Anna Shea Counselling (Masters' Degree in Counselling, MBACP Registered)
Sometimes our difficulties in life can begin to feel overwhelming - or maybe we realise they've felt that way for a long time. It might be that now is the right time to try and work on the issues that are getting in the way for you.
I offer long- and short-term psychodynamic counselling in a modern, purpose built consulting room near Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire. My practice can be reached easily and quickly from Aberdeen and the surrounding area. I also work online, and have been meeting with clients this way since 2013.
I work with both adults and young people who have chosen to come to counselling for a wide variety of reasons - for example: anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, eating disorders, stress, gender dysphoria - and many other challenges.
I believe that by increasing our understanding of ourselves and others we can make better sense of our experiences, both in the past, and in the present. I aim to work alongside my clients to help them come to know about themselves, and their thoughts and feelings, more fully.
Together we may be able to discover that there are new choices to be made; to develop an enhanced awareness of the past, and find a greater hope for the future.
As well as general counselling with individuals, which makes us the majority of my practice, I have a special interest in working with adolescents who are experiencing gender dysphoria; with clients who have Autistic Spectrum Conditions, and with families, helping with post-adoption/fostering issues. I also offer supervision, and work in a consultancy role with organisations.
Please email or phone for more information if you think you would like to make an appointment for an initial session, where you can decide if counselling with me is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I enjoy working with a very wide variety of clients. My main body of work is general counselling, with adults and young people, helping people with a wide variety of difficulties.
Beyond that, I have a special interest in working with young people who are experiencing gender dysphoria. Working together with both the young person and their parents, we attempt to better understand the complex factors involved. My approach encompasses an in-depth exploration of any underlying/additional issues. I work with teenagers and their families in person; or online, with clients in the UK and worldwide.
I am also very experienced in working with clients of all ages who have an Autistic Spectrum Condition; or who identify themselves as being on the Autistic Spectrum.
Experience and Qualifications
As well as having my own counselling practice in Laurencekirk, I have worked within agencies as a counsellor for adults and young people, including the Aberdeen University Counselling Service, where I counselled staff members and students for many years. Prior to training to in counselling, I have had decades of working therapeutically with young people.
I have a Master's Degree in Counselling from The University of Edinburgh, and have been working towards a post-graduate qualification in 'Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People' with the University of Strathclyde/Human Development Scotland.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am also a BPC (British Psychoanalytical Council) Trainee Member (http://www.bpc.org.uk/); a member of HDS (Human Development Scotland (http://www.hdscotland.org.uk/); and a Senior Associate Member of APPCIOS (The Association of Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings, http://appcios.com/).
In addition to my counselling practice I supervise other practitioners, and also work with organisations. I am currently providing consultancy/therapeutic supervision for staff at a residential childcare provision in Fife, and Child Protection staff with Angus Council.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transgender or gender questioning teenagers and young adults.
Post-Adoption/Fostering counselling and support for families and children.
Supervision, and also organisational consultancy. Currently working organisationally with A Life Explored (Care) Ltd. in Fife, and with Angus Council.
My fees are £50 per session (for face-to-face sessions. Fees for online/international work on request). Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Organisational consultancy fees on request.
Concessions offered for
I am based just outside of Laurencekirk, just off the A90 (a 10 minute walk from the village, or a couple of minutes by car). My practice can be reached in a 15 minute drive from Stonehaven, 30 minutes from Aberdeen (traffic permitting!), or about 45 minutes from Dundee.There is off-street parking at the door.
I also offer counselling online to clients living in the UK and overseas.