My name is Debbie and I am a qualified and insured Person-centred counsellor.
I have always been drawn towards helping people and in my past career, I worked in the care sector for 28 years, supporting children and adults with complex needs and mental health relating issues. As a result of this, I decided to go back to university and I gained my MSc/PG Diploma in Person-centred counselling.
As a person-centred counsellor, I fully accept my clients for who they are. I highly believe in showing understanding and being open and honest with a non-judgemental approach - whilst being fully integrated into the relationship with my client. I do not direct my clients and tell them what to do, but instead, I prefer to explore options together and encourage them to share whatever they feel comfortable with at their own pace.
I feel that a client should be empowered and given the choice to decide for themselves what suits their needs best. With that in mind, I do not offer a client a set number of sessions but instead allow them the flexibility and freedom to choose weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions and additional sessions if they should need them after our sessions have come to an ending.
I offer a safe and secure confidential environment for my clients and sessions can be conducted through phone, video, face to face or outdoors walking and talking therapy.
Over the past year, I have been working from home, like so many others, which has been difficult for us all. The most important aspect for me during the pandemic, has been to reach out to the many individuals whose mental health and wellbeing has been impacted during this time. I began to reflect on how fortunate I am to live on a farm, how beneficial the open space has been and how those who could not access the countryside during lockdown must feel. As a result of this, I am now offering walking and talking therapy around my farm. The therapy aims to support clients to participate in experiencing a connection to the animals; to be closer to nature; to be surrounded by an open space and having this unique experience in a relaxing, peaceful and quiet setting. I strongly believe being outdoors is therapy by itself and does play a big part towards our mental health and wellbeing. If you choose this as an alternative therapy, and you are interested in learning more about the ecotherapy I offer, please do get in touch with me by email.
I do not charge a fee for the initial consultation as I believe in exploring the issues the client wishes to share and then let them decide if person-centred counselling is the right path for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Health and Social Care (Open University)
- Diploma in Heath and Social Welfare (Open University)
- SVQ Community Justice: Work With Offending Behaviour Level 3
- SVQ Registered Manager in Health and Social Care Level 4
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Level 1-4 (University of Aberdeen)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling with commendation (University of Aberdeen)
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
- NHS Grampian Health Scotland Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- High Speed Training ADHD Awareness
- Workplace First Aid
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- Introduction to Safeguarding Children Level 1
- GDPR Training
- Managing Self Harming Behaviour
- Relation Depth
- Understanding Anxiety
- Pets in Practice
- Supervision as Spiritual Practice
- Counselling Suicidal Clients
- Mindfulness Skills
- Self Care
- The Development of the Psychotherapeutic Relationship in an online setting
- Using Trauma-Informed Counselling Techniques
- Ecotherapy for Anxiety
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Initial Consultation: No Charge
Price Per session: £50.00 but concessions offered
I have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Should you cancel within less than 48 hours' notice agreed, or fail to attend your appointment, the full session fee will be charged.
If a client decided they wish to continue sessions with me after the initial consultation, I will arrange with the client the best time and day which suits them.
I am a volunteer counsellor for Aberdeen Foyer and I am also a member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland); ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online); Aberdeen Counselling Forum. Registered with the Information Commissions Office.