Christine Tierney (Connect Counselling Ayrshire)
Making the decision to come for counselling can be daunting. You might be uncertain about whether counselling can help but if you are finding life difficult or even overwhelming, I can almost certainly help you to move forward and reach a 'better place'. Please be reassured that no matter what your issues are, you will receive a warm welcome at my practice based near Ayr town centre.
I am an experienced counsellor who works with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties. I trained in an integrative approach to counselling which means that I have more than one type of theoretical approach to draw on. This means that I can tailor my approach to suit each individual client. It is not a case of "one size fits all". After all, no two people are the same and this way of working means that I can use a mix of different approaches to best suit each individual.
There are many reasons why someone may come for counselling. Some of the common reasons are listed below:
- Experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or anger.
- Going through a significant change in your life and experiencing feelings of loss, grief, confusion or fear.
- Day to day life may have become difficult and overwhelming.
- Struggling to find ways of coping with your feelings in a healthy way and therefore may be using self-harm, disordered eating patterns, alcohol or other unhealthy ways of coping.
- Suffered from abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual) or been indirectly affected.
Don't worry if you do not fit into any of the above categories as reasons for people coming for counselling are as wide and varied as people themselves. Whatever circumstance you find yourself in, my aim is to help you make sense of it and move forward with renewed purpose in your life. I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where healing and change can take place. Just call or email me and I will arrange to see you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling
I worked for over 25 years as a Registered General Nurse mainly in Community Nursing and Palliative Care. For 1.5 years I counselled carers who often struggled with the restrictions and responsibilities of their caring role, amongst other issues. I have been in private practice since June 2016 helping people with a wide range of difficulties, such as anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues and sexual abuse. I also hold a voluntary counselling position, one day a week and have been there since early 2017.
I am committed to my own professional development to give my clients the best service possible. Some of the additional training I have undertaken is listed below.
- ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- The fast trauma and phobia Cure also known as The Rewind Technique
- How to break the cycle of depression
- Living Life to the Full
- Working with survivors of sexual abuse
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Introduction to EMDR
- Scottish Mental Health First Aid
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£35 per one hour session
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID19 I AM NOW OFFERING VIDEO SESSIONS.