Shelagh Dougall, COSCA Accred., Reg. MBACP
Our work together will always be tailored to you as an individual and to whatever it is you choose to talk about each week.
Sometimes people come saying, "this is what's going on with me, but I don't know why". In this case, counselling is a bit like detective work, working things out together.
Other times, people are very clear what is wrong or why and can feel stuck or hopeless. Then, counselling is more about helping you to work through all that is happening with you. In this case, it is likely that you will achieve improved mood, functioning and outlook over time.
I work with adults, young people and children. Sometimes people only need to come for a few weeks while others prefer to work over the longer term.
Here are some comments made by clients in our final evaluation session (shared with permission).
"Counselling is a place to talk about problems without being judged...a safe place to do this."
"I feel like I'm moving forward with my life."
"People told me that counselling was mumbo jumbo but it worked!"
"I am a more happy and confident individual and I can deal with tough situations with people/myself more easily. I've changed so much."
"I'm surprised at how quickly I managed to go back to feeling like myself."
"it helps you to talk about things that happened in the past or broken friendships."
"Counselling is something that can allow you to focus more on yourself despite everything else in your life. It gives you a chance to realise or understand more about yourself."
Please feel free to contact me for an informal discussion about what is concerning you and to see if you would like to work with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my Counselling Diploma in 2013 and prior to that, gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling at Edinburgh University.
I am an accredited member of COSCA (the Scottish professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists) and a registered member of BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I worked in Primary schools (1 day a week) for 2 years with Place2be and have worked in secondary schools for the last 3 years (1-2 days a week). I also worked at Safe Space in Dunfermline for 4 years (2 days a week) until June this year when I switched to training for group-working there.
I work both short-term and long-term, with men as well as women.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Photos & videos
My fee is £40 and I have a number of concessionary places for those on a low income.
I prefer to work from home in Kirkliston (see photos of my work-space, above). I also have arrangements for access to counselling rooms in Edinburgh (near the university), Livingston (Deans) and Dunfermline (also photo above).
I particularly enjoy working with young people and children and would also like to work more with students.
Much of my work has been with clients who have been deeply affected by childhood trauma (eg, sexual abuse). I am keen to continue working with people affected by trauma and would also like to work with other members of the family where one or more members have been affected by trauma (eg, parent, sibling).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availability at various times Monday to Thursday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|