Carol Aitken MBACP (Accred) BA, Dip Counselling
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 work with clients suffering from a wide range of reactions, which can be brought on by experiences such as: bereavement, loss, redundancy, change in relationships, redeployment and bullying. Much of this work can involve responding to stress, anger, anxiety, low mood and depression.
I have received training in a number of different approaches, and work with an integrative approach. I see individuals privately, and from larger organisations and can offer appointments during the day and some evenings.. I offer short term and longer term counselling, responding to each client's needs.
I also provide solution focussed short-term contracted work with a large local organisation providing short-term counselling (6-8 sessions) , using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques. Clients are often given "homework" between sessions to support them through change.
Additionally I specialise in stress management both for private individuals, groups and organisations. I offer a stress management 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.
On behalf of Breast Cancer Care I facilitate a support group in Falkirk for women with secondary breast cancer.
I am recognised trainer for Training for Care Scotland for Bereavement and within my own business offer training in stress management, resilience and well-being.
I often measure the quality of the counselling I provide in organisational settings with CORE, measuring outcomes to ensure quality service. This can be particularly beneficial when working with low mood, depression, stress and anxiety. I have received specialised training in working with the documentation and am enthusiastic about the benefits of the visibility to both client and practitioner.
Training, qualifications & experience
My background includes work with Cruse Bereavement Care and Couple Counselling Lothian. I work with a number of Employee Assistance Providers and also provide Counselling within an Occupational Health setting. I have more recently specialised in working with issues around stress and anxiety, depression and anger management.
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 appropriate to support clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
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 6 sessions, often these are spaced on a fortnightly basis to allow coping strategies to become comfortable and achieve the benefits before learning each new strategy and becoming comfortable with new ways of being.
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 run stress management and resilience training workshops on behalf of Health Assured.
I also provide work through health insurance such as Aviva and Bupa and work with clients recovering from work related and traffic accidents, often working with the effects of trauma.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available during weekdays and some evenings . I generally work with clients on a flexible basis, either attending weekly or fortnightly.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|