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PG Dip; MBACP Tranquillo Counselling

About me

Making the decision to seek counselling is your first courageous step toward change.  Whether that change is about making huge life-altering decisions, or about better self-understanding and self-acceptance, I can be with you on that journey.

I offer my clients a safe space  - both face-to-face or online by video - where they can explore their unsafe places. As a qualified, registered person-centred counsellor I will work with you in a non-judgemental, empathic and honest way to create the most effective environment for you to explore your problems and fears.

My approach puts emphasis on you, the client, being at the centre of your counselling process. I believe that the strength of relationship between the counsellor and the client is one of the most important factors in you getting the positive outcomes you want from your therapy. I work in an empathic, non-judgemental and honest way to help build that important foundation of trust between us. I believe that you are the expert on your own life and that exploring your problems with me in a therapeutic relationship based on trust, authenticity and compassion can help you to get to where you need to be at this time.

Counselling can help you work on many issues including self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness and setting personal boundaries, anxiety, depression, and healing from bullying, harassment or abuse.

I am a qualified counsellor on BACP's Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is in recognition of my commitment to high standards.

Training, qualifications & experience

Certificate in Clinical Supervision - COSCA validated
Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People - COSCA validated - University of Strathclyde
PG Diploma in Counselling - University of Strathclyde
COSCA Counselling Certificate - West Lothian College
BA General - University of Stirling

I am committed to developing myself and my skills through regular continuing professional development, and recent CPD has included:

  • Advanced Post-Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
  • Person-centred Group Facilitation Training
  • The Daring Way - based on Brenè Brown's Daring Way process
  • Working with Partners of Trans-identified People
  • Gender Diversity
  • Transgender Awareness
  • Positive Psychology/authenticity
  • Conflict Resolution: Understand, Communicate, Resolve
  • SafeTalk and ASIST suicide awareness/prevention training
  • Child Protection
  • Adult Protection
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Writing Therapy

I work with adults aged 18+ individually, and in couples or small groups for relationship counselling.

I am a qualified counsellor on BACP's register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This is in recognition of my commitment to high standards.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

Individual Counselling ~ My fee is £50 per 50-minute session 
Relationship Counselling ~ My fee is £60 per 50-minute session
Supervision ~ £50 per 1 hour session or £70 per 1.5 hour session
Longer sessions are available by arrangement. Fees will be altered accordingly.

For training, facilitation and coaching fees please contact me to discuss.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am also available to see supervisees on Fridays.

Further information

I also offer person-centred counselling supervision, coaching and training. I deliver workshops on aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing, and on becoming a therapist in private practice. Please contact me to discuss requirements if these are areas you are interested in.

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

My counselling room is up a flight of stairs. There is no lift in the building. However, online counselling is an option if you have access issues.

Supervision

In person
Online

Person-centred supervision within a supportive environment. I supervise work with adult clients.

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