Susan Murray, MA (Hons)Psych, PhD, MBPsS, MNCS (Accred.)

Susan Murray, MA (Hons)Psych, PhD, MBPsS, MNCS (Accred.)

Inverurie Wellness Centre
36 North Street
Inverurie
Aberdeenshire
AB51 4RS

Aberdeen Well-being Centre
13 McCombie Court
Aberdeen
AB10 1AW

01467 621200 / 07802 849716

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Inverurie Wellness Centre
36 North Street
Inverurie
Aberdeenshire
AB51 4RS

Aberdeen Well-being Centre
13 McCombie Court
Aberdeen
AB10 1AW

01467 621200 / 07802 849716

About me

Hello. Are you feeling anxious, stressed or depressed? Do you need a safe and confidential space to explore any issues which are causing you distress?

As an experienced counsellor and psychologist I can help you unravel your difficulties and restore calm and confidence. I use an integrated approach with therapy, calling on elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, transactional analysis and person centered therapies tailoring them to suit your personal needs - it is my belief that regardless of the approach, it is the strength of the therapeutic relationship that is the key to recovery.

Our aim when working together will be to build a relationship based on trust and respect, where you can feel valued, supported and listened to so that you can work through your difficulties at your own pace without fear of being judged,moving towards a place of harmony and balance in your life.

I have helped people overcome problems like low self-esteem, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, stress, mental health issues, work and personal relationship difficulties and have specialist psychological knowledge and expertise in the emotional aspects of eating disorders, body-image and weight management. I also offer specific courses of Stress Management Training which includes sessions on whole body relaxation, breathing techniques and managing unhelpful or negative thinking patterns using CBT techniques.

I offer a reduced fee for our first meeting as an opportunity to find out if we 'fit'. I think finding the 'right' counsellor is a bit like shopping for new shoes - you may have to try out a few to find out which are the most comfortable and that's ok! Your recovery towards a pleasurable life depends on finding a therapist you can connect with and trust so I want you to feel comfortable and not under pressure when we meet for the first time.

So, if you're tired of repeating the same unhelpful patterns of behaviour, having the same arguments or just finding life and relationships difficult... let's talk through the options for improving things.

If you lack confidence or are feeling stressed, dis-stressed, unhappy or anxious and not sure what to do next.... Let's talk..... it's the first step towards finding a place of calmness and fulfillment and I'd like to help you find that place. Contact me today to make that first appointment - then the hardest bit is done!

Training, qualifications & experience

Local to the Aberdeenshire area I have always enjoyed working with people and have lots of 'life' experience. I started out fulfilling a childhood ambition with a career in nursing before circumstances led me to the challenge of starting up and running a small business in the oil industry.

Then, in 2002, having successfully dealt with my own obesity issues with the help of counselling, I began my own journey into a career in counselling and psychology where I can once again focus on 'people'. My quest to understand why change can often be so challenging for many of us inspired me to study psychology and health behaviour change at length which led to me gaining a PhD in health psychology, and it can be extremely helpful to combine this knowledge with my counselling experience when I'm working with clients.

At home, I have a grown up family, step-children and grand-children and have experienced all the trials, tribulations, joy and lessons that combining families can bring. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, gardening, travelling and spending time with my partner and family.

Professionally, I have some relevant qualifications too:

National Counselling Society Accreditation
PhD in Health Psychology from University of Aberdeen
MA (Hons) Psychology from University of Aberdeen
COSCA Counselling Skills 1 - 4
Scotland's Mental Health First Aid Certificate

I have also undertaken a wide variety of additional counselling courses and workshops over the years.

All of the above said, you are the expert in you and my role is not to tell you what to do but instead to work with you collaboratively, using my experience to help you to understand you better and uncover the solutions that you need for yourself. Working in this way, together we can help you find balance and harmony in your life so that you can achieve your personal goals and enjoy life.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

NCS

Accredited register membership

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  • Where you'll find me
  • Our Office Reception & Waiting Area
  • Consulting room

Fees

First trial 'get to know me' appointment £30
Subsequent appointments £50

Further information

I am available to provide Wellness at Work workshops, presentations and health checks

Maps & Directions

Inverurie, AB51 4RS
Aberdeen, AB10 1AW

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

i'm available at Inverurie from 10am - 4pm Mon - Thurs and some evenings and in Aberdeen on Friday mornings.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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