Kate Boyd CMCOSCA, BSCH (Assoc.)
Many people find it helpful to explore difficult issues and personal concerns with a counsellor with whom they can develop a working relationship. Counselling allows the client time and space to build awareness and clarity about themselves and the issues that are troubling them and to discover the history behind these problems, if they wish. This can then help the client move towards personal autonomy in their life by integrating the work undertaken with the counsellor.
What to expect
The first session together gives us the opportunity to meet and explore your issues or problems. The objective at this stage is to reach a common understanding and begin to develop plans for working on them. Subsequent sessions address the issues or problems identified with the client. Sessions are often at weekly or fortnightly intervals and therapy may be short or long term.
At present I work on-line and on the phone due to the Covid19 pandemic. Counselling sessions can work just the same as face to face and you may feel more comfortable and at ease working within the safety of your own home. These sessions may be more convenient, good for those with mobility problems, poor public transport issues and for those who live in remote areas.
If you would like to have an initial chat on the phone or by email please contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Counselling Member of COSCA having completed a postgraduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling. I trained as a General Nurse, Mental Health Nurse and Occupational Health Nurse and have a Diploma in Nursing. I hold a Master in Education degree from Aberdeen University. My experience includes working with individuals and couples, young people and groups.
As a Counselling Member of COSCA, Scotland’s Professional Body for Counselling and Psychotherapy I adhere to its standards and code of practice, including guidelines on confidentiality and also follow the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) code of conduct. I receive regular supervision for my practice.
COSCA has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is recognition of my commitment to high standards'
I am also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and an Associate member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH).
As a mindfulness practitioner with a certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy I have a particular interest in working with people suffering from anxiety and depression.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am a Clinical Hypnotherapist. As well as increasing confidence and improving performance, hypnotherapy can help to make profound and lasting changes to thoughts, feelings and behaviour. In particular it has been successful in weight control, relieving stress, pain management, phobias and unwanted habits such as smoking and nail biting as well as many other conditions. If you would like to find out more about hypnotherapy and whether it is for you please contact me.
Counselling sessions cost £50 per 60 minute session.
Concessions offered for
I trained with Tony Buzan to teach study skills such as Mind Mapping, Memory Improvement techniques and Speed Reading and have taught these skills to individuals, groups and with various organisations including the Open University. These skills are useful for children, young people and adults.
Mind Mapping can help with note taking and note making and encourage creativity. The Dyslexia Association recommend mind mapping as a way to support children and adults with dyslexia and there is evidence that mind maps are useful tools for those with autism spectrum disorders.
Simple methods can be taught to help you read more effectively and increase your reading speeds. Strategies to help with memory can increase your confidence generally and boost exam results.