Gwen McKerrell

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BA Pg Dip Counselling COSCA Cert (MBACP) Life Coach Trained
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Kilmacolm PA13 & Bridge of Weir PA11
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

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 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

I look forward to hearing from you.

How I can help

I have helped clients with a range of issues including,


affairs and betrayals

anger management



bereavement and grief


career issues



eating disorders

family issues

life coaching


low self-confidence

low self-esteem


personal development

procrastination and goal setting


relationship issues

self harm

separation and divorce

social media pressures



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

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life Coaching


Personal Development

Photos & videos


£20.00 - £40.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fees are £40 per hour for individual sessions.  However I am happy to lower my fees to £20.00 per session for online or telephone counselling if you would struggle to pay £40.00.

When I work

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

Further information

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

Warm regards,


St Fillans Church, Moss Road, Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, PA13 4AH

Thrive Health and Wellbeing, 7 Castle Terrace, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, PA11 3EF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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


Gwen McKerrell
Gwen McKerrell