Maggie Costella MBACP Accred. Young People & Adults

Maggie Costella MBACP Accred. Young People & Adults

152 West Marketgait

0770 302 4118 confidential message service

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152 West Marketgait

0770 302 4118 confidential message service

About me

Young People & Adults
I work with Young People from age 11 and Adults. I offer General Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced trauma or abuse in their lives. I am an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist qualifying with my first Diploma in 2003.

Approach & Training Models
My counselling approach is integrative and relational and this means I have trained in several different therapeutic approaches. The main ones are: Psychodynamic, Egan, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy & the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) I will draw from these and my knowledge and experience to find a way to work with you that's a best fit. We will work together (relationally) with what you bring and I will be mindful and respectful of your story and experiences and the stage you are at on your journey. We will pay attention to your body and notice what is happeneing as we talk, working with the body somatically can really help to get to the heart of the matter.
I believe the relationship you build with me is as important as the theory that underpins the work

Complex Trauma & Difficult Early Attachment
Trauma comes under many guises and often goes alongside growing up with a difficult or disrupted early attachment to the parent/caregiver, meaning there were significant times in childhood when you were not seen, heard or acknowledged and you had difficult later life experiences too. I like the term unmothered children to describe this early disruption. Together they result in complex trauma that comes from a variety of sources. The list below suggests some of the key issues that may be affecting you.

What's worrying you?

  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Anger/Rage
  • Addictions
  • Domestic Violence
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • PTSD
  • Obsessions
  • Difficulties in Relationships- work or home
  • Self Harm
  • Dissociation
  • Bullying
  • Trust Issues

Unfinished Business
I believe coming to therapy is about exploring our unfinished business. All our unresolved life experiences and our early attachment patterns are deeply etched in the neuroplasticity of our brains, it's hard wired if you like.   These patterns repeat physiologically and make us who we are in present moment time and result in current symptoms. If our symptoms and these old patterns or ways of relating to others and the world are triggered, this is usually what drives us to seek help as life or part of our lives is out of balance and perhaps unmanageable. The good news is we can change the plasticity of the brain, by working with the body (somatically) and what is currently presenting.
In my practice I bring over 35 years experience of working with people on all levels with either their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health and I have been working at depth with people as a counsellor/psychotherapist since 2003.

Short or Long Term Work
I understand that seeking professional help and sharing at this level is a powerful and courageous step to take. I very much respect the counselling/psychotherapeutic process and I will manage it in a calm and mindful manner. The work will unfold at its own pace and can either be short or long term to suit your needs.

I am also working with adults over Skype. I offer reduced fees for skype sessions and for students in training, this is also income dependant.

I enjoy being creative in my approach and I use a variety of creative means, if appropriate, to enable clients to have better understanding of their current situation all of which helps get beneath the surface of the problem and allows meaning that is beyond words or from an early place in your history.

BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am a registered member of BACP and have accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with them and I work to their Code of Ethics and practice.

I have professional indemnity insurance which allows me to work in private practice here in Dundee and Perth.

There is a lot more information on my website. I invite you to explore it and if you feel connected to anything written here, please don’t hesitate to be in touch and we can begin to explore if it feels right to begin to work together.

With best wishes,


♥ Helping you get to the heart of the matter. ♥

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered General Nurse 1976-79, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

M.A. Food, Health & Welfare 1994-1997 Dundee University.

Certificate in Counselling Skills 2000-2001 Garnethill Centre Glasgow.

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2001-2003 Garnethill Centre Glasgow, validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Certificate in Relationship Counselling, 2008-2009 Scottish Marriage Care,Glasgow.

Level I Graduate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Glasgow 2011

Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2 with David Grand

Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)

Advanced CRM Core Self training

Case Conceptualising & Treatment of DID with Lisa Schwarz

I have also completed the following training and CPD.
Play Therapy for Children & Young People. Glasgow Caledonian University.
Compassion in Healing the Self, Deirdre Fay, Glasgow, Counselling Children & Young People Edinburgh University, Becoming Safely Embodied- Deirdre Fay, Level 1 Graduate of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Glasgow, Child Protection Training Dundee City Council, Loving your Broken Heart, Deirdre Fay, Glasgow.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • The Office in Dundee
  • The Office in Dundee
  • The Office in Dundee
  • The Office in Dundee


I am offering Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions for Young People & Adults. I have a sliding scale for payments which is location and income dependent.

Dundee £40/45/50.00

Sessions last 50-60 minutes.

Sessions can be up to 90 mins long, payment would in be accordance with length of session.

Payment in advance or on the day of the appointment. Cheque or cash.

I am also working over Skype now

I have 2 concessionary places for people on benefits or a low income and I offer reduced fees for students in training and for skype sessions, this is also income dependant.

I will also consider a discount for long term therapy.

Thank you

Further information

The office in Dundee office is based in the city centre, it has disabled access and a waiting area on the ground floor. The office is on the second floor and there is a lift. Its convenient for public transport or parking in the nearby mutli story car park or in and around Brown Street.

I also practice Reiki and Shamanic Healing. More info. on my website.

Maps & Directions

Dundee, DD1 1NJ

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: No


Dundee - Tuesday/Wednesday to start with adding Monday beginning of September.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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