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About me

Reaching your limit?  Feeling stuck?  Under pressure?  Feeling down? Anxious?

I work from a comfortable counselling room, 'The Gateway' where I provide a warm, safe and confidential space to allow people to talk openly about their difficulties and concerns. You would be welcomed into a  non-judgemental environment where you can explore your issues and talk as freely as you wish without pressure or prejudice.  I will try to help you gain a clearer perspective of your situation and support you throughout as you come to your own decisions about what is right for you.

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, I am offering telephone counselling and online counselling through Zoom.

I always desire to bring openness and sensitivity to my counselling work as I support people to confront difficult issues and situations. I use an integrative approach and draw on the mainstream models of counselling. I believe that my own life experience and background has helped me to sustain a compassionate and straightforward approach to therapy.

I have 15 years experience in working with people in a wide range of issues, and I work in both short and long time frames. For some people, very few sessions are sufficient and for others, a longer time is more appropriate. I usually see clients weekly, but this is decided together with each person.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Queen Margaret College University, Edinburgh and an MSc in Counselling from Abertay University, Dundee.

I am a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work under their strong Code of Ethics.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cross-cultural issues, difficulties surrounding sight problems and hearing difficulties.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Additional information

The first (introductory) session is £25.

I then charge £40 per session - appointments usually last 1 hour.

Concession rates are often available.

Availability

Daytime and evening appointments are available - Monday to Saturday.

Inverness
Highland
IV1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Languages offered

Urdu

Cindy Skinner, Msc Counselling, MBACP

Cindy Skinner, Msc Counselling, MBACP