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About me

I provide counselling to individual adults and young people 16+yrs.

As a Person Centred Counsellor and Trauma Therapist, with over 20 years experience working in Statutory Services, Voluntary Sector, Independent Practise and Secondary Schools, I will work with you on whatever issues you bring to counselling.

This may include things like anxiety, panic attacks, depression or relationship issues such as choice of Partner, Separation, Bereavement and Loss. Often when we have experienced issues e.g.  abuse, abandonment or neglect, bullying or critical parenting, we escape our pain by people pleasing, in addictions, or high achievement. We find it hard to trust or build intimacy. We 'eat' our way through emotional pain or contain our feelings in a tightly sealed box. We numb our pain however we can and often get caught in a cycle of self-hate, self-sabotage and destructive behaviours or relationships, increasing our belief that we matter less than others.

I offer a safe space where sharing your pain and shame with another person, free from judgement and conditions, feels more possible.

I offer sessions in West Dunbartonshire area using Ben View Resource Centre premises near Dumbarton Centre. There is parking nearby and ramp entry. Currently used therapy room is 1st Floor, although Ground Floor is possible when mobility is limited.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.)
I have completed:
Diploma in Counselling- an in-depth Counselling Training in the Person Centred Approach, 2000 University of Strathclyde
Certificate in Counselling Supervision,
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. 1998

I have also completed many other trainings over the years relevant to the issues people bring to Counselling.

Childline Training

Counselling in Secondary Schools: University of Strathclyde

Family Systems Training

My Trauma training includes fully qualified Emdr Therapist

Core Training in Comprehensive Resource Model

Deep Brain Reorienting

These are therapeutic approaches beneficial in the processing of traumatic experiences or where emotions are experienced as highly charged (e.g. panic attacks) or 'stuck.'

My experience includes working with people on general issues like Stress and Self-esteem.  I also work extensively with people who have experienced Complex Trauma including Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Rape. I have also previously worked regularly with Young People,  EAP's and also with those who experience Gender dysphoria including Gender Identity issues.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Having completed the Person Centred Counselling Supervision Course, I offer Counselling Supervision to Counsellors and other Professionals who would like to benefit from  support that is out-with their line management .


£45.00 per session

Additional information

Individual Counselling £45.00 per 50-55 minute session.
Counselling Supervision £45.00 per hour


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Mondays and Fridays Face to Face appointments are possible

Online sessions available Monday and Friday daytime and early eves Mon, Tues and Weds

Ben View Resource Centre
Strathleven Place
West Dunbartonshire
G82 1BA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Ground floor room possible, ramp at entrance

Online platforms



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer Counselling Supervision from a Person Centred Perspective.

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Gillian Ferguson

Gillian Ferguson