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Douglas Stevenson BD (Hons), DipMin, DipHE, MCOSCA, MBACP

Cullen AB56 & Buckie AB56 07456750120 07456750120
Cullen AB56 & Buckie AB56
07456750120 07456750120

About me

UPDATE:

Like many therapists during this lockdown period, I have been unable to work with  clients face to face in a counselling room. I have therefore undertaken an eighty-hour continuous personal development training programme (CPD) which enables me to move my work to on-line and telephone counselling. This is not a substitute for face to face therapeutic work nor should it be deemed second rate, for both offer many, though possibly different, advantages. All on-line and telephone counselling is carried out in accordance with UK law legislation as well as abiding by the ethical standards and expectations of the professionals counselling bodies, BACP and COSCA.

I am excited about this new platform especially when I am no longer limited to working with clients from my own geographical area. I am therefore open to new enquiries and will be happy to discuss any queries which you might have.

Picking up the phone or sending an email/text to a counsellor can fill an individual with a certain amount of trepidation. Nevertheless it is often the first step to health and well-being and that decision could be a life changing and positive step for you. I'm especially conscious that during this pandemic many people have struggled with the isolation and limited movement. Therefore this may be a very apt time to seek help in dealing with any issues you have been struggling with.

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, anxiety, 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.

As  a person-centred therapist I will offer the space and understanding for you to explore your feelings in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

Our first session will involve some paperwork — even on-line! This may not be the most exciting thing but needs must — this will normally consist of a contract — 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, an information sheet and a risk assessment form. 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 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

Training, qualifications & experience

BD (Hons) in Theology and Ethics 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

Counsellor Member COSCA

Registered Member BACP

Volunteer Counsellor with Crossreach Counselling Services, Buckie

Therapist, Castle Craig, Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic

Volunteer Counsellor, Simpson House, Edinburgh

Member organisations

BACP

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.

COSCA

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

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.

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.

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

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Transactional analysis

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Fees

£30 per hour for Zoom/Telephone Counselling

£20 per hour for OAP's, students in full-time education, trainee counsellors, key workers or for those unemployed or on Income Support.

£40 for outdoor therapy (presently not available).

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

Update: Until such times as restrictions are lifted this type of therapy will not be on offer.

Outdoor Therapy

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

Ongoing Training

Currently doing research leading to a MScR/PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. I'm looking at the effects of shame exacerbated in the public domain from an auto-ethnography methodology.

Buckie
Moray
AB56

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Moray
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Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

I will contact you within 24 hours if you leave a text or email - and I will endeavour to make an appointment to see you within a week at a time which suits you best.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

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