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MCOSCA, MBACP

About me

If you are on a counselling site I'm assuming it’s because you need help with a specific situation/problem in your life or you have concerns regarding the well-being of someone else. As there are a lot of therapists in the country where do you begin? How do you know which individual is the right one for you, especially when we all sound very similar — good listener, empathetic and understanding (which of course all good counsellors should be).

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 — nevertheless, 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 when we're still living with the consequences of Covid and generally many are still struggling with managing their finances. Lower prices does not mean inferior service — far from it. I'm here because I want to help if I can.

Thirdly I've had many years experience working with people from varied backgrounds as well as different belief systems/moral codes — some have a guiding higher power, whilst many do not. We start with where you are and you will be taken seriously. 

If you do decide to work with another counsellor, good luck in your search and I wish you well in your journey. 

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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 acutely aware that life can throw up a variety of unexpected hurdles which can hinder growth, development and ultimately 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 — whether on-line or face to face.  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 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

About to complete a COSCA certificate in Clinical Counselling Supervision

Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Certificate in Couple Counselling

Counsellor Member COSCA

Registered Member BACP

Volunteer Counsellor with Crossreach Counselling Services, Buckie

External examiner at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in the MSc programme of Human Relations and Counselling Course

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Previous experience:

Tutor in Language and Communication in Health and Society at the University of Edinburgh, School of Health in Social Science.

Therapist, Castle Craig, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic

Volunteer Counsellor, Simpson House, Edinburgh

Member organisations

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Photos & videos

Fees

From £25.00 to £70.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 per hour for individual online zoom/telephone counselling from 9.00am — last appointment 4.30pm. Monday to Thursday.

£40 per hour for individual online zoom/telephone counselling from 9.00am — last appointment 10.30am. Friday only.

​£50 per hour for individual online zoom/telephone counselling from 5.30pm — last appointment 7.00pm. Monday and Tuesday evenings only.

£50 per hour for individual online zoom/telephone counselling on Saturday mornings from 9.00am — last appointment 10.30am.

​£70 per hour for relationship/couple online zoom/telephone counselling. Sessions held outwith normal working hours will be discussed with the clients beforehand.

£25 per hour for online zoom/telephone counselling for those unemployed, students in full-time education and trainee counsellors. Monday — Thursday only. 

£50 per hour for outdoor therapy — normally in Buckie/Elgin areas but currently not available.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

If you leave a text or email I will contact you within 24 hours.  If it's possible I will endeavour to make an appointment to see you within a week at a time which suits you best.

Further information

Outdoor Therapy

I am conscious that the counselling room does not 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 £50.

Cullen, Moray, AB56

Buckie, Moray, AB56

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Online platforms

Zoom

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