Donald Ashburn PG Dip BSc (Hons) (MBACP)
I am a Person-centred counsellor with my own private practice in Orchard Park, Thornliebank, on the Southside of Glasgow. I also work at Southside Counselling in Cathcart, where I have a room on Wednesday afternoons (see address). I work with a wide range of clients issues, and offer you a safe and confidential space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and concerns. These explorations take courage and it can be scary for people to ask for help at the time when they need it the most. Thoughts and feelings directly impact on your mood and ability to cope with life, so talking through these feelings can help you to deal with your distress and encourage positive change.
I have a speciality in counselling people who may be experiencing addiction, in particular with alcohol and cocaine. I have worked as a therapist in one of the most successful and prestigious addiction rehabilitation hospitals in Europe. I'm also a part-time counselling lecturer at a Glasgow college where I deliver courses on how counsellors can work with addictions. Addiction is not 'self-inflicted' or a 'moral weakness' it is a debilitating illness. Counselling is very effective in managing both substance (alcohol, drugs etc) and behavioural (gambling or shopping, for example) addictions and can be life-changing.
My counselling practice offers you a place where you can feel fully accepted, respected and supported in a safe, non-judgemental way. I offer this supporting environment in my calm and peaceful counselling room within my home (see photographs below), where there is ample car parking directly outside. When you first contact me I will do my best to put you at your ease and we'll arrange a first session.
Counselling sessions will be 1 hour duration. In the first full session we'll go through a short, 1 page contracting form, which we'll both agree and sign. The contract covers issues such as your safety and confidentiality. The time is yours to explore any issues that you feel are causing you distress. We will regularly review progress so you have a sense of whether you're getting what you need from the sessions. This will also help us to decide when is the best time to end counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post-graduate Diploma in Person-centred Counselling (University of Strathclyde).
Certificate in Person-centred Counselling (University of Strathclyde).
BSc (Hons, 1st Class) University of Dundee.
I'm very experienced in working with people who have issues with addiction. With addiction comes fear, anxiety, low self-esteem and an inexplicable feeling of 'emptiness'. I will work with you in a way that gives you the understanding and space to look at these feeling alongside the usual chaos that comes with active addiction.
I also have experience of working with people who are feeling actively suicidal, have previously attempted suicide or who are having suicidal thoughts. My experience is that clients who are feeling suicidal are not necessarily depressed, as is the general assumption, but can be feeling trapped or isolated in their lives. I also work with clients who are experiencing loss or bereavement.
I'm a part-time Counselling Lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College where I help students in their own journey towards becoming counsellors.
I also work with any of the issues shown below, which we can discuss during our first contact.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Click on my Website above to access information pages which cover specific issues clients bring to counselling, such as addiction, anxiety, bereavement and depression. I've also started a blog on my Website, where I plan to write regular articles that will be of interest to my clients.
Photos & videos
Session rates are £40 per 1 hour session.
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Person Centred, Addiction Group Facilitation.
Clients I work with
Adults, Older Adults, Young persons, Organisations. I welcome diversity and make no discrimination whatsoever.
How I deliver therapy
Short-term face-to-face work, Long-term face-to-face work, Group facilitation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My availability is flexible so please contact me to discuss appointment times. I always have sessions available within a week of first contact.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|