Maggie Costella MBACP Accred. Young People & Adults
Marketgait Business Centre
Behind Pure Gym
0770 302 4118 confidential message service
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” These wonderful words, from Mary Oliver's poem, The Summer Day, remind and inspire me we have a choice, to change what we can.
As an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist, I work in general counselling & with people who have experienced trauma. My practice is mindful & relational, helping you repair wounds from a difficult early start & or subsequent later life challenges.
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 happening 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?
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Affairs/ Betrayal
- Emotional abuse
- Mental abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
- Relationship issues
- Self Harm
- Bipolar disorder/manic depressive
- Personality disorders
- Separation and Divorce
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 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 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 www.maggiecostella.com 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Poetry in Counselling/Psychotherapy.
Photos & videos
I am offering Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions for Young People & Adults. I have a sliding scale for payments which is income dependent.
Dundee and Perth £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, cash or BACS..
I have 2 concessionary places for people on benefits or a low income and for students in training, this is also income dependant.
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. It's convenient for public transport and parking in available in the nearby mutli story car park or in and around Brown Street.
In Perth, I work from my home base. It's 2 flights up so not suitable for people with limited mobility. Parking outside on the street.
I also practice Reiki and Shamanic Healing. More info. on my website.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Dundee Weekdays. Perth, limited appointments available. Just ask.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|