Alistair Dickson MBACP (Registered) Dip Counselling
I am a fully trained and experienced counsellor offering a one to one counselling service in the west end and city centre of Glasgow. This can be short or long term depending on your needs and wishes. I work with clients as individuals and with their own unique life issues which they bring to counselling. I have experience of helping adults and young people work through various difficulties, including depression, anxiety, loss, bereavement, physical disabilities, workplace bullying, relationship problems and painful feelings arising from childhood difficulties and abuse.
I can assure a non- judgmental, warm, compassionate, safe and professional approach. Along with working at your pace in a collaborative way, this creates the basis of a working relationship. Here trust can grow and thoughts and feelings can be found, expressed and explored. This forms a ground in exploring relationships and emotions past and present
My training has been in Psychodynamic counselling which works with processes and emotions that are unconscious to graduallybring them into conscious awareness. It takes into account the perspective of the past and how early experiences and attachment relationships can be carried unconsciously throughout life, creating patterns which can ahve an adverse influence on present emotions and relationships. It is only through becoming aware and of such unconscious patterns and emotions which are causing present difficulties that real change can begin to be made.
I have found my own personal experience of the process of counselling very useful, as part of my training and also at difficult points in my life as a way of exploring and learning more about myself, working through difficulties and changing ways of relating with others for the better. This has been valuable experience in being able to fully facilitate the counselling process for others.
If needed I can offer an initial 15 minute phone call where we can explore the possibility of working together. Here I would be considering what is bringing you to therapy and I would be giving information about the way I work and there would be an opportunity for questions. There is no charge for this time. If we decide to work together I ask for an initial commitment of six sessions. I also ask for at least 24 hrs notice in cancelling sessions otherwise the session fee would be chargeable. I believe it’s important that counselling is accessible as much as possible. If needed I can offer reduced rates by negotiation.
My background previous to counselling has been in Art Therapy (qualified in 1988) and working for nearly 30 years with adults of all ages from many different cultures and social backgrounds in the communities of London and Glasgow. This has been in the areas of mental health, disability, carers and education which has included one to one support, group work and also supporting students in further education.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling 2015.
- I work in accordance with BACP's Code of Ethics.
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2014
- Supervised counselling practise since 2013
- Post - Graduate Certificate in Education - Qualified teaching in Further Education 1997
- Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy 1988
- Registered member of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme run by Disclosure Scotland.
- Regularly updating training - undertaking continuous professional development. e.g. Suicide awareness, short term psychodynamic counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Initial consultation (phone or by meeting) - free, then £45.00 - for each 50 minute sessions.
Sliding scale/consessions considered for those working part time or on benefits.
I have practiced and taught the stress release and awareness practise of mindfulness for many years and have, where appropriate, offered this to clients as part of counselling. I have previously worked in the feilds of support in education and the community based services. I have a wide practising knowledge of the fields of mental health and additional support needs such as autism, Aspergers syndrome, dyslexia and physical impairment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please ring, text or email - available weekends and various other times day and evening weekdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|