Alice Sutherland, MSc Couns; Pg DipCouns
07811442242 (dedicated private mobile)
Service Offered: Individual face-to-face counselling (Adults)
Exploratory Session: I offer this initial session to explore with you what brings you into counselling and your expectations of this relationship. If you would like to continue working with me, ongoing sessions are approximately one hour, a single session or more, weekly or less frequent to suit your situation or preference.
Professional Affiliations: Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Code of Ethics: BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework).
Complaints Procedure: BACP Professional Conduct Procedure (http://www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/).
Supervision: I receive regular, monthly supervision. Client names are not used.
Confidentiality: This will be explained in the exploratory session, however, all information is securely filed.
Contact: I use a private mobile number for clients to contact me and/or leave messages re appointments or cancellations. If I need to contact you, I will leave my first name and contact number only.
How to Find Me: AB16 7AR. A no 59 or 13 bus will take you to Northfield, Aberdeen City.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications: MSc Counselling Studies, Diploma in Person-centred Counselling.
Experience: I have over twenty years experience, initially as a youth counsellor and then with Aberdeen Counselling and Information Service (ACIS) working with the public. Latterly, I was employed for fifteen years as a full-time Counsellor working with staff and students of Aberdeen University before my early retirement this year. I now work from my own home.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Although I have the experience of working with clients who have brought many of the above concerns to counselling, I believe what has been most valuable to them has been a particular way of being:
"I feel if I can be genuinely understanding, try to listen not only to the words but to the meaning, try to understand the person that is hidden within each one of us, that's helpful.
If I really care about this person in an unconditional way, that's helpful.
If I can really be myself in the relationship, not a professional expert, just me in that relationship, that's helpful.
All those things are possible and when they come together, that creates a very powerful climate for change, for growth, for drawing out the potential of the client.
(Carl Rogers on Client-centered Therapy, Person-centred Therapy in the UK)
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Fees: Negotiable but would be £50 approximately for one hour of counselling.
A little about my work background:
As a child care officer working with young people in residential care, I was introduced to the work of Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, and was immediately drawn to what was a deeply respectful way of working with individuals. This started me on a journey to learn more and, despite having little success at school, I was able to gain a degree in Psychology with the Open University. I then studied person-centred counselling at Strathclyde University, one of the first institutions to bring Rogers's Client-centered Therapy to Britain. Since then, I have continued to work (and learn) with individuals in this way.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Day and Evening appointments from 10am to 8pm each day.
Types of client