Ally Kennedy-Bearman - Couples, Individual & Sex Therapist: MBACP;MCOSCA;MCOSRT
Sometimes life can throw us a curve ball, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, confused or stuck. Sometimes, with no curve ball, we can still experience these feelings. Talking therapy can often help us safely unpick some of these events and feelings, allowing us to find a deeper understanding of ourselves and our experiences.
I offer a safe space that is confidential and non-judgmental, to help you work through your concerns and any feelings that may arise in doing so. This space helps enable you to explore current experiences and feelings from your past, where new ways of understanding yourself and the people you have relationships with, will have a chance to emerge.
I believe the best therapy happens when the relationship between Client and Therapist clicks and when the client comes with an open mind and the willingness to discover. I firmly believe my clients already have the answers they seek resolution to – what's needed is the right environment in which to discover the way forward.
As an Integrative Therapist, I use various tools from my therapeutic toolbox, to help meet your current needs and to try to find the cause and not just treat the symptoms of your discontent or distress. We always work at a pace set by you and on whatever subject you would like to bring to our sessions.
Key themes I see in practice include subjects such as (but not exclusively): anxiety; affairs; depression; family issues; feeling overwhelmed; financial worries; lack of connection; lack of intimacy; life changes and loss (such as bereavement – including abortion; death; illness; menopause; miscarriage; pets, redundancy; retirement); low self-esteem; porn addiction; sex addiction; stress; trust issues; Trauma/trauma; childhood wounds.
My clients are aged 18+ and are from a diverse range of backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. I have specific training in couple counselling, relationships, adult sexuality and family systems.
*I do not see children or adolescents nor clients who are actively misusing alcohol or drugs at the time of our scheduled appointments*
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a qualified Relationship Therapist and a Sex Therapist with a Diploma in Relationship Counselling (DiRC) and a Diploma in Sex & Relationship Therapy (DipSRT), gained from Relationships Scotland (Scotland's largest provider of Relationship Counselling and the equivalent of RELATE) & validated by Napier University, Edinburgh. As such, I am specifically trained to work with couples & individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships and would like to explore, change and/or enhance their current situation. Sometimes, it feels like relationships have reached crisis point, and although this can be scary and uncertain, therapy can provide a non-biased environment, that helps you see the wood for the trees.
- My Sex Therapy practice can help with many sexual dysfunctions, such as, but not limited to: porn addiction; painful sex; intimacy issues; erectile dysfunction; delayed ejacualtion; vaginismus and other vulval pain and many other sexual issues that inhibits living life to the full.
I regularly see a clinical Supervisor where my caseload may be discussed, as per the requirements of every professional therapist, but please be assured that my clients' identities are not revealed in order to maintain our confidentiality agreement. I am a member of the following professional bodies: COSCA; BACP and COSRT and as such, I work within their ethical guidelines. In addition, I am also a member of Relationships Scotland.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Interest in Trauma/trauma and dysregulation of the nervous sytem
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My consultations are 50 minutes long, currently online on a secured end-to-end encrypted platform and cost £50. Often weekly sessions work well, but this arrangement can be more flexible if this does not suit your situation. And, you may only want to try one session. I don't currently offer consultations in the Black Isle nor Inverness areas whilst we face this pandemic together.
DiRC and DipSRT
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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The building I practice from in Inverness is accessible, with level access, a practice room and WC on the ground floor - please indicate when enquiring if this space is desirable/necessary, so I may book the correct space for your needs.
In light of the current global situation, I have moved my practice online - please contact me for available appointment times by text; telephone or email for further information.
Types of client
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