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Gwen McKerrell BA Pg Dip Counselling COSCA Cert (MBACP) Life Coach Trained

Kilmacolm PA13 & Glasgow G67
07837 110504 07837 110504
Kilmacolm PA13 & Glasgow G67

About me

Hi my name is Gwen and I’d like to welcome you to my counselling page.

Are you being bullied by your boss or colleagues. In our current lockdown situation, relationships can change and become more strained than usual.

Have you ever found yourself thinking any of the following:-

What did I do to deserve being bullied?

Why do I get bullied and others don’t?

Am I really as incompetent as the bully keeps telling me?

I can’t trust my judgement anymore.

It’s taking over my life – I’m struggling to concentrate at work and at home.

I can’t go on like this but I can’t afford to leave my job.

How can I stop it happening now and in the future?

Bullying can cost you everything – your career, livelihood, relationships and your health.

I can help you building a brighter, bully-free future. Together we will look at:-

How bullying can sabotage your career and life

Learn why bullying happens – and why it happened to you.

Strategies to combat bullying

Symptoms and effects of bullying and how to recover and regain your life

Emotional Healing and Recovery from the effects of bullying

Learning the character traits of a bully and a victim to make it less likely that you will become a victim

Overcoming guilt

Improving self-esteem and self-confidence

Learning how to handle criticism effectively

Learning assertive behaviours

Using different responses to the bully designed to reduce their bullying behaviours

I have experience in using these mix of techniques to help people like you conquer their challenges and beat bullying forever.

Online or Telephone Working

Due to the current situation, we can work online using a platform such as Skype or by telephone.

Here are just a few benefits of working online:-

·       Flexibility:- It’s easy to fit around other commitments.  We can connect, make and change your appointment time at short notice.

·       Travel:- No travel is needed to and from a session, saving you time and the cost of transport.

·       Time:- Being at your laptop, phone or tablet means that we can meet and then you can immediately continue where you left off, perhaps enabling you to implement strategies immediately.

·       Confidentiality:- You can take a tablet or phone to a location of your choosing eg your car to ensure you are not overheard.

·       Price:- If you are currently struggling financially, online counselling allows me to offer a reduced price of just £20.00 per session.

·       Experience:- I am experienced in using a number of online platforms and can assist you in setting up at no extra cost.

At a time when we have restrictions on what we do and everything seems overwhelming, online counselling could be the only opportunity to access help.

Here’s some information about me:-

Are you being bullied at work? Have you ever found yourself thinking any of the following:-

What did I do to deserve being bullied? Why do I get bullied and others don’t? Am I really as incompetent as people keep telling me? How can I stop it happening now and in the future? Those were the same questions I once asked myself when this was happening to me. I swung from anger to anxiety and depression. I had no way of knowing how to get out of the situation. I blamed myself, lost my self-confidence and my ability to trust others. I dreaded going to work every day. It took over my life as I struggled to concentrate at work and at home. I also felt ashamed and worried that no one would believe me or that they would take the side of those who were hurting me. My relationships were suffering and I realised that I can’t go on like this but I can’t afford to leave my job.

I realised that I had to do something before I reached a crisis such as losing my job. That’s when I decided to seek help.

I was so glad I did. I developed depths of self-confidence and self-esteem that I never thought possible. I recognised that I was being bullied at work and I started to heal emotionally from the effects of it. I learned the character traits of a bully and a victim and how to use assertive behaviours which has helped me avoid it happening again.

I went back to work with increased self-esteem and an understanding that I was not to blame for the behaviour of others. I used assertive behaviours including different responses designed to reduce the impact of the situation. I found strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety and as I did so, I started to feel more content in my job and with that, my work and personal relationships started to improve.

I’ve never looked back and now live a more confident, happy life.

So much so that I wanted to use what I learned to help others in the same way that I was helped. My increased self-confidence helped me to make the career change from boardroom to counselling room where I now help people like you deal with these difficult behaviours for good and lead more fulfilled and happy working lives.

Bullying can cost you everything – your career, livelihood, relationships and your health. You can have a future without it and I can show you how.

I’m qualified to Postgraduate Level in Counselling, registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and governed by their professional Code of Practice and Ethical Framework. Within my practice, I also offer Coaching, having completed coaching and mentoring training specifically for counsellors.

I have further training in mindfulness.

Your therapy sessions

I work out of comfortable rooms within welcoming premises located in Kilmacolm and Cumbernauld.

I also offer online and telephone counselling from the comfort of your own home.

Therapy sessions last one hour and cost £40.00.  Depending on your issues, you may only need a few sessions, while some clients come for a year or more.

The best way to contact me to find out more is to e-mail me on gwenmck@hotmail.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.

How I can help

I have helped clients with a range of issues including,

abuse

affairs and betrayals

anger management

anxiety

assertiveness

bereavement and grief

bullying

career issues

depression

discrimination

eating disorders

family issues

life coaching

loneliness

low self-confidence

low self-esteem

mindfulness

personal development

procrastination and goal setting

redundancy

relationship issues

self harm

separation and divorce

social media pressures

stress

trauma

work pressures/work related stress

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

Strathclyde University Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
Glasgow University COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
NHS Mental Health First Aid Training
Glasgow’s Learning – Introduction to Dyslexia
The Mindfulness Association – Mindfulness Foundation Course
Greenwood Events – Coaching Skills for Counsellors – The Centre for Therapy, Glasgow
The Princes Trust – Mentoring Training
Scottish Families Affected by Drugs - Advice Worker Training
Jack Black’s Mindstore  - Personal Effectiveness in the Workplace
Citizen’s Advice Bureau - Welfare Benefits and Case Management Training

Work Experience

Counselling as a Private Practitioner working out of offices in various locations across West Central Scotland.

Running a community arts project in Paisley

Volunteer Counsellor in a Paisley counselling service
Facilitating Career Development workshops with The Princes Trust
Group Facilitator with Recovery Across Mental Health
Advice worker with Carers Centre, Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs, Victim Support and the Citizens Advice Bureau

I have also worked as a Girls Brigade Officer and as an Information Worker with Inverclyde Council and a Greenock Community Resource Centre

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life Coaching

Mentoring

Personal Development

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

My fees are £40 per hour for individual sessions.  However if you are struggling in the current situation, I can lower my fees to £20.00 per session for online or telephone counselling.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

Further information

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I look forward to meeting you.

Warm regards,

Gwen.

Carron House
Carron Way
Cumbernauld
Glasgow
North Lanarkshire
G67 1ER

St Fillans Church
Moss Road
Kilmacolm
Inverclyde
PA13 4AH

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

We can work online using a platform such as Skype or by telephone. I am experienced in this and can assist you to set up if needed.

Availability

I have availability all week - daytime, evenings and weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Gwen McKerrell BA Pg Dip Counselling COSCA Cert (MBACP) Life Coach Trained

Gwen McKerrell BA Pg Dip Counselling COSCA Cert (MBACP) Life Coach Trained