Annette Cooper

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Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, I'm Annette, an experienced counsellor here to help with life’s difficulties. I enjoy with with people and have a wide range of experience. I was an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the NHS for many years.  I am interested in your health and how this impacts your life and relationships. I am also very interested in bereavement and loss and the impact that this can have on your wellbeing.   I am based in Paisley and am easily accessible from Glasgow and surrounding areas. I work online and face2face.

I can support you to get back on track, find a new direction or lead a more connected and fulfilling live. I work with you to help you to realise your goals and move towards living a more meaningful life.

Working with me.

My core training is in the Person Centred approach and understanding your experiences from your viewpoint  and validating that is  fundamental to my work. 

I  would  be pleased to work with you if you are experiencing  depression, anxiety, intrusive thoughts, bereavement and childhood issues such as abuse. 

I am also happy to work with  you if you identify as neurodivergent  and have perhaps  been diagnosed later in life. Perhaps you are wondering if you are neurodivergent. Whilst it is not within my remit to diagnose this I can certainly hold the space for you to explore this further.

I  offer a 15 minute telephone or online consultation to discuss how we might work together. I am happy to answer questions about my suitability to work with you. If I do not have the necessary skills then I will do my best to offer you the name of other colleagues who may be more suitable for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have had my own private practice for the past 8 years. Prior to working in private practice I worked as a counsellor for a few years in an Employment Assistance Programme. I am familiar with work related issues and the  role of Occupational Health and have worked with  many people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, bullying, relationship issues, bereavement, self harm, generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, low self esteem and social anxiety. 

I have also worked in an organization and worked with clients who had experienced sexual abuse in childhood. 

During my training I worked as a volunteer in a number of counselling organisations gaining experience in working with distress clients with many different issues.  Post qualifying  I volunteered with Cancer Support Scotland for about 1 year working with people and their families living with a cancer diagnosis. Prior to retraining as a counsellor I had extensive experience working in the NHS in a number of different roles. Towards the end of my career in the NHS I worked as an advanced nurse practitioner and dealt with many patient and family issues.

As a Neurodivergent person myself I welcome other ND clients and work in a Neuro-diversity Affirming way.  I work in a non pathologising way with Gender, Sexual and Relationship diversity.

As a member of  BACP  I am bound by their Code of Ethics and Practice and subject to its complaints procedure.  I am also trained in critical incident stress debriefing and can attend incidents which have occurred in the workplace.

Training, Qualifications and Experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - (Stirling University)
  • ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (online training)
  • I have trained with Babette Rothschild in Somatic Trauma Therapy Training.
  • Mindfulness and Compassion training with the mindfulness association.
  • CBT Toolkit training.
  • Working with partners of trans identified people
  • Facilitation training with PCT Scotland
  • Working with Adult Survivors of  Childhood Sexual Abuse.
  • Level one and two EFT - Strathclyde University.
  • Shapes of Grief course - working with the client who has had a bereavement.
  • ADHD and Autism training.

Previous Training, Qualifications and experience

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing and Specialist Practitioner Qualification . (Glasgow University).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • I work in a non Pathologising way with Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity.

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£45.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Counselling session are one hour and there is a sliding scale from £45 to £50.

Personal change takes its own time so it's difficult to estimate how many sessions an individual will need. Some clients feel ready to end in fewer than six sessions. I am also keen to offer one off sessions if that sounds like what you are looking for.

When I work

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Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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