I offer a professional service within a peaceful and private clinic in Inverurie.
Counselling can be helpful for someone who is experiencing a difficulty or uncomfortable time in their life,
a time when something is "just not quite right"!
As a Person Centred counsellor I strive to:
listen without judgement for the truth of every person's own experience/story;
stay with the person's story of experience, trusting that they know the best way forward;
believe in the human need to move forward in times of chaos or crisis;
try, as far as reasonably possible, to see things from the other person's shoes;
be genuinely interested in that person;
be as open and honest within sessions to create a safe space where another can be heard.
As a Person Centred counsellor I have learnt not to:
direct or advise;
interpret anothers inner motivation;
see someone as labelled by a diagnosis;
see my understanding of the situation as preferred;
see myself as the expert.
(Charles O'leary 1999)
By offering this to another hopefully they will be able to find themselves and what it is they want.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MBACP (ACCRED.) & UKRCP
I have lived and worked in the Grampian region all my life. I would be considered a 'local quine' and take great pride in that.
From a young age I wanted to work within one of the 'caring professions' originally believing my way forward was in nursing. Instead I trained as an Occupational Therapist (O.T.), qualifying in 1987. For 18 years I worked for NHS Grampian latterly attaining the position of Senior I community paediatric Occupational therapist.
In 2006 I started a new chapter training as a counsellor, qualifying with a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Approach to Counselling in 2009 from Aberdeen University. Subsequently I qualified in 2014 with a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Supervision with Aberdeen University.
I have acquired a considerable amount of clinical hours to date, covering numerous client issues within a variety of placement settings. (Both professionally and as a volunteer)
In February 2010 I felt assured I could offer my clients a safe and quality service and decided to commit my time to private practice. (Please take a look at my feedback in the Testimonial page on my website).
In October 2013 I was invited back to work for Mental Health Aberdeen with their Adult Counselling Project at Calsayseat Medical Group in Aberdeen until September 2019 when I became wholly self-employed. I continue to have a strong link with MHA and volunteered on their phone helpline throughout 2020.
As an **ACCREDITED** member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) I abide by their ethics and code of practice.
Having Accredited status means I have achieved Registered status as an Independent counsellor/psychotherapist. (UKRCP)
In 2014 I completed a COSCA Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision with Aberdeen University and a Certificate in Group Supervision with the "Centre for Supervision and Team Development" (CSTD) led by Robin Shohet at the Findhorn Foundation.
**N.B. As of February 2021 I stopped taking on new supervisees and as of June 2021 discontinued my Supervision practice. **
As you can see from the list above my case load has been very varied, but the one factor that remains constant is me. By offering the therapeutic conditions of understanding, acceptance, genuineness and warmth, this creates the safe space for another to share their experience, a precious space that I have not experienced in any other situation.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling - £50 per hourly session however this is negotiable depending on your circumstances.
Daytime, evening and weekend sessions available as required.
Referrals - I accept both, self-referrals or professional referrals via GP. Requests can be made via telephone 07800642303 or email (email@example.com).
Sessions - will be held at my Inverurie clinic, in a small, quiet and extremely private room.
The first appointment may be longer than usual as it will allow time for exchange of information. It is during this session that we would discuss whether counselling is for you. If counselling is chosen, regular sessions will be offered, usually once a week lasting around 50 minutes.
Cancellations, a period of at least *24 hours notice of a change in the appointment time, (if possible) would be appreciated. Please note that *late cancellations or "No Shows" will be charged at the full rate*. Non- attendance due to adverse weather conditions will not be charged.
Confidentiality - Counselling is confidential. Everything that is shared within the sessions, stays there. If, however, during these sessions someone appears at risk of harming themselves or someone else, their right to confidentiality will be examined (with them first) and waived in order to find additional help/support for them.