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MSc Couns; Pg DipCouns
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB16

About me

Services Offered:  Individual telephone 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 (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework).

Complaints Procedure:  BACP Professional Conduct Procedure (http://www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/).

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

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

Experience:  I have over twenty five 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 in private practice from my own home.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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

When I work

I am available to speak via telephone during the day or in the evening.

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.

Central Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB16

Type of session

Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Alice Sutherland

Alice Sutherland