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About me

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 including addictions, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and feeling sad.  I 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.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My Website

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Photos & videos


Session rates are £40 per 1 hour session.

Further information

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. Telephone and video counselling.

Donald Ashburn Counselling
East Renfrewshire
G46 7DW

Southside Counselling
1 Clarkston Road
G44 4EF

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

My room is up a flight of stairs.


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

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Donald Ashburn PG Dip BSc (Hons) (MBACP)

Donald Ashburn PG Dip BSc (Hons) (MBACP)