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MA, CA, MLitt, PGDip, MBACP

About me

I am a Person-Centred Counsellor.

I believe that by exploring our own internal landscape we can find a way to live in the world as we really are, to be more secure in our choices, and to relate to others in a way that is engaged and authentic.

A way that helps us to function in an increasingly chaotic and demanding social environment.

I don't think we can achieve this by following a set of instructions or by applying a specific theoretical framework. I think, instead, that we must allow our own feelings and recollections to guide us towards meaningful growth.

It can be hard to do this on our own.

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Before training as a Counsellor and as a Counselling Supervisor, I had a long experience of pastoral support roles - student advising and union casework - in a Higher Education setting. I have also experienced the benefit of counselling during a crisis in my own life.

More broadly, I think I have discovered the creative potential of 'real conversation' in many contexts - personal interactions, academic seminars, union negotiations, administrative engagements, therapeutic relationships, and counsellor supervision.

If you would like to meet, I do not charge for an assessment session.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA (Philosophy) 1975
CA (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) 1981
MLitt (Philosophy) 1987
PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Aberdeen) 2016
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Persona) 2020

I worked as an accountant in the oil industry before joining the University of Aberdeen Business School in 1990. While working at the university I was a personal caseworker for the UCU (University and College Union), and also a student adviser.

I have had a long interest in mental health issues and served on the Board of Mental Health Aberdeen for many years. I started my formal Counselling training on my retirement from the University in 2011.

My philosophical interests are mainly focused on language and meaning - the role of conversation in discovery and exploration.

I presently work in private practice, through Old Aberdeen Counselling Services Ltd.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

I normally charge £60 for a one hour session with a single client. The initial (assessment) session is free.

I am happy to negotiate concessionary rates to students and to anyone in financial hardship. I do not believe that cost should be a barrier to accessing counselling.

I am happy to negotiate fees for group work.

When I work

I offer both daytime and evening appointments.

Further information

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

I have suspended face-to-face counselling for the duration of the coronavirus lock-down. I am, however, taking bookings for on-line counselling.

Many clients have found that this works well for them - often much better than expected. Let me know if you'd like to try an introductory session!

Aberdeen, ABERDEENSHIRE, AB24

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

My counselling premises are on the ground floor, with good access from the street. There is a small, but negotiable, step at the front door - I can supply a ramp if necessary.

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I work within the person-centred approach to support your development as a counsellor.

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