Hi - I'm Dianne and I'm a person-centred counsellor, based in Houston, Renfrewshire.
I offer counselling to clients via telephone, Zoom or face to face, with evening and weekend appointments to suit working clients.
How can counselling help?
Counselling is a relationship between client and counsellor that is confidential, non-judgemental and, most importantly, focused on you. Unlike other well-meaning people in your life, I will not tell you what to do or bring my own feelings or issues into our work together. Often experiences from our past can intrude on our lives in the present and it is my role as a counsellor to be alongside you as you process these experiences.
How does it work?
I offer a free initial session, via Zoom or telephone, to allow the opportunity to discuss what you are seeking from counselling and to find out if I am the best person to work with you.
Subsequent sessions are usually then weekly, via Zoom, telephone or face to face, depending on the client's preference.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde and I previously undertook training in psychodynamic counselling.
I worked within services in Paisley and Greenock which offered low and no-cost counselling to clients between 2017 and 2020, gaining a great deal of experience across a broad range of issues. I have had my own private practice since 2020.
I bring experience from previous working and volunteering roles I have held. My experience working as a manager and as a Union representative in a large public sector organisation has informed my work supporting clients who are dealing with issues at work such as bullying and harassment.
I have worked and volunteered in a variety of different organisations, including ones working with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, working with vulnerable families and children, working within communities with high levels of poverty and unemployment and working within communities disproportionately impacted by environmental and public health issues.
I believe I have gained a strong understanding and empathy for many of the challenges that life can throw at us.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Clients are usually assigned a particular day and time for their sessions, however there is some flexibility for those who work shifts or irregular hours.
I am home-based, in a quiet, private space, for my Zoom and telephone work. I rent a space within a physiotherapy practice in Kilmacolm for my face to face work. This is also a quiet and discreet space, with parking nearby.
I work in a person-centred way, which means that I am led by what the client brings to the sessions. I will enable deeper exploration of issues, but the client is always in control of what they are prepared to speak about. I will also regularly review with the client whether they are finding the work helpful and anything I can do to tailor it better to their needs.
My work is also informed by psychodynamic and attachment theory - often what is troubling us in the present has connections to what has happened to us in the past and what relationship we have had with our primary caregivers.