Harriet Hay Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
If you are struggling with a specific problem such as a difficult relationship, illness or bereavement, or maybe you are experiencing confusing thoughts, anxiety and feelings that make you uncomfortable that you don’t completely understand? Counselling can help.
I believe that when choosing a counsellor, it is very important to find someone that you are comfortable talking to and whom you feel safe in trusting. The thought of sharing a problem with a stranger can be very daunting. We all have different personalities and ways of working, but provided you find the right person, it can be so much easier to share really difficult issues with someone who is not a member of your immediate family or one of your friends.
My aim is to provide warm and peaceful surroundings in which you can talk about anything you want to, however difficult. I will listen carefully and non-judgmentally, with respect in complete confidence. Together we may explore what is troubling you, and begin to find a way for you to reach your own decisions and make your own choices.
I run a private practice and see people from Perth, Stirling and the surrounding areas. I work as part of the Patient and Family Support Team for Strathcarron Hospice. I also support clients who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and their families and carers in a service for the Stirling Branch of the MS Society which covers Forth Valley.
My background is twenty five years as a nurse. While nursing, I became aware that at difficult times in their lives, and because there is such a strong connection between body and mind, what people needed as much as physical care was someone to talk to whom they could trust. I have an enduring interest in working with all sorts of health related issues and, in particular, with families and individuals coping with cancer, and other life limiting illness and disability.
Training, qualifications & experience
2006 Counselling Skills Course
2007 Further Certificate in Counselling
2006 Cruse Bereavement Counselling Skills Course
2009 Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (BACP Accredited course)
2015 Attended Couples Counselling Course
2015 Attended Supervision of Individual Counsellors Course.
2018 Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Work
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice which includes regular professional supervision and continuous professional development.
Experience with a general counselling agency
Experience as a Bereavement Support Counsellor
Experience counselling individuals, their families and carers dealing with Multiple Sclerosis
Background 25 years as a nurse specialising in critical care
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Problems arising for families who live and work with long periods of separation and heightened levels of risk for example members of the Armed Forces and their families, oil workers and divers and their families.
Feel free to ring up if you have any questions to ask me. The telephone number provided is a dedicated phone and one that only I will answer. It is safe to leave a message in confidence and I will return your call as soon as I am free.
If you think you would like to explore the possibility of working with me, the first step would be to have a brief telephone call to make sure you are happy with the arrangements and to ensure that my service is appropriate for you.
Fees for individual sessions are £40 per 60 mins for individuals, and £50 per 60 mins for couples.
Student counsellors are welcome; please enquire about price concessions.
Telephone sessions can be arranged after the initial session if required.
My practice is in a quiet road just outside Auchterarder. I am also able to offer appointments in a quiet room at Bridge of Allan Parish Church which is useful for people from Stirling and the surrounding areas.
There is off street parking available at both sites.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer weekday and some evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|