Ally Kennedy-Bearman (DiRC) Couples and Individual Therapist: MBACP & MCOSCA
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.
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, with a Diploma in Relationship Counselling (DiRC), 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 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.I also work with Individuals, who would like to explore their relationships or indeed any other aspects of their lives.
In addition, I am a qualified Sex & Relationship Therapist (DipSRT), at Relationships Scotland-Counselling Highland, based in Inverness. http://www.counsellinghighland.org/ for more details.
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 problems
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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My consultations are one hour long, face to face and cost £45 for Individuals and £50 for couples. 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 come for one session. I currently offer consultations in the Black Isle and Inverness areas.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, but would like to make an appointment, I would be happy to discuss possible alternative arrangements with you.
Maps & Directions
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I practice from home in the Black Isle and from central Inverness - please contact me for available appointment times and locations or text; telephone or email for further information.
Types of client