Joan Shearer

Joan Shearer

The Consulting Rooms
The Connal Building
34 West George Street
G2 1DA

24 Crossveggate
G62 6RA

07940 807064

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The Consulting Rooms
The Connal Building
34 West George Street
G2 1DA

24 Crossveggate
G62 6RA

07940 807064

About me

I offer a professional, respectful and caring counselling service.

I believe the value of counselling lies in giving yourself time to look at the difficulties or challenges that you are facing and finding your own way to address these; giving you the opportunity for change and increasing your choices.

And so I believe counselling can offer you the opportunity to “know yourself and be yourself” through being able to talk about yourself in a way that is quite different to talking with family or friends.

I will work with you in a way that responds to you as an individual, acknowledging your own values and goals and I will treat you and all that you want to explore with respect and openness.

I work as a counsellor because I am passionate about supporting individuals as they address their problems, allowing them to live a more complete and fulfilled life.

Having a regular time and space separate from your day-to-day environment, to explore yourself and your life can be the key to enabling change and development.

Coming to counselling can be a daunting prospect – I know this first hand as I have been in the client’s chair myself – and I will be supportive and welcoming when we meet and as we get to know each other.

Training, qualifications & experience

The majority of my experience has been gained working in a general counselling service helping adults with a wide range of challenging or distressing life experiences, such as lack of confidence, low self esteem, low mood/energy, problematic ways of behaving, relationship issues, family issues, major life changes, issues from childhood, work pressures, depression and anxiety.

I also have a particular interest and training in working with adults experiencing social anxiety – this term covers a wide range of experiences where interactions with other people are difficult.

Examples of this are:

  • feeling awkward or embarrassed around other people – either in one-to-one situations, in groups or with strangers;
  • experiencing anxiety in social, work or public situations or when under the scrutiny of other people;
  • feeling exposed when doing specific activities such as speaking/eating around other people.

Training and ongoing Professional Development:

I am a qualified counsellor, with a PG Diploma in Counselling and I have undertaken extensive post-qualification training to further develop my skills and knowledge.

I currently work in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde on a research project for Social Anxiety and I am working on an MSc in Counselling.

I am on the BACP* Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I abide by the BACP* Ethical Framework and Code of Good Practice, which sets out the standards required of a professional counsellor, including regular supervision, continuing professional development and appropriate levels of professional indemnity insurance.

*BACP – British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy


Post Graduate Diploma in Person-centred Counselling, University of Strathclyde

Advanced Professional Training in Emotion-focused/Experiential Psychotherapy (EFT), Levels 1 – 3, University of Strathclyde.

Theoretical orientation:

Both person-centred therapy and emotion-focused/experiential psychotherapy are part of the Humanist tradition. This means that individuals are viewed in a holistic way, attending to all aspects of the individual’s experience – emotions, thoughts, beliefs, values, behavior, needs, goals – and with a belief in the capacity for change and self-determination inherent in each individual.

In addition the relationship between the therapist and the client is of prime importance and is seen as central to the success of the therapy.

Emotion-focused / experiential psychotherapy is an evidence-based approach developed from extensive research into successful therapeutic practice. It draws on current research on emotion theory and provides the opportunity for you to develop emotional intelligence. The approach acknowledges the potential impact of painful unresolved experiences on present-day responses and behavior.

The approach offers ways of exploring problematic experiences which can provide the opportunity for resolution and change while trusting in the capacity of the individual to determine their own way forward through their problems.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adults and young people who experience embarassment, awkwardnesss, anxiety or worry in situations involving other people, such as work, social events and in public places (known as social anxiety).


Sessions are charged at £40. Each session lasts around 50 minutes.

It is important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor you choose to see. To help with this decision, I offer a 30 minute initial consultation to allow you to meet with me and discuss any questions you have. This is free of charge.

Further information

I can work on both a short-term and long-term basis, depending on what you wish. Some people come for a few sessions, others are looking for longer term work. The counselling will progress at your pace and in line with what you are looking for.

I can offer morning, day-time and early evening appointments in Glasgow’s City Centre and in Milngavie.

The BACP website “It’s Good to Talk” provides useful information for individuals considering counselling – including what you can expect from counselling as a client:

Maps & Directions

Glasgow, G2 1DA
Milngavie, G62 6RA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I offer morning, day-time and evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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