Carol Aitken MBACP (Accred) BA, Dip Counselling
I have been an accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists since 2013. I work with private clients on a one to one basis as well as providing counselling support for a number of Employee Assistance Providers (EAP) and health care organisations such as Bupa and Aviva.
I am particularly interested and specialise in Stress and Anxiety (including panic attacks) and Trauma and hold contracts to provide wellbeing assessments to organisations where it is recognised their employees may be vulnerable to secondary or vicarious trauma due to the nature of their role and regularly work with individuals suffering anxiety disorders following road traffic accidents.
My practice also extends to delivering training in areas such as Mental Health Awareness (often tailored for team managers) Stress Management and Resilience Training both through my my own business and on behalf of organisations such as Health Assured and Training for Care Scotland.
Life can be challenging and changes in life are often distressing. Sometimes clients are not sure what is "wrong" but benefit from a space to explore their difficulties and understand them and this often leads to positive long term change.
I also provide solution focused short-term counselling, using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques. Clients are often given "homework" between sessions to support them through change. This is similar to coaching program, which consists of six sessions, learning about stress, how to reduce it, introduce coping strategies and learning how to become more effective and resilient in facing challenges.
As well as sessions face to face, I offer sessions by phone or online by Skype or Zoom. COVID19 has brought an increased demand in phone and online - where engaging in sessions either by phone or online, please ensure that you are in a space where you can speak freely without being overheard.
On behalf of Breast Cancer Care I facilitate a support group in Falkirk for women with secondary breast cancer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have enjoyed a range of experience working with a number of organisations since I started working in counselling in 2005 with Cruse Bereavement Care. More recently I have specialised in working with issues around stress and anxiety, depression and anger management, alongside delivering training for a wide range of organisations such as Edinburgh University, Tay Road Bridge and Royal London.
P Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training
P Cert in Stress Management
Accredited Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
COSCA Diploma In Counselling
BA Management Studies
I am committed to Continuous Professional Development and regularly attend workshops and courses to help me ensure I have skills and knowledge to appropriately support my clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer workshops locally in Stress management and wellbeing and am particularly passionate about this type of work. Clients who suffer from panic attacks often achieve a significant improvement in 3-5 sessions, often these are spaced on a fortnightly basis to allow coping strategies to become comfortable and achieve the benefits in an affordable manner.
I offer an initial consultation free of charge to discuss your needs and how I can help. Thereafter a session will cost £45 and is payable by cheque,cash or bank transfer.
Each session will last an hour. Often it is not necessary to meet weekly, where we meet less frequently you may be given "homework" between sessions. This will support your learning or change over a longer period of time, building your tools and strategies for long term change or adapting to a new way of life.
A reduced fee may be offered for students and in such instances 6 sessions will be offered at the lower rate. Please enquire for details.
On behalf on Breast Cancer Care, I facilitate a monthly group in Falkirk for women with secondary breast cancer. If you are interested in coming to this please contact Breast Cancer Care on 0808 800 6000
I am the recognised trainer for Bereavement for Training for Care, Scotland for the Lothian area.
I trained as a volunteer mentor with Edinburgh Volunteer Centre, supporting people back into work who have been out of work for some time and offer a mentoring service to those who require support with progression in their workplace.
I also provide counselling through health insurance policies such as Aviva and Bupa and receive work in supporting clients recovering from work related and traffic accidents, often working with the effects of trauma and have training in trauma response and attended organisations to provide response.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I generally work with clients on a flexible basis, either attending weekly or fortnightly. Occasionally sessions can be arranged at short notice.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|