I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and the service that I offer. I am a fully-qualified counsellor with a Post -Graduate Diploma and have been working within a counselling environment for 20 years. I am a Registered member of the BACP the governing body for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I work within their ethical framework. The counselling that I provide is mainly Person Centered and it works by helping people to explore their feelings in regard to any issues they may have. The counselling is a confidential, respectful, empathic way of working which is non -judgmental and safe for the client.
As a private counsellor I work with people from all walks of life and who have many different kinds of problems. They sometimes suffer from anxiety and depression without knowing where it has comes from or what to do about it. Sometimes people can feel that their life is out of control and this can be very a very worrying and panicky time whatever trauma or issues they are trying to work through..
This in fact is often the trigger for people to seek counselling and it is through exploring these issues that people are able to verbalize and clarify their feelings and actions. I have worked very successfully with people with issues such low self esteem and low self worth which can affect their relationships with partners family and friends. This can often lead to depression, anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks and anger and in the case of abuse sometimes flashbacks, hypervigilance nightmares and others . I have also working with clients that self harm and have a poor body image and more recently I have been working with younger people with eating disorders and self esteem.
I also work very successfully with couples who come together to try and work out there differences in a more constructive environment. Whatever the outcome the couples talking about there needs and aspirations together with a third party can help to focus on certain issues that may be unresolved or hidden. This is not only important to the couple as a couple but also to the individuals as independent people.
I worked for 3 years in Aberdeen with youngsters presenting with different addictions such as drugs and alcohol and who have suffered from sexual abuse and domestic violence. I can see people from all over the country but my clients mainly come from the areas of Newark, Nottingham and Lincolnshire area. My sessions last 1 hour in which I provide a warm, reassuring and welcoming space for people to explore their concerns in a safe and protected environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully-qualified counsellor with over 18 years experience. I have a Diploma in Counselling skills and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and although I work in a Person-centred way I have knowledge and training in different styles of counselling such as C.B.T. T.A and Gestalt. I am a member of the BACP and work within the ethical framework set down by their governing body.
I have also received training in areas such as
Safeguarding Children and Young People
Dealing with ADHD and other learning difficulties.
E.M.I. Eye Movement Integration used in trauma based counselling.
A.B.C. Cruse Bereavement Awareness (Accd)
A.S.S.I.T (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Alcohol Awareness Training
G.G.B.A.T.C (Grampian Gender Based Abuse Training Consortium)
SAFE TO SAY (Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse)
I have had 12 years experience of working in a generic counselling service where I worked with relationship problems, family issues, employment problems and issues around bereavement. I helped to set up a counselling service in a rural location in Aberdeenshire and I spent 3 years working at the Foyer in Aberdeen/ Stonehaven with young people 16-25 who have suffered from homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency and mental, sexual and physical abuse .
I have since set up my own private counselling service and my private client base is very varied with people presenting from all walks of life and with all kinds of issues. I also volunteer one day a week at C.A.S.Y which is a counselling agency specifically designed for young people up to the age of 25.
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision and part of my work involves helping student with their training. This can incorporate such things as learning about the ethical issues governing the B.A.C.P and why the use of supervision in counselling is so important to theirs and their clients well-being. I have supervisees on a one to one basis in my private practice but I also work with other agencies providing supervision for their students and qualified counsellors,
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Counselling Sessions: £40 per session
Supervision Sessions: £50 per session
Reduced rates for Students and Senior Citizens.
Appointments varied . Evening and daytime sessions available.
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