Elena Bain PG Dip plus Gender & Sexual Diversities, Cert Supervision, MBACP reg
As long as I remember I have held a deep interest in human relationships and their ways of being. Once my youngest child started school I began my formal training in counselling and psychotherapy And have since volunteered at the Terence Higgins Trust, working with gender and sexually diverse clients, and this remains at the core of my work today. I took it upon myself to gain further knowledge in counselling gender and sexually diverse clients with Pink therapy in London with whom I am a clinical associate.
I have been privileged to volunteer as a staff and student and student counsellor at the University of Aberdeen and have also worked with adults and youths at Aberdeen Counselling and Information Service (ACIS) . As a volunteer at Cairns Counselling Service I saw both individuals and couples and was employed byMental Health Aberdeen (MHA) from 2014 to 2017 seeing both individuals and couples.
I also have a certificate in counselling supervision from the University of Strathclyde and I am one of the supervisors for the students on the person centred diploma course at the University of Aberdeen.
I now run a busy private practice from my home in central Aberdeen where I see individuals, small groups and couples
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - University of Aberdeen
Post Graduate Diploma in counselling Gender and Sexual Diversites - Pink Therapy, London
Certificate in Relationship Counselling for Gender and sexual diversities - Pink Therapy London
Certificate in Counselling Supervision - University of Strathclyde
Accredited Legal Commercial Mediator - London School of Mediation
Certificate in Coaching for Counsellors - Rowan Institute, Perth, Scotland
I previously volunteered at THT (Terence Higgins Trust), Cairns Counselling and ACIS (Aberdeen counselling and Information Service & completed there Training course and I was a staff and student counsellor at Aberdeen University.
my gender and sexually diverse clients have included:
- cross dressing
- gender fluid
- sexually fluid
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender and Sexual Diversity issues - including gender diverse and non binary people and those people who are maybe diagnosed with 'Gender Dysphoria' or 'Gender Incongruence'.
I am BDSM/Kink Knowledgeable
£40 per hourly session for individuals
£50 per hourly session for couples or £70 for a 90 minute session.
if it is appropriate I am willing to see you on a flexible basis e.g. fortnightly.
I am happy to conduct online counselling and supervision sessions