Ian McGregor MA. UKCP. Dip ATh.
I have over 30 years experience of providing therapy to people with a wide range of issues including,addictions, anger management ,bereavement, depression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, low self esteem and a wide range mental health issues . I offer individual and couple counselling and psychotherapy and I work with individuals and couples on both a long term or short term basis. I originally trained as an Art Therapist and subsequently trained as a Psychotherapist with the Philadelphia Association.
I am committed to the principle of recognising and respecting the individuality of each person and to understanding and validating one's own story. I am also particularly interested in the uses of our creativity in working to unlock and discover original solutions to what makes us unhappy or disturbed.
I am also registered with the UKCP as a Clinical Supervisor and therefore authorised and available to provide supervision to counsellors and therapists. This can be booked on an ongoing basis or as a one off session to discuss a particular issue.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the Philadelphia Association where I trained as a psychotherapist.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy(UKCP),which is the body that regulates Psychotherapy , Registration number: 06158067.
I have been practising as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Art Therapist for over thirty years and I have an M.A in Art Therapy (Hertfordshire University)
I am the Clinical Director of a multi-disciplinary counselling agency specialising in services for individuals and families affected by mental health and substance misuse and work closely with the NHS and Mental Health Services.
I have particular expertise and experience in dealing with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety as well as addictions ( I am a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) and related problems of anger, bereavement and abuse both current and in the past.
I have a certificate in CBT accredited by the British Psychological Association.
I taught on the the Diploma in Counselling Course at Surrey University for several years.
I also regularly provide training workshops on counselling techniques to a wide range of professionals including GPs and training psychologists.
I have extensive experience of supervising qualified and trainee counsellors and providing supervision to agencies.I have a certificate in Supervision Skills accredited by the British Psychological Association and am accredited as a supervisor with the UKCP.
I am engaged in continuing professional development, including regular clinical discussions with other experienced therapists.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Experienced in solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, clinical supervision, group work and consulting on organisational dynamics. I am an experienced Supervisor of counsellors and psychotherapists and hold a British Psychological Society approved certificate in clinical supervision.
Fees are £60 per session for individual therapy and £80 for couples. Concessions available.
I have professional Indemnity Insurance.
I also have an up to date CRB check
I believe that there many things we can change – we can change our behaviours and our habits and the ways we feel about things and about ourselves.
Some things we cannot change - we cannot change things that have happened in our past such as traumas, abuse or bereavements and losses, but we can change the way we think and feel about them and come to accept them and move on with our lives.
We cannot change others, but we can take power over our relationships and not just accept what others do to us or accept that we have to endlessly repeat the same kind of relationship.
In the first instance I will arrange to meet with you so that we can discuss the issues that have led you to seek counselling and to give you chance to meet with me and following that to decide whether you feel you can work with me. (The one thing that all research shows makes therapy effective more than anything else is what is called the “Therapeutic Alliance” or in plain English whether you have confidence in the therapist and the therapy) If you or I feel that I am not best placed to work with you I will make recommendations to you as to where you would be better able to get help. The key objective for me is that you have the best chance of getting the kind of therapy you need.