Alice Sutherland, MSc Couns; Pg DipCouns

Alice Sutherland, MSc Couns; Pg DipCouns



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About me

Services Offered:  Individual face-to-face counselling (Adults).

Exploratory Session:  I offer this initial session to explore with you what brings you into counselling and your expectations of this relationship.  If you would like to continue working with me, ongoing sessions are approximately one hour, a single session or more, weekly or less frequently to suit your situation or preference.

Professional Affiliations: Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Code of Ethics: BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice (

Complaints Procedure:  BACP Professional Conduct Procedure (

Supervision:  I receive regular, monthly supervision. Client names are not used.

Confidentiality: This will be explained in the exploratory session, however, all information is securely filed.

Contact: I use a private mobile number for clients to contact me and/or leave messages re appointments or cancellations.  If I need to contact you, I will leave my first name and contact number only.

How to Find Me: AB16 7AR. A no 59 or 13 bus will take you to Northfield, Aberdeen City.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:  MSc Counselling Studies, Diploma in Person-centred Counselling.

Experience:  I have over twenty years experience, initially as a youth counsellor and then with a well known charity counselling adults who attended their service. Latterly, I was employed for fifteen years as a full-time counsellor working with staff and students of a local university before my early retirement this year. I now work from my own home.

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Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Although I have the experience of working with clients who have brought the above concerns to counselling and many more, what I have found has been of most value has been a particular way of being:

"I feel if I can be genuinely understanding, try to listen not only to the words but to the meaning, try to understand the person that is hidden within each one of us, that's helpful.

If I really care about this person in an unconditional way, that's helpful.

If I can really be myself in the relationship, not a professional expert, just me in that relationship, that's helpful.

All those things are possible and when they come together, that creates a very powerful climate for change, for growth, for drawing out the potential of the client."

(Carl Rogers on Client-centered Therapy, {Person-centred Therapy in the UK})

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Fees:  A sliding scale between £30-£40 approximately for one hour of counselling and £20 for an exploratory session of half an hour.

Further information

A little about my background:

As a child care officer in the 70's working with young people in residential care, I was introduced to the work of Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, and was immediately drawn to what was for me a deeply respectful way of working with individuals. This started me on a journey to learn more and, despite having little success at school, I was able to gain a degree in Psychology with the Open University. I then studied person-centred counselling at Strathclyde University, one of the first institutions to bring Rogers's Client-centered Therapy to Britain. Since then, I have continued to work (and learn) with individuals in this way.

Maps & Directions

Aberdeen, AB16

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


I have daytime appointments available between the hours of 10am and 4pm, evening appointments between 6pm and 9pm and Saturday afternoon appointments from 3pm to 6pm.

Types of client

Older adults