Rhonda Gillespie, MSc
Bridge Of Allan Counselling
88 Henderson Street
Bridge Of Allan
01786 831 521 / 07521 786 926
How I can help, Sometimes we just need someone to talk to that doesn’t know who we are so that we can learn more about ourselves. My counselling room in Bridge of Allan offers you a relaxed, warm, cosy space to talk about the things that need clarification. You will feel safe in a confidential space that you can explore and gain insight into what is causing the difficulties in your life. Don’t be afraid of the stigma surrounding seeking help, we all need it from time to time.
I am available for day, evening and weekend appointments. Please feel free to call and book a free introductory meeting. I try my best to return calls within 24 hours. The counselling approaches I work with are Person-centred, Emotion Focused and Photo-Therapy.
The Person-Centred Approach believes everyone is “potentially a competent individual” who can benefit from this form of therapy. The approach enables you to understand yourself better and have a clearer picture of your own unique self concept. By understanding ourselves better we can see where we sometimes have misunderstood ourselves or not been fully congruent in our life to the extent that it could lead to anxiety and other difficulties.
Emotion Focused Therapy was developed to help individuals and couples to resolve unpleasant emotions by working with those emotions instead of suppressing them. EFT is a therapy that assumes emotions can be a healing source and focuses on the constructive aspects of specific emotions, primarily in the present rather than the past. EFT looks at how problems happen and not just why they occur.
I also specialise in Photo-Therapy which is about using photographs to bring self-awareness and healing which can arise from a subconscious level and may not currently be in focal awareness. This is a great introspective approach for individuals who may find talking daunting or have difficulties expressing themselves through words. Phototherapy can deepen and enhance insight, understanding, and relationships with others, in ways that words alone cannot do.
What will happen if you call for an appointment?
Our first meeting will last approximately 15-30 minutes, this is time for us to get to know each other and decide if going forward with therapy is right for you. This introductory meeting is not a counselling session and is free of charge. Some new clients decide to go right into a first session once we meet which is always an option.
What to expect: During the first few sessions we will talk about your current life, your strengths, resources, current patterns and some past history. After this we will begin addressing your presenting issues, so that you can start to feel better. We will work together to ensure that you feel safe, supported and contained through the therapeutic process.
How many session will you need? The length of the counselling relationship is ultimately decided by you. It is dependent upon your goals, needs and circumstances. You may need help with a particular issue which can be resolved in a few sessions or you may be seeking an ongoing helping relationship which becomes a consistent feature of your life.
It is important that you remain in control and decide upon the course of your own therapy. A basic guideline is 6-8 sessions and then we would review your needs at that point.
Client Testimonials (client approved)
“I had been to a few therapists before and thought that maybe it just wasn't for me. When I started going to Rhonda it seemed like I had finally found the right fit. Through her sessions I feel like I've finally started down the path to getting better instead of just surviving. It's been difficult, but I've been pushed to confront my problems, and I feel a lot stronger and a lot more capable of coping. The techniques I've been taught to control and ease my issues have made it feel like I can finally live my life according to me instead of through my problems. The phototherapy element is wonderful at showing how far I've come in this time and feels a lot more personal than it's been with therapists in the past.” (Ismay)
“When I first started therapy I was regularly feeling depressed. The problem I had was that I didn’t understand why I was feeling the way I was and I didn’t know how to get out of it. By going to therapy I was able to learn more about how I’ve become the person I am today and how to like that person more. I am now armed with the tools to improve things going forward. I’m not perfect but I know with the right level of discipline, structure and accountability (while being a little bit selfish) I can get myself into a much better situation and I won’t ever be back to some of the lows that I’ve had in previous years.” (C.W.)
“I was feeling very anxious and needed to talk to someone outside of my family. I suffered from constant worry, I worried about everything and even things that never happened. Along side my worrying I had experienced a few very difficult bereavements that I could not come to terms with. Counselling saved my life, I was suicidal and not in a good place at all. It has taken me a bit of time but I am thinking more clearly. I can go out and enjoy myself now, I understand other people better and have rebuilt my confidence. I would, and do recommend Rhonda to anyone I know who is suffering.” (Peter)
It is required by UKCP and BACP standards that, I am in regular personal supervision with a senior therapist who oversees and supports my clinical work. I also keep up to date with new and exciting findings in psychotherapy with continuous personal and professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Science in Counselling, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Emotion Focused Therapy, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
Therapeutic Photography, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Contemporary Developments, Edinburgh Napier University
Cosca Certificate in Counselling Skills, Simpson House, Edinburgh
Photography Diploma, Humber College, Toronto
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Photos & videos
£25 per hour for students or young people
£50 per hour for adult counselling
£75 per hour for couples counselling
Sliding payment scale also available;
Rates can be determined by your current situation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime, some evenings and weekend appointments. I appreciate making an appointment seems daunting but I can assure you you will feel at ease and are under no obligation.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|