Harriet Hay

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, PH15
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

The pandemic has made things harder for everyone - if you have been bereaved, or your anxiety is worse, or your relationships have become strained, or long Covid has changed what you can do -  Counselling can help. 

036619_logo.jpgI believe that when choosing a counsellor, it is very important to find someone that you are comfortable talking to and who you feel safe in trusting.  The thought of sharing a problem with a stranger can be very daunting - even this might feel harder remotely.  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.

While I am unable to see you face to face (due to Covid restrictions), my aim is to make a telephone call or working online feel as close to the experience of a face to face session as I possibly can.  Video calls might seem off putting, but it can help you feel as though you are actually in a room talking to me. I will listen carefully and non-judgmentally, with respect in complete confidence. Together we can 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 - working on the telephone or online, means I can work with people all over the country.  I have fifteen years of extensive counselling experience, in particular working with people whose lives have been turned upside down by the loss of someone precious.

My background is twenty five years as a nurse.  While nursing, I became aware that the strong connection between body and mind affects everything.  It seemed that what people needed as much as physical care was someone who had time to talk in safety and confidence. 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. I support clients who are affected by neurological disorders and their families and carers for the charity Neuro Central in central Scotland.

I adhere to the new General Data Protection Regulations (2018), which protects your privacy and rights to confidentiality.  Full details of my privacy policy can be found on my website.

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 Supervision of Individual Counsellors Course CPD.

2018 Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Work (SCQF Level 11)
2019 Certificate in Clinical Supervision

2019 Certificate in Person Centred Couple Therapy

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 counselling people who have experienced a bereavement.
Experience counselling individuals, their families and carers dealing with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological disorders

Background 25 years as a nurse specialising in critical care

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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, and within 48 hours.

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 £50 per 50 mins for individuals, and £60 per 50 mins for couples.

Trainee counsellors are welcome; please enquire about price concessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer weekday and some evening appointments.

Further information

Due to the pandemic I am offering telephone and online counselling while I am unable to offer face to face sessions

Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross, PH15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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



Do you need a supervisor - an experienced counsellor who is interested in you as a person and a therapist and how you could develop your practice?

View supervision profile

Harriet Hay
Harriet Hay