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 see clients in Aberdeen on Wednesdays at The Credo Centre (near John Lewis), and offer counselling over Skype.
I work with 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 Disorders (e,g, Asperger's Syndrome); 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, or 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.
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 a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, e.g. Asperger's Syndrome; or who identify themselves as being on the Autistic Spectrum.
Experience and Qualifications
As well as having my own counselling practice in Laurencekirk and Aberdeen, 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
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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.
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 occasionally see clients in Aberdeen at The Credo Centre.
I also offer counselling online to clients living in the UK and overseas.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I see clients on weekdays and evenings, between 9:30am and 9:00pm, working in-person and via Skype. On Wednesdays I offer sessions in Aberdeen during office hours.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I offer psychodynamic/relational supervision for students and practitioners working therapeutically with adults, children and families in a variety of contexts.