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Ally Kennedy-Bearman - Couples, Individual & Sex Therapist: MBACP;MCOSCA;MCOSRT

Black Isle IV7 & Inverness IV2
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Black Isle IV7 & Inverness IV2

About me

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.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

COSRT

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Relationship Therapist

Sex Therapist

Couples Counsellor

Individual Therapist

Interest in Trauma/trauma and dysregulation of the nervous sytem

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

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Fees

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.

Further information

DiRC and DipSRT

Inverness
Highland
IV2

Black Isle
Highland
IV7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

Wheelchair user access

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.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

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Ally Kennedy-Bearman - Couples, Individual & Sex Therapist: MBACP;MCOSCA;MCOSRT

Ally Kennedy-Bearman - Couples, Individual & Sex Therapist: MBACP;MCOSCA;MCOSRT