Gillian Ferguson (MBACP accred)
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.
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.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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
Individual Counselling £45.00 per 50-55 minute session.
Counselling Supervision £45.00 per hour
Mondays and Fridays Face to Face appointments are possible
Online sessions available Monday and Friday daytime and early eves Mon, Tues and Weds