Hello, my name is Colin and thank you for taking the time to view my profile.
I am a person-centred counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working in accordance within its Code of Ethics.
As a middle-aged man who has lived in the Greater Glasgow area for 58 years, my life experience gives me a special insight into the problems that many people face in their daily life.
Growing up I was rarely encouraged to talk of my emotions, and it is only over the last few years that I have appreciated how empowering it was for me to share my own thoughts and vulnerabilities, and understand how counselling can be beneficial and lead to change.
The five years I spent as a volunteer and mentor with The Samaritans was life-changing for me, and the time spent there along with my own experience of being in therapy has helped me cope with my own anxiety and grief-related issues.
Therapy and Counselling
The relationship between therapist and client is the bedrock of the person-centred approach and as your therapist I aim to help you find clarity and a way forward at your own pace.
In our relationship I will be open, honest and listen to you with empathy and without judgement, offering a confidential and safe environment to help our relationship flourish.
I also appreciate that seeking help can be a challenge and that to take the first step and arrange a therapy session takes courage.
However, if you feel ready to take the first step or if you just wish to know a little more about me before you decide, I welcome your enquiry.
Training, qualifications & experience
My counselling experience has been gained by working with clients aged between 16 - 70 at various organisations including a Further Education College in Glasgow, and also in the third sector with Stepping Stones (Glasgow) and The Wynd (Paisley).
Some of the areas I have covered include:
Grief and Loss
Prior to joining the counselling profession I was a listening volunteer, mentor and trainer with The Samaritans in Glasgow for many years. There I learned how the act of listening could help and support people suffering from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Persona Development and Training/University of Aberdeen)
COSCA Counselling Skills Course (University of Strathclyde)
Introduction to Counselling (Glasgow College)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initially, I offer a free telephone consultation to discuss your concerns and what may be appropriate for your needs.
Should you decide to attend therapy each session will last one hour with a fee of £40 per session.
If you have to cancel for any reason there will be no charge made if the session is cancelled with at least 48 hours notice.
Currently, I work as a school counsellor at a comprehensive school and also in private practice where I am based in East Kilbride.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently I am available every Saturday from 9 AM - 2 PM
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|