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About me

What can you expect from me as your Counsellor?

I am ready to work with you on whatever you are facing just now. Confident, through experience and training, that as a result of our work together you will cope better, make changes in your life that you seek & become more of the person you want to be. Perhaps you feel unsure about who your ‘authentic self’ really is or feel you may not be enough? We will work at your pace and on what’s important to you, to help you get what you seek from of counselling. Most of all I am really looking forward to meeting you.

How will we work together?

Our sessions will last for up to 60 minutes each time and through our ongoing discussions we will work towards an agreed ending in the future. Together we will share our sense of progress, that we can measure based on your own definition of a successful outcome. I will work with you for as long as we both believe there is clear and tangible benefit for you in doing so, and we will use regular check-ins to monitor that. We can work at a frequency that works best for you and that might be weekly, fortnightly or every 3 weeks.

How will we know if it's making a difference?

There are a number of ways we can measure the effectiveness of counselling. One clear sign will be how you begin to integrate into your everyday life and relationships aspects of what we will work on together. Secondly we can use tried, tested and trusted (yet simple) measurement tools in the form of short questionnaires at a few different points between the first and last session we have together. Finally, we will regularly do quick check-ins to ensure that the benefits you seek are materialising.

What might the first consultation look and feel like?

Perhaps it is your first time, or maybe you have tried Counselling before and just know it helps. Whichever it is, I offer a free initial 20 minute session to talk about how I can help you and how we might work together. That conversation is without obligation of any kind and entirely confidential. Please also look at the video below where I explain what our first session together might be like.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling through the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. (2013-2015)

Open University/BACP Counselling Online: Coronavirus Primer (2021)

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills. (2012-2013)

I have 7 years of experience working as a counsellor. I work comfortably across all genders, life experiences, sexual orientation and ethnicities.

Working from my own premises, I follow all the guidelines on good practice as defined by the British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners, including Supervision, Continual Professional Development and following the BACP Ethical Framework.

I am fully insured with Professional and Public Liability insurance.

Member organisations


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.

Photos & videos


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My usual rate is £40 per session and I operate an approach of 'affordability'. If you can afford that fee that is what I would ask you to pay. I understand that each individual that comes for counselling has unique circumstances and needs, both in terms of their counselling issues and finances.

I would not wish money alone to be a barrier to accessing the counselling you need and will happily discuss affordability options with genuineness and transparency. That approach also applies to the listed concessions, and together we would agree a rate as no two sets of personal circumstances are ever exactly the same.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I can work flexibly. Please call or email me and we can discuss session dates and times that can work for you.

Further information

In this time of the COVID pandemic, it is safer for you and I to meet virtually using online tools such as Zoom or the ever reliable telephone.

I look forward to a time very soon when we can meet safely face-to-face in my dedicated counselling room in Wemyss Bay. In all instances, before we commence we will talk about your needs in relation to how we make these sessions work best for you, including how and when we do that. If meeting face to face is deemed as essential to your mental and physical health, we will agree that together through discussion and will ensure that we follow all Scottish Government guidelines on COVID to keep each other safe.

Wemyss Bay

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

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.

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Jan-Paul Van Dessel (MBACP)

Jan-Paul Van Dessel (MBACP)