Katie Nicol, The Listening Tree
Counselling at The Listening Tree
Counselling at The Listening Tree is a confidential, compassionate and collaborative experience, where you will be enabled to take an active and central part in exploring whatever is troubling you. In our sessions, I will listen carefully, without judgement, to help you explore your feelings and understand your situation. We will work together to consider what solutions might be possible, as well as helping you identify personal strengths and resources you can draw on. We will always be guided by your preferences and choices and our work will progress on the basis that you know yourself better than anyone else, though sometimes we all need help to see ourselves more clearly or rediscover parts of ourselves that have lost track of. I will support you as you make progress towards your chosen goals, helping you identify small steps that will make a difference and help you succeed.
Counselling is not always easy or comfortable, but it can lead to a great sense of relief and the building of hope. It can also help you to find ways forward that you might not otherwise discover.
You've taken an important and courageous step by deciding to look for a counsellor. People from all walks of life seek counselling, and for many different reasons: anxiety, depression, grief, loss, stress, self-doubt, problems with eating, drinking, sleeping, relationship difficulties, loneliness – to name but a few. Counselling offers a way to share and explore problems rather than trying to cope with them alone.
The Pluralistic Approach
The pluralistic approach views you, the client, as resourceful and full of agency, very much an active partner in the process of change. I believe you will find it an engaging, interesting and creative way to work, that is ultimately empowering and gives renewed hope.
Pluralistic practice offers a collaborative, personalised and flexible approach, with your needs and preferences at the centre of all that we do. Pluralism embraces a 'both/and' philosophy (rather than 'either/or') - the idea that there is more than one way to look at things and more than one way to solve a problem.
We will work together, in a partnership of equals, to develop a shared understanding of your current situation and jointly consider ways to move forward, drawing from many methods and approaches to suit your needs and preferences (e.g. CBT, person centred, psychodynamic, narrative therapy, mindfulness, your own ideas as well as mine). We will identify goals you want to aim for and tasks that will help you reach those goals, drawing on a variety of methods to suit you - and doing some creative problem solving along the way! There might be activities or techniques that you have heard about and would like to try, and I will offer a choice of suggestions for you to consider. I will explain anything that is new or unfamiliar, so that you are always in a position to choose. We will also identify your strengths and resources and see what else can help you as you work to meet your goals. We will review progress regularly in an open, honest and productive way and adjust our ways of working if need be.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (with distinction) from the University of Abertay, Dundee, an internationally renowned centre for pluralistic counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I have counselled at The Tayside Centre for Counselling at the University of Abertay, Dundee (their counselling research unit) and have had my own practice in Blairgowrie and now in Ayr.
I have spent over twenty years in the education sector, as teacher, manager, leader, trainer and researcher, working at both local authority and national level and as a freelance consultant, helping children, teachers and leaders fulfil their potential and get the most out of their work. I am also a fully qualified life and business coach, trained to postgraduate level and abiding by the ethical code of the International Coaching Federation. Creative problem-solving is a strong theme in all my work, coupled with a passionate belief in affirming strengths and encouraging people to aim high, instilling hope and helping clients begin to realise that they can create workable solutions, and become be the best that they can be.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
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Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £40. Payment is on the day, by cheque or cash.
48 hours' notice is required for alteration or cancellation, otherwise the full fee will still be charged.
I offer an initial exploration session for £20, which will take about an hour and a quarter. This gives you the chance to see if you feel you would like to work with me, and to ask more about what that would entail, as well as giving me the chance to find out a bit about you and what has brought you to seek counselling at this time. If we then decide to work together, we will agree the frequency of the sessions - usually this is weekly - and whether this will be for a fixed time or open-ended. These decisions can always be reviewed as time goes on.
The Listening Tree Counselling Commitment
- The Listening Tree offers a confidential, supportive and accepting space in which to explore anything that is troubling you
- At The Listening Tree you are accepted and welcome in a partnership of equals
- At The Listening Tree you will be listened to and you will be valued - you will not be judged
- The Listening Tree will help you find the courage to face difficult issues and will support you as you look into dark or uncertain places
- We will work in collaborative and active ways, putting you at the centre, drawing on your strengths and preferences and helping you to find ways forward that work for you
- The Listening Tree aims to engender hope, resilience, self-compassion and self-efficacy – the ability to believe in your own ability
- The Listening Tree will support you as you work through your problems and begin to explore new perspectives, new possibilities
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Types of client