Douglas Stevenson BD, MScR, DipMin, DipHE (CounsPsych), MCOSCA, MBACP
I'm guessing you are here, not because you're at a loose end and you've stumbled across a variety of therapists who all sound very similar — good listener, empathetic and understanding (which of course all good counsellors should be) — but because you want help as well as move on with your life. I get that. If you want some lavender plants, you'd visit a garden centre; if you require two tins of tomatoes you'd pop along to the supermarket or if it's a suit you're after then the best place is somewhere which sells clothes, preferably in your size.
You're here and you're looking for a therapist. I can't say that I am better than others who are advertising their services but I've had lots of life experiences — some good some bad — BUT I'm aware that my stuff will be different from your stuff even if it's similar. You are the important one and it's your story that will be taken seriously and listened to — (good listener) — see above.
Secondly I am passionate about people's well being. I'm heartened that daily struggles are being discussed more openly than ever before especially when a third of the population will battle with their own mental health at some point (actually I think this figure is higher but you get the gist). Therefore I aim to keep my prices as low as possible especially with Covid-19 and people finding it harder to budget. Lower prices does not mean inferior service — far from it. I'm here because I want to help if I can.
Thirdly (and I'll stop here or you might start yawning — maybe you have?) I've had many years experience as counsellor both working with clients face to face as well as online. I completed an online counselling and telephone course at the beginning of the pandemic and have seen a variety of clients using this medium. Apart from a few glitches it works remarkable well.
You can stop reading now because you're either thinking I might try this guy or scroll down to someone else — if you are still at a loose end I'll add the last wee bit. Whatever you decide to do good luck in your search and I hope you find a way forward.
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I have worked for over thirty years in various communities engaging with and learning from many diverse and unique individuals. I am therefore very conscious that life can throw up a variety of unexpected hurdles which hinder our growth, development and ultimately our happiness. I have counselled individuals who have suffered from generalised anxiety disorder, panic attacks, addictions, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, bereavement, traumas, paranoia, anger management, depression — indeed the list is endless — but I like to think that the vast majority have been able to move on from their initial state.
Our first session will involve some paperwork — yes even on-line. This may not be the most exciting thing (it isn't) but needs must — this will normally consist of a contract — basically what I can offer and what you would expect from me as your therapist, as well as your responsibilities as a prospective client. Other documents will include a GDPR consent form, CORE 34 psychological assessment form, and an information sheet. These documents will be explained in detail so that you will fully understand all procedures before we officially begin our work together.
You are not contracted to a set amount of sessions — in consultation with myself you will decide how many or how few you feel you may need. Remember counselling is not a sprint or marathon, it is a process whereby you begin to discover your worth and importance without feeling the need to do what other people expect you to do.
We'll talk about trust, confidentiality, acceptance and hopefully — at some point — you'll soon realise that taking that first step was a positive one.
Other points of interest:
1. I work in accordance with COSCA (Scotland's professional body for counselling and psychotherapy) Ethics and Code of Practice.
2.1. I work in accordance with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Ethics and Code of Practice.
3. I am fully insured with Holistic Services Insurance.
4. I am a Counselling member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and a registered member BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
5. I attend regular supervision with a BACP and COSCA accredited supervisor to ensure my practise is ethical and to the highest standard.
6. I am on the PVG scheme with Disclosure Scotland
I'll stop here . . .
Training, qualifications & experience
BD (Hons) in Theology and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh
MScR in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Edinburgh
Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry from the University of Edinburgh
Diploma in Higher Education from Moray College, UHI, in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate, Modules 1 – 4, University of the Highlands and Islands
Certificate in Transactional Analysis
Certificate in Couple Counselling
Counsellor Member COSCA
Registered Member BACP
Tutor in Language and Communication in Health and Society at the University of Edinburgh, School of Health in Social Science.
Volunteer Counsellor with Crossreach Counselling Services, Buckie
Therapist, Castle Craig, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic
Volunteer Counsellor, Simpson House, Edinburgh
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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Perinatal Practitioner Training
Fifth Step listener with AA (12 steps)
Minnesota training in Drug and Alcohol Dependency
Bereavement and Loss
£30 per hour for Zoom/Telephone Counselling
£20 per hour for OAP's, students in full-time education, trainee counsellors, those unemployed or on Income Support.
£40 for outdoor therapy (currently not available).
Concessions offered for
For all new clients: From now until the end of November I will offer a free initial assessment session. There will be no obligation to contract to any future sessions it will simply be an opportunity to see if counselling is something for you.
Update: Until such times as restrictions are lifted this type of therapy will not be on offer.
I am conscious that the counselling room doesn't appeal to everyone. I am happy to spend an hour — or up to an an hour — walking, listening and interacting with you outdoors. This is sometimes known as outdoor behavioural healthcare or wilderness therapy. However I do not envisage heading into the mountains but rather a gentle stroll round Cooper Park in Elgin or one of the coastal paths in Buckie. This could either supplement the face to face therapy, or stand alone possibly acting as an introduction to counselling especially following our first session. This service would cost £40
Currently writing academic papers on auto-ethnography methodology for qualitative research.