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About me

Hi I understand it can be difficult to take the first step when you are looking for help and support. Counselling is on a weekly basis. Meeting each week will give you the space and time to talk through your difficulties and help you understand your situation more clearly.

I have been working as a counsellor and trainer for over 10 years. I am a member of and accredited trainer with COSCA (The Scottish Counselling Body). I work part time teaching on the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course. I am professional and work within COSCA codes of practice and ethical framework.

I have experience of working with people on a variety of issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger
  • Abuse.
  • Suicidal thoughts

I qualified initially in community education. I trained as a person centred counsellor but also use cognitive behaviour techniques. In the last two years as part of my continuous professional development i have completed the following training courses:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Toolkit
  • ASSIST suicide prevention
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Mindfulness
  • Certificate in Couple Counselling

Training, qualifications & experience

  • B A Community Education
  • Post Grad Teaching Qualification Further Education
  • Diploma In Person Centred Counselling 2005
  • COSCA Accredited Trainer 2007
  • Counselling Supervision Course

Member organisations


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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic


£40 per hour


I am flexible. I have some day time and evening appointments

Further information

If you require further information view my website: truecolourscounselling.org.uk

West Lothian

Key details

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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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Gail McMurdo BA, PGDip, Dip. Couns.

Gail McMurdo BA, PGDip, Dip. Couns.