Shona MacIver BSc; PGCE; Adv. Dip.; MA; Registered Member BACP
Recently I was talking to a counsellor who is new to a charity with which I am involved. I said to them that we, as counsellors, help our clients to do one of two things: change or accept. I am not sure if I had really thought this out loud until that moment but I am now sure that this is the simple truth. Our job is, by whatever means, to help our clients do one of those two things.
As a person centred counsellor the way I help clients achieve this is simply by listening, very very carefully, noting body language, including my own, and by offering three core condition: empathy, seeing things from the client's point of view and conveying that back to them; unconditional positive regard, simply, never judging a client; and congruence, put simply, being honest.
I cannot really explain why but these core conditions, combined with a neutral setting and person, and confidentiality, help people move forward in their search for an improvement in their lives but my experience is that it does work.
If this all sounds a bit heavy going I will add that a key feature of most of my sessions is laughter: possibly nature's best medicine. And I believe its impossible to overdose on it!
If you decide to see me I will offer you a confidential service with the above conditions. I will just add that although most people come to see me feeling nervous few leave that way. Most tell me how relaxed and conversational it has been.
If you feel you have problems or issues that would benefit from some confidential airing please contact me at
Rainbow-Counselling (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 0792 7926585. I am not interested in giving a hard sell but I am happy to explain more about how I work and you can decide whether it feels right for you.
I am a very well trained, professionally Registered, person centred counsellor with approximately a thousand hours of counselling under my belt, and I help you take charge of the counselling sessions and your life. It is not always easy to come to counselling but few people quit once they have started and when they come to the end they feel they are in a better place.
I use a number of different skills to help you resolve your issues. They are simple but effective and are easily understood.
We work together on an even footing; you are the expert on your life but by co-operating we can help you achieve your recognised aims.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications:
MA (Merit) Counselling - University of Nottingham
AQA - Diploma in Counselling (Advanced)
AQA - Certificate in Counselling (Advanced)
AQA - Certificate in Counselling (Intermediate)
AQA - Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Concepts
PGCE (Biology and General Science) - Moray House College of Education (Edinburgh)
BSc (Zoology) - University of Aberdeen
Continuing Professional Development
Certificate of Achievement: Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT -University of Reading (online)
Stress and Anxiety training, facilitated by Ray Tempest of the CCC
Writing for Wellbeing - organised by Cruse
Online events CPD (online) various and ongoing
Certification of Achievement: Understanding depression and low mood in young people - University of Reading (online)
My interest in counselling began over fifteen years ago; whilst working as an NHS Health Promotion Specialist, with a remit for young people and sexual health, I attended a training course on Motivational Interviewing. Subsequently I have worked with young people with social/behavioural issues, which included a high level of mentoring which I realised was closely related to counselling. At this point I started my formal training, ultimately achieving an MA (with Merit) in Counselling from a top British University.
During and after my training I have covered issues as diverse as the legacies of childhood incest, rape, post traumatic stress disorder, relationship/family problems, money/employment concerns, bereavement and suicide threats/attempts. When appropriate I have successfully, ethically, dealt with NHS GPs and mental health specialists in relation to client issues.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As a fully qualified, and experienced, secondary teacher, who has worked in secondary schools and Further Education Colleges, I have a lot of experience of working with adolescents and young adults. I am knowledgeable about many of the personal issues that affect their mental health and about the educational issues that can put great pressure on young people.
I have worked in the NHS, as a Health Promotion Specialist, so have a great deal of
theoretical, and not a little practical, experience of helping people change health related behaviour.
- £45 for an adult 90 minute session
- £35 for adults per 60 minute session
- £25 for minors (under 18)/students per 60 minute session.
- I do not do longer than 60 minute sessions with minors as I feel 60 minutes is long enough.
- If during a 60 minute session you feel that you need longer I will extend to a 90 minute session and charge accordingly.
For corporate clients I charge £50 per session, and £40 per session for ten or more sessions, within a three month period, whether or not they are with the same client.
Reluctantly, I have to charge a £10 cancellation fee if I do not get 24 hours warning of a cancelled appointment.
Want to give up smoking?
What smoker doesn't, if they are being honest? I have received the NHS "Helping People Change" training whilst working as a Health Promotion Specialist, and have experience of running Stop Smoking groups within the NHS. Generally the process involves five or six sessions, at the discretion of the group, and the ideal group size is four to six people.
Get in touch, what have you to lose except an expensive, dangerous habit?
If you are interested in counselling but unsure whether it is for you please feel free to give me a call - I am not interested in giving a "hard sell" but I am happy to explain anything you are unsure about. In addition, you can find extra information on my website at: www.rainbow-counselling.co.uk
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Availability: Monday - 9.15am - 5.30pm; Tuesday - 9.15am - 8pm; Wednesday - 9.15am - 3.00pm; Thursday - 4.30pm - 7.30pm; Friday - 9am - 4pm; Saturday - 0900 - 1200
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|