Dougie Boyd: anxiety, trauma and depression counsellor
My name is Dougie and I am a person-centred, BACP registered counsellor working face to face in Whitstable. I have experience of working with clients with a range of issues and specialise in anxiety, trauma and depression. I work in private practice and for a specialist trauma agency in addition to working for a national young people’s charity. I believe everyone has the capacity to grow and flourish – to create a life that is worth living. I will work at your pace, giving you time and space to understand and articulate what is important for you.
What to expect
Picking a counsellor can be a daunting experience and knowing what to expect often makes taking that first step and sending the initial enquiry easier. Our first session will last around 50 minutes. This will be a chance for me to listen to you and understand some of the reasons you have come to counselling and then for you to “size me up” and consider if I am the sort of counsellor that you think you could work with. At the end of this session, you will have some time to consider if we are the right fit.
If so, our sessions will mostly likely be weekly after that (but different patterns can be discussed) and will last between 50 minutes and 1 hour. We would normally agree to work together for 8 sessions initially and then can extend according to your needs. I am comfortable in working in short and long timeframes.
I enjoy being a counsellor; it’s difficult work but I take it seriously and take immense pleasure from supporting people. I know that life can be difficult and can push us to the very limits of our capabilities, making us feel lost, stuck or helpless and it’s in those moments where everything feels very bleak that my type of counselling – supportive, yet challenging – seems to have benefitted my clients. My clients matter to me and their journey matters to me. I am patient and understanding; I understand that some people take longer than others and some people need a lot of time to build trust in their counsellor. None of these things worry me – my focus will be on you and we will move at your pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally trained as a teacher and worked in secondary schools for 16 years before moving to the charity sector. I work for a national charity providing health and wellbeing support to young people alongside my private practice.
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited course).
I hold an Enhanced DBS check.
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
I have flexible availability and can work with clients in the evenings and on Saturdays.