Colin Thomson

Colin Thomson

12 Maxwell Drive
East Kilbride
Glasgow
South Lanarkshire
G74 4HG

07984309972

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About me

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

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:
Suicidal Ideation
Grief and Loss
Depression
Bereavement
Anxiety
Rumination
Low Self-Esteem
Anger
Sexual Abuse
Physical Abuse
Stress
Self-Harm

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.

Qualifications

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)

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Therapies offered

Fees

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.

Further information

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

Glasgow, G74 4HG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Car parking space available

Availability

Currently I am available every Saturday from 9 AM - 2 PM

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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