Allan Lindsay. Lochaber Counselling
Face to face sessions are available again, with measures in line with Covid19 guidance. Online video (Skype, Zoom, FaceTime etc) or telephone counselling sessions are still available.
Online is straightforward even if you are not familiar with computers, phones or tablets! Please call or email to discuss!
Based at Lochaber Complementary Health Clinic in Fort William, I offer a professional and confidential Counselling service. The therapeutic model which I work with is Person-Centred, sometimes also known as Client-Centred or Rogerian. I work in a supportive non-judgemental manner to help clients explore issues and difficulties, and support clients in making desired changes in order to improve emotional or mental well being.
Some clients enter counselling wanting to deal with a very specific issue and for others the issues are complex and intertwined. Sometimes the difficulties are recent or have been triggered by a recent event, but often the difficulty may have arisen a long time ago. What I have found unites all clients is that the issues they want to explore are having a detrimental effect on being able to fully enjoy life in the present, and that the client entering counselling wants to change something, or lots of things in their life. I have experience both of short term and long term work.
As well as daytime appointments, I can also offer some evening or weekend appointments if required. Skype contact is also offered for clients in areas remote to Fort William however this usually works best if we have met face to face at least once.
Appointments can be made by contacting Lochaber Complementary Health Clinic on 01397 703711. Alternatively, for general enquiries or if you wish to contact me direct please either drop an email or call or text on 07780 546191.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 15 years experience offering Counselling support in Lochaber. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Strathclyde and am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). My work complies with the BACP code of Ethics & Practice, I hold appropriate insurances and am fully committed to ongoing training and learning.
Particular areas of training and experience include Bereavement & Death, Domestic Abuse, Sexuality, Relationship Issues, Miscarriage & Stillbirth, Self Harm and Suicide. I am also able to work in the various areas noted in the paragraph below but please be assured that if we meet and it appears to me that your needs are outwith my competence or training, I have an obligation under the BACP ethical code to discuss where you may get more appropriate support.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
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
£40 per session for individuals. £50 per session for couples. This may be paid in cash, BACS or by debit or credit card.