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

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




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About me

Picking up the phone or sending an email/text to a counsellor can be one of the hardest things a person might do. 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 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 — not the most exciting thing but needs must — as well as explaining what therapy is and maybe more importantly what it isn't. 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


Accredited register membership

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

  • A walk on the beach


£20 per hour for students in full-time education or for those unemployed or on Income Support.

£30 per hour with a £30 deposit which will be returned at the end of therapy unless there is a cancellation without notification. I have a PayPal and an iZettle card reader if you find this a more convenient way of paying. This is for one to one therapy, in a counselling room.

£30 per hour for Skype/Zoom/Telephone.

£40 for outdoor therapy.

Further information

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.

Maps & Directions

Cullen, AB56

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


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
Older adults