Catherine Aberdein

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Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB25
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This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

About me

*Currently at full capacity with waiting list - hope to have some availability towards the end of the summer of 2024*

Face to Face, online or telephone are available to suit your needs.  Life can be challenging for us all at some point and can push us to our limits. We all can struggle to cope and feel weighed down by life issues. Whether you are experiencing loneliness, stress, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, low self-esteem, or are just feeling lost and need someone to really listen.  I hope to be there for you, and together we can find a way forward. Many people have at some point in their lives experience problems with mental health and I believe that it takes more strength and courage to reach out for help than to bury the problem.

Using a Person centred approach, I aim to be there to help you better face and cope with your problems, explore these issues together, and empower and motivate you in whatever situations you may be facing. However, I strongly believe in being flexible to your needs and often use other therapeutic approaches, tools and techniques, so that you can obtain the maximum benefit and long lasting change from our sessions.

I will be there to support you in a non-judgemental, safe and compassionate way that suits you best, and plan to work together towards your goals – whether that may be to make a change in your life, looking for validation, contentment, peace, happiness or simply to regain your self-worth and confidence again. Or it may just be you are looking to share your story….

I can help with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, general anxiety disorder, stress, self-harm, low self-esteem / self-confidence, emotional / physical / sexual abuse, trauma, CEN (childhood emotional neglect), burnout, bereavement, bullying, individual relationship difficulties, family issues. I am particularly passionate around issues relating to neurodiversity such as ADHD or Autism.  I am experienced in working with those who are currently facing or recovering from Narcissistic abuse or any form of gas lighting. I deeply understand the importance of slowly building your confidence and regaining a sense of identity after having experienced this type of abuse.

I am fortunate to have worked in a generalist counselling capacity and have experienced a wide range of client issues. I have always felt it a privilege that clients share their lives and experiences with me and therefore fully understand the need and importance of confidentiality to each and every client.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (with commendation) - Aberdeen University
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Modules 1-4 - Rowan Consultancy
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), NHS Grampian, Aberdeen
  • Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of Scotland’s professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy (COSCA).
  • Member of Aberdeen Counselling Forum (ACF).
  • I also volunteered as a counsellor with Aberdeen Foyer for over 2 years.
  • I am committed to ongoing professional development and recognise the importance of attending training regularly.

Some examples of recent training in 2024:

  • Helping Professionals working with Autistic Adults - Dawn - 6 month course - By Ausome Training
  • Understanding Adult ADHD - 6 week course - Dr Alex Conner
  • Rejection Sensitivity Dsyphoria - Dr Alex Conner
  • How to help your clients with Overwhelm

Some examples of recent training in 2023:

  • Working with ADHD
  • Cults (High control groups): what they are, how we can spot them,
    and how we can reduce harm
  • Relationship Workshop
  • Autism Acceptance (6wk training course)
  • Healing Trauma with the Breath
  • How the Body Holds Trauma & Chronic Stress Creating Blocks to Change 
  • Living and Working with Neurodivergence

Training in 2022:

  • AUSOME  - Anytime Training- Understanding Behaviours - Autism Training
  • CBT for Self Esteem
  • Working With Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice - Carolyn Spring
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing - Carolyn Spring
  • Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship

Training in 2021:

  • Talk Safe, Plan Safe – A Suicide Prevention Training
  • Working with and supporting autistic and neurodiverse clients
  • Personalising psychotherapy - Mick Cooper and John Norcross
  • Understanding Depression
  • Working with Shame
  • Effective Anger Management tools for working with men - James Hawes
  • Counselling the LGBTQ+ Client
  • Complex Anxiety
  • 7 Keys with working successfully with men in therapy - James Hawes
  • Client Assessment
  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder
  • Introduction to working with Adolescents
  • Mood and Food - The Connection
  • Living Life To The Full - Dr Chris Williams
  • Self-care with Motivation

Training in 2020:

  • Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Bereavement, Loss and TA Workshop
  • Understanding post-traumatic Stress
  • Working with Dissociated States of Self in the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Goals in Therapy: Actualising Our Deepest Directions
  • Trauma informed care and responding to sexual abuse disclosure
  • Working with Shame in the therapy room
  • Transactional Analysis 101
  • Building Self-confidence

Member organisations

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC. It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
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.

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Childhood Emotional Neglect.

Narcissist abuse/neglect. Gas lighting.


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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information


Initial and ongoing sessions £50 for the 'therapeutic hour' (50minutes). However, if you would like to buy 6 sessions upfront, you will receive a 10% discount (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).

Discount offered for Full Time Students or Trainee Counsellors at a reduced rate of £40.

Cancellation Policy:

Sessions can easily be cancelled, I just ask for 48 hours notice. If you are unable to give the required notice - the full charge of a sessions applies. Special circumstances are always considered.

Regular Reviews:

I offer regular reviews (approximately every 6th session) to discuss your progress, how you feel the sessions are going and consider whether you might benefit from more sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am available Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings & early evenings, Wednesday all day, & Thursday mornings. I am flexible, so please do get in touch with any queries.

Further information

Testimonials from previous clients:

"I’ve had experiences of counselling in the past and never really thought this was for me. However, the difference was finding a counsellor that I really connected with from the start, understood my issues, listened well and challenged my thinking. I found the sessions relaxing and comfortable and were all about me and whatever I wanted to speak about. As an introverted person I find it difficult to open up and speak, Catherine was patient and asked the key questions to get me speaking and understanding myself and my thinking better. Thank you!"

"Catherine makes you feel very welcome, comfortable, and calm. Previously, I would have been scared to admit or discuss my feelings, but she taught me how to deal with them and manage my thoughts. Catherine also provided me with useful tools, techniques and podcasts that helped me throughout my process. Time is a healer but talking is too and I would fully recommend anyone to reach out to Catherine. She is kind and will never judge you, no matter what your circumstances are. She will be there to help."

“I was asked what I would like to achieve from the sessions which was important to me. I was also assessing my counsellor to see how we got on. Most importantly I felt comfortable with you and that you were someone I felt I would be able to talk openly with. Thank you for being there, Catherine, at a low point for me and making me think about things from a slightly different angle. I would highly recommend Aberdeen Bespoke Counselling for an easy and informative service which makes a big impact on people’s lives.”

“I came to Catherine at my lowest ebb. We worked through some past and present traumas and gradually I found myself coming back round. I can’t thank Catherine enough for helping me on my journey.”

“I have got more comfortable in the sessions with time, I like how you challenge me, and like to be continuously thinking about things. I like the dynamic we have. I open up more and talk about my feelings. The sessions have given me the courage to make changes in my life, and I’ve made these changes because of our sessions.”

“It’s been really good to see things in a different light. I thought it would be a lot more draining but it’s been more like a weight has been lifted. I feel I have opened up about things quite easily and normally I’m quite guarded.”

"As someone who had never experience counselling before, Catherine made me feel very comfortable and allowed me the space to lead the session in a manner I wanted. We talked about things that were on my mind without making them feel like mountains to climb."

"I can clearly see and feel a difference in myself from the initial session to the last. It was a process that allowed me to understand what/how I was feeling and why I was feeling it in order know myself better. Without a doubt, I achieved the goals I’ve set throughout the sessions and I’m now equipped with the right tools to deal with situations that I’ve struggled to deal before joining therapy. The calm and welcoming environment definitely had a positive impact during the sessions – a non-judgmental room where we can be absolute."

"Just to say again that I’m grateful to you for all that you’ve helped me with.  I came to you because of a crisis, but left you with a better understanding of myself and feeling that I can go forward with confidence." 

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB25

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Google Meet