Joyce Philip MBACP(Accred) & UKRCP, Cert PC Group & Individual Supervision

Joyce Philip MBACP(Accred) & UKRCP, Cert PC Group & Individual Supervision

72 George Square
AB51 3YA


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About me

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


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.
Although I had an interest working with adults with learning difficulties I was offered an initial post, developing the paediatric/children's O. T. service at Woodlands Hospital in Aberdeen. Since then my O.T. experience has been primarily with children and families, with some generalist experience dropped in for good measure!
I enjoyed helping individuals to attain/maintain some independence despite their disability/problem, however was never quite comfortable with the advisory/expert role.
In 2006 I began my counselling journey and completed modules one and two of the Counselling skills course ran by Aberdeen University, Department of Life-long learning. Having had a taste of what Person Centred Counselling was about,
I applied and was accepted to Aberdeen University to do the Post Graduate Diploma in  Person Centred Approach to Counselling, qualifying with the Diploma in November 2009.

Counselling Experience
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)

  By July 2011 I felt assured I could offer my clients a safe and quality service and decided to commit my time wholly 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 where I now work 20 hours per week.

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 acheived 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.  Recently I have been included on the "Approved Supervisors List" for students presently on the Post Graduate Diploma for Person Centred Counselling at Aberdeen University.  (Supporting one volunteer counsellor in training on placement.)

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.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Supervision - individual or group.


£50 per hourly session

Further information

Referrals - I accept both, self-referrals or professional referrals via GP. Requests can be made via telephone 07800642303 or email (

- 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.

, 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.

- 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.

I have worked with individuals, couples, adolescents and children with a variety of issues including;

anxiety, stress, depression, bereavement, loss,
low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress, illness, disability, relationship issues, post-natal depression, family issues, anger management, eating disorders, abuse, bullying, addiction, assault, rape, childhood abuse (physical & sexual), study/work related problems and panic attacks.

Maps & Directions

Inverurie, AB51 3YA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Daytime, evening and weekend sessions available on request excluding Tues/Wed daytime.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults