the same problems. The worksheets and videos really helped us take what we had recognised in our sessions and put new ways of communicating into proper practice. We now have skills we never had before. Thank you

I would not hesitate to recommend her

Marlène has been a fabulous mentor to me for about 8 years. Her empathy and wisdom has been incredible and helped me to navigate through the ups and downs of life. I would not hesitate to recommend her. S Harrison
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2019-04-19T09:50:38+00:00
Marlène has been a fabulous mentor to me for about 8 years. Her empathy and wisdom has been incredible and helped me to navigate through the ups and downs of life. I would not hesitate to recommend her. S Harrison

Marléne is a fabulous therapist…..

Whatever your particular problem, she can help you think about things in a totally different way and offers you the tools to resolve your issues and move forward to a happier life. Her books are amazingly helpful too. Full of practical advice and really inspirational. D.Benton
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:43:29+00:00
Whatever your particular problem, she can help you think about things in a totally different way and offers you the tools to resolve your issues and move forward to a happier life. Her books are amazingly helpful too. Full of practical advice and really inspirational. D.Benton

Highly recommended…..

Marléne is amazing she offers and gives a life changing service K Jones
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:44:48+00:00
Marléne is amazing she offers and gives a life changing service K Jones

Amazing therapist…..

Marlene Rose Shaw is an amazing therapist and an inspirational person. Highly recommended LV Burnett
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:48:36+00:00
Marlene Rose Shaw is an amazing therapist and an inspirational person. Highly recommended LV Burnett

A professional and supportive therapist…..

Marlene is a professional and supportive therapist who has helped me understand how to manage my life priorities, deal with my problems and I had tried a number of 'therapies' over a period of 20 years and it was not until I met with Marlene and read her book 'Out of Fear and Into Love' that I started to live happily again. Her gentle and professional approach assured me she was listening and understood what I could do to get my life back on track. Marlene is an excellent therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone who has any problem from a simple 'I don't know what is the best option' life decision to more complex problems such as depression and anxiety. Thank you Marlene
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:50:46+00:00
Marlene is a professional and supportive therapist who has helped me understand how to manage my life priorities, deal with my problems and I had tried a number of 'therapies' over a period of 20 years and it was not until I met with Marlene and read her book 'Out of Fear and Into Love' that I started to live happily again. Her gentle and professional approach assured me she was listening and understood what I could do to get my life back on track. Marlene is an excellent therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone who has any problem from a simple 'I don't know what is the best option' life decision to more complex problems such as depression and anxiety. Thank you Marlene

Marléne really helped me…..

When I first went to see Marléne, I was in a place of mental isolation, suffering from severe panic attacks and great anxiety, which at its worst changed me from a very open, life-loving person, into an agoraphobic, who hardly ever ventured out. Marléne really helped me through that difficult, and harrowing time. With her help, and some positive life changes, I am now back to my life-loving self, with a few cognitive tools from the sessions with Marlene, that help keep my thoughts and emotions in check.
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-09T18:53:54+00:00
When I first went to see Marléne, I was in a place of mental isolation, suffering from severe panic attacks and great anxiety, which at its worst changed me from a very open, life-loving person, into an agoraphobic, who hardly ever ventured out. Marléne really helped me through that difficult, and harrowing time. With her help, and some positive life changes, I am now back to my life-loving self, with a few cognitive tools from the sessions with Marlene, that help keep my thoughts and emotions in check.

A brilliant mixture of professionalism and empathy

Marléne’s counselling and support changed my life. A brilliant mixture of professionalism and empathy, I felt comfortable talking and discussing issues with Marléne and can not thank her enough for what she’s done for me. Lauren B
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal
5
2018-11-10T14:36:03+00:00
Marléne’s counselling and support changed my life. A brilliant mixture of professionalism and empathy, I felt comfortable talking and discussing issues with Marléne and can not thank her enough for what she’s done for me. Lauren B
5
11
Counselling and Therapy Algarve Portugal

How Can I Help You?

​Therapist, Coach and Self Help AuthorCounselling and Therapy Sessions For IndividualsWe can all face similar challenges and worries, but each of us

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​Therapist, Coach and Self Help Author Couples Counselling is a specific area of counselling which requires specialised training and qualifications. With a

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Supervision for Counsellors and Therapists I love my role as supervisor. It gives me great joy to help you grow and expand

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​Therapist, Coach and Self Help AuthorCounselling and Therapy Sessions For IndividualsWe can all face similar challenges and worries, but each of us

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​Therapist, Coach and Self Help Author Couples Counselling is a specific area of counselling which requires specialised training and qualifications. With a

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Supervision for Counsellors and Therapists I love my role as supervisor. It gives me great joy to help you grow and expand

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If you're reading this I think you're pretty amazing. You've realised that something  isn't working in your life and you've decided to make changes.

That makes you pretty special because it means you're doing exactly what you're meant to be doing. 

Life is all about expansion: about facing challenges and becoming wiser through them. 

That's where you're at right now - making the decision to work on your problem and to grow as a person.

How to get in touch with me

I offer face-to-face counselling and therapy sessions in Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

I also offer online sessions internationally via Skype or Zoom

To enquire about sessions:

Please first read the information at the relevant link.

FAQs For Individual Clients   | FAQs For Couples

Below the information you will find contact details.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you.

Books by Marléne 

How Kind People Get Tough is based on over 25 years helping clients gain confidence and have happier relationships.

If you want to say no without guilt, stop people pleasing, gain respect, be properly heard, set boundaries that work and know where you stand in your relationships, then this is the book for you. 

Plus Free Online Companion Course 

Out Of Fear Into Love is based on helping thousands of clients let go of the past and break unhelpful patterns.

If you want to let go of the limiting beliefs that have been making life and relationships a struggle and start living from a place of self love and empowerment, then this is the book for you.

Plus Free Online Resources

English Speaking Counselling and Therapy Lagos Algarve Portugal