Catherine Ferguson, Qualified Couples Counsellor
The greatest benefit of counselling is that it helps you to feel more in control and better able to do something about an aspect of your life that simply isn't working for you.
I see my role as supporting and guiding you through this process and offering you a safe, comfortable and confidential space in which to explore the areas of your life you choose to bring to therapy. Research shows that the relationship between Therapist and Client/Couple is central to the therapeutic work, and a fundamental part of moving forward in finding clarity. We will work together to try to establish techniques or tools that you can take forward into your daily life to support you whether you feel sad, stressed or anxious.
About My Work
I have many years experience working successfully in the Voluntary Sector with Relationships Scotland (formerly Relate) working with individuals, and couples experiencing difficulties within their relationship. I continue to work with individual/couples in a variety of ways within private practice focusing on working with whatever the client(s) bring into the room ie relationship issues, anxiety, stress, bereavement, divorce, redundancy etc.
As part of an Employee Assistance Programme I support employees through the emotional distresses caused by major life events, family issues and work related issues.
I subscribe to and am regulated by the codes of professional conduct and ethical standards of BACP. I am committed to all areas of equality and diversity. I attend for supervision as per the guidelines laid down by this governing body.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - COSCA
- Diploma In Relationship Counselling
- Certificate of Proficiency - BACP
- Certificate -TA101 (Transactional Analysis)
- Certificate: Teaching Clients Mindfulness Techniques
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
- If you are coming on your own the cost is £50 hour. For a couple it is increased to £55 hour.
An hour is actually 50 minutes in counselling with the other 10 minutes allows for some brief note-taking/admin. You will be asked to pay for your first appointment at our initial meeting.
- Registered Member of British Association of Counselling Practice (BACP)
- Member of Scottish Association of Psychodynamic Counselling (SAPC)