Cindy Skinner

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Msc Counselling, MBACP
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Inverness, Highland, IV1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

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, in addition to face-to-face counselling, I am also offering telephone appointments 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

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


£40.00 per session

Additional information

The first (introductory) session is £25.

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

Concession rates are often available.

When I work

Daytime and evening appointments are available - Monday to Saturday.

Inverness, Highland, IV1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Additional languages


Cindy Skinner
Cindy Skinner