Deirdre Ryan-Glass DipHe Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
As a trained Person Centred Therapist, I offer counselling as someone who has an understanding of being both a client as a requirement of training and as a professionally qualified individual that can be alongside you in your process.
You matter. Every individual matters and at some point in life, everyone needs time, space and a kind ear to help figure things out. It is important to do this as humans, to be supported when needed, to learn self care and develop inner resilience in order to meet life with aliveness and meaning.
How does counselling help?
I know from direct personal experience and from holding clients as a professional counsellor, the relief that comes in knowing that you are not alone, that there is nothing that cannot be spoken. The benefit of sharing your situation with someone non-judgemental, feeling understood, received, accepted and listened to without reaction is one of the most restorative aspects of the counselling process. This is the response that is needed to heal trauma.
How does counselling actually work?
Counselling is not just about coping and managing symptoms, it is about co-regulation; experiencing safety in relationship with another, in this context-the therapist/counsellor. Counselling offers this experience of safety, feeling accepted and free of judgement which supports our nervous system to down regulate from stressful and anxious states (trauma response). Feeling safe is key to treating trauma, difficult feelings and emotions. This in turn enables the individual to deal with symptoms, experiences and conditions such as depression or anxiety.
The Experience of a safe space and being fully heard:
Experiencing safety, empathy, acceptance and trust has a profound affect in terms of helping us to repair our lives. Such safety enables us to re-wire our nervous systems and tackle issues such as anxiety and depression. We can begin to notice the unconscious defence strategies we developed in response to trauma, neglect, adversity and other life challenges which can cause further suffering. Examples being self harm, witholding or ignoring strong emotions, avoidance of situations we percieve as challenging. All of which diminish our quality of life. Counselling can offer a life line towards positive change.
Embarking on the counselling journey is an act of self compassion that ultimately frees you up to be you, to move beyond survival to thrival and to live a meaningful and productive life.
My promise as your therapist
As a qualified therapist, my promise is to hold your story with compassion, awareness and kindness and treat you with respect using the skills and insight required to support you to find your own answers as an individual. I am here to remind you of your infinite worth, to keep you aware of your unique potential and your ability to overcome.
How I operate:
I work face to face in accordance to Covid regulations, offer Walk and Talk therapy outdoors, phone and online sessions. During our first session, I will check in with you around agreements that offer confidentiality and safety for your counselling process. After an agreed period we can check in again as to how the counselling relationship is working for you and review how things are going. If you need additional support, I will recommend this. Please get in touch via email, text or phone to schedule an appointment and see if I can be of support.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Dip He Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Graduate Certificate in Psychosynthesis (foundation in transpersonal psychotherapy)
- Certificate training in Pathways:Shadow work and characterlogical defences
- Mental Health first aid trained
- Outdoor First-aid trained
- Forest school Practitioner facilitation of age 5 to 80+ in outdoor nature based well being and learning programmes
- BA Sociology and PGCE Education
Over the past decade working as an environmental educator, I have been delivering educational and well-being programmes to all ages and stages of life in the natural environment. It has been a real joy to combine this work with my training as a person centred counsellor to facilitate change and recovery from life's challenges. As a 1:1 counsellor it has been a privilege to work with clients as they break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. I work in a person centred way to help those who are in distress, to gain clarity and perspective as they navigate their way through difficulties. I have successfully supported individuals suffering from the following;
- anxiety and panic
- chronic medical issues
- borderline personality disorder
- self harm
- suicide attempts
- relationship breakdown
- bereavement and loss
- issues relating to neurodiversity such as ADHD, Autism and brain injury
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Walk and Talk outdoor talk therapy
Concessions offered for
- £40 for 60 min session
- sliding scale for low waged/non-waged individuals
- Unattended sessions or sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will need to be paid by the client.
- Sessions can be pre-paid in blocks by bacs or on the day of each session.
Week days 9:30- 3p.m and on special request evenings/ weekends be possible
Sessions can be tailored according to your needs....Walk and Talk outdoors, mix and match with some sessions indoors over the phone or online. I am happy to work with you, in the way that works best for you. Trainees are offered a free first session in support of their learning process.