Pamela Orr MSc, PG Dip Couns, BSc (hons) MBACP
About me and my therapy practice
As a BACP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I can offer you the space and time to be truly listened to, to explore your own thoughts and feelings and to allow you to come to a place where you are able to make the changes that you feel are right for you. I can help you find your own solutions, in an environment where you are understood and supported, at a pace that is suitable to you. I have experience in a wide range of areas and I can help you develop the skills, awareness and perspective to deal with the situations that you are facing.
All too often in life, we know that within ourselves we are feeling anxious, angry, frustrated or sad. In so many ways we are the experts in ourselves; we have known ourselves longer than anyone else. We know that we want to make changes and are feeling that ‘pull’ to explore our own innermost thoughts, wishes, desires and fears to create those changes.
However, sharing our thoughts with family, friends and peers may leave us worrying that we are being judged, pressured or is leaving us in a position where we feel we need to take the advice that may be all too often offered.
With the support that I can offer in counselling, you can make those changes to your own life, at your own pace and in your own way.
What I can help with
Abuse (sexual, psychological, physical), Addiction(s), Adoption Issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Grief and Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Therapy, Depression, Eating disorders, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Infertility, Life Coaching, Loss, Personal Development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Service Veterans, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Stalking, Trauma, Women’s Issues, Work related issues.
Types of therapy
Humanistic and Person Centred
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older Adults, Groups, Organisations, Young People
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited, Face-time and Skype counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Psychological Therapies (Glasgow Caledonian University, 2014)
Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Therapy (Strathclyde University, 2013)
Reiki 1 and 2 (2010)
BSc (hons) Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University, 2003)
HND Social Science (South Lanarkshire College, 2000).
I started my Counselling training journey in 2011 and since qualification (2014) I have worked in the voluntary and private sector. I have gained considerable experience in counselling practise and I am working towards Accredited status with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I have worked with Kerith Counselling Service Ltd, Talk Now and Amina: The Muslim Women's Resource Centre offering counselling to clients with mild to moderate mental health issues. I am currently working in the NHS (part time) as part of an Adult Psychology Team providing counselling in the community.
As a lecturer, I have taught Psychology and Counselling in Further and Higher Education institutions for the past 15 years and have extensive expertise in understanding the complexities behind many mental health conditions. I have taught Psychology and Counselling to students studying in a variety of degrees: BSc (hons) Psychology, BA (hons) Social Science, BSc Nursing, BSc MidwIfery, BA Social Work, BSc Science and BA Health & Lifestyle and I am currently also teaching FE students on the HNC Counselling course.
Over the past 8 years I have specialised my teaching and research to the area of counselling and have taught students the importance of understanding the impact that mental health issues can have on so many areas of an individual's life. I have also taught students how counselling plays such a vital role in the recovery from many psychological issues for example depression, stress and anxiety and I am passionate in helping people via education and counselling.
I am currently working alongside 'Action Against Stalking' developing University level workshops and seminars.
BACP Conference Presentations:
Campbell, P. (2015) The effectiveness of student counselling services in Higher and Further Education: A systematic review of the research evidence. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy 21st Annual Conference, 14th – 15th May 2015. Nottingham: UK.
Campbell, P. (2016) University students’ preferences for location, format and gender of counsellor. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy 22nd Annual Conference, 20th – 21st May, 2016. Brighton.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
How much will I be charged for counselling?
When you first contact me I will ask to chat to you on phone, Skype or online for a short time of 15 minutes and this is free. This will allow me to introduce myself and arrange your initial consultation.
When I first meet you I will provide a 1-hour initial consultation at a fee of £35.
After your initial consultation has been completed, if you would like to continue with counselling your costs will be £40 per 50 minute counselling session. Concessions are available under certain circumstances.
Payments can be made via PayPal, Bank transfer or cash. Please note that there is a £1.50 cost to the client you are paying via PayPal due to PayPal charges.
What happens when I get in touch with you?
When you first contact me we I will ask to call you at a suitable time and we can have a chat about why you wish to come to counselling. This chat normally lasts for 15 minutes and we can then arrange your initial appointment. We can also have this chat via Face time, Skype or online if you would prefer not to call.
What is an initial appointment?
An initial appointment is our first appointment and this is where we will first meet. We can meet face to face, or you can arrange virtual appointments via Skype or Facetime. I will ask you some questions about yourself, your medical background, your personal details (address, G.P address, D.O.B) and you can talk to me about why you have decided to come along to counselling and what you would like to achieve in counselling. This session lasts 1 hour and I practice from a few locations in East Kilbride and Rutherglen depending on when we can meet. Alternatively, you can request virtual sessions via Skype or Facetime.
What happens after I have had my initial session?
After you have had your initial session, you can arrange your first counselling appointment if you wish or you can have a think about things and get in touch with me.
What should I expect from counselling sessions?
Your counselling session can be scheduled in at a time that is suitable to us both and will last for 50 minutes, this is called a 'counselling hour'. During your counselling sessions you we will talk through the things that are causing you upset, worry, anxiety or tension and I will support you to make the changes that you wish to make. It's important to remember that you are the expert in yourself and when you have some space and time in counselling to discuss your worries or issues, the solutions will become clearer to you.
How many sessions of counselling will I need?
This very much depends on the individual and why they are coming to counselling. I have worked with clients from 5-6 sessions to 40 sessions. My advice to clients is to begin the sessions as see how things go.
How often do I come for Counselling?
Sessions normally start weekly for the first 4 weeks, at this point we can chat about fortnightly or monthly sessions. However, it really is a mutual arrangement and we can discuss this together.
Can I have evening/weekend sessions?
I have some availability for Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5pm-8pm and Saturday morning sessions from 9am-12pm.
Any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Cancellation Policy: Please allow for 24hours notice of any cancellations, otherwise a cancellation fee may apply.
First 15 minute phone chat: FREE
Initial 1 hour Consultation: £35
50 minute counselling session : £40
payments can be made via PayPal, Bank transfer or cash. Please note that there is a £1.50 cost if client is paying via PayPal due to PayPal charges.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Available to book appointments Mon-Tuesday 9-5pm Evening appointments Mon-Tues 5pm-8pm Weekend appointments Sat 9am-12pm. Subject to availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|