Gillian Taylor - Counsellor & psychotherapist - Dundee
310 Broughty Ferry Road
I run a private counselling service called Uprising, based in Dundee. I provide individual counselling and psychotherapy for a range of emotional difficulties that are particularly associated with self- criticism, shame and an inability to feel kind towards oneself . Self-criticism and shame play a large part in many forms of psychological difficulty, including depression, generalised anxiety, social anxiety, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, poor self-image and eating or food issues. It has been known for a long time that many people can have hostile thoughts and feelings about themselves. Many writings can be found full of descriptions of people tormented by a sense of being unworthy, unlovable, inadequate or bad. Our minds can be tormented by self-condemning and self-loathing thoughts, which can bring about feelings of loneliness, and a sense of being flawed, undesirable and cut off from others.
My practice philosophy focuses on assisting people to find balance in their lives and find peace from a self-condemning nature by developing a compassionate mind. When we lead more balanced lives and develop a more compassionate understanding of ourselves and others, we are better equipped to withstand the storms of life.
To achieve this, I build honest, trusting relationships with those who sit with me. I believe in an integrative approach, which cultivates mindful awareness and compassionate mind training – enhancing emotional balance and resilience. My approach to counselling based within compassionate focused therapy. This is an integrative therapy; with a delicate merge of Western and Buddhist psychology, the latest research in applied neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, social psychology and contemplative mindfulness practice.
I believe asking for help to be an inner calling to feel more aliveness, contentment and wholeness. Whether you have had lots of therapy before or you are new to this process, therapy can be very enriching and life-enhancing. Feelings of uncertainty and suffering are often our doorways to clarity, confidence, purpose, direction, and healing.
- Anxiety/ panic
- Depression and sadness
- Chronic self-criticism and shame
- An inability to feel kind towards yourself
- Stress (work or life related)
- Confidence and self esteem
- Coming to terms with a troubled past and moving forward
- Relationship issues (individual basis)
- Finding meaning and direction in your life
- Sexual abuse/ traumatic past (male and female)
- Anger management
- Bachelors of science honours degree , Counselling and mental health, Abertay University Dundee
- Postgraduate diploma, Pluralistic counselling, Abertay University Dundee
- Postgraduate certificate in compassion focused therapy , with Derby University.
Please see my website for more details, blogs and useful resources and links.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in "Scotland's mental health first aid" at the hearing voices network, Dundee
- Certificate in " Understanding Chinese International students" , at the University of Dundee
- Certificate in "Depression", at the University of Dundee
- Volunteer training at the Women's rape and sexual abuse center in Dundee, this included the following-
- Equality and diversity
- Rape and child sexual abuse
- Support skills
- Working with self harm
- Ritual and domestic abuse.
- I bring 10 years’ experience in the field of mental health to my clinical practice as a psychotherapist. These settings were run for and by people with experience of mental health difficulties, offering a wide spectrum of activities and support to enable positive self-expression, creative exploration, self-development, developing communication and peer support.
- I also worked between two counselling agencies, both based in Dundee. I worked with Insight counselling, which welcomed people from all walks of life; all social economic, ethnic and religious groups. I also worked as an associate counsellor at Dundee University; providing counselling for students and staff.
- I opened up in private practice in 2015.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
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Initial consultation- £25/ concession £20
As I respect your time and my time seriously I have found it best to start with an initial consultation where we will explore whether we are a good match and possible directions our work might take.
You are not obligated to make a further appointment, but if you wish to do so we can do this at this session or you can go and think about what we have discussed and get back to me. I Am more than happy to answer an questions or concerns you have about counselling, so please feel free to do so.
Individual counselling sessions - £40/ Concession £30
These sessions will be a little different to your initial consultation. To start our counselling journey we will begin to untangle the strands of your difficulties. You will be encouraged to explore your feelings, emotions and thoughts around your difficulties. We will begin to form goals for counselling and will collaborate on how we might achieve these. Often our issues can seem so overwhelming, it is often hard to know where to start , but we will work on a step by step basis; one goal at a time.
Concessional prices are for those who are on low income, benefits, unemployed, students or single parents (limited spaces).
Frequency & number of sessions
I ask that you commit to 4 sessions before realistically evaluating the effectiveness of therapy. After this, the contract can be renewed verbally for an additional 4 sessions. A review is given every 8th session (or sooner if desired) and may include changes in dates and times or frequency of sessions. Part of the review process is to determine if more sessions are necessary to reach your goals. If we both collaboratively agree that more sessions are necessary, we will contract for more sessions before ending therapy or reviewing the process again.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their codes of ethics and good practice guidelines. I also meet with a clinical Supervisor once a month to discuss and reflect on my counselling practice.
I also commit to continuing professional development to find new understandings and perspectives. I also refer to recent research and attend frequent training opportunities, so you can be assured that your therapy will be based on sound therapeutic principles and approaches that have been shown to be effective.
I hope you find what you are looking for.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available in Thursday and Friday. Evening appointments are available on a Thursday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|