Jane Shears

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Nairn IV12 & Inverness IV1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I have practiced counselling and psychotherapy for over five years throughout Scotland. I offer face to face, walk and talk, online and telephone therapy, which means more flexibility for you, especially if you live in a remote area of the Highlands and Islands or have mobility issues.

I believe that counselling is about providing a welcoming safe space, building a relationship where you feel truly listened to and where you feel valued for who you are.  I will support you with compassion and without judgement while we try to work out together where you want to go from here, and how best to do that.

To learn more about me go to: https://www.therowantree.org/about-me

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Equine Facilitated Wellness (Pro-EFW)
  • DipHE Counselling and Psychotherapy (COSCA)
  • Counselling People Towards Behaviour Change
  • Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Online and Telephone Counselling 80h course
  • Trauma Informed Training
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Music as Therapy
  • SVQ level 3 in Social Services and Healthcare

I have over five years experience counselling adults over 18 in private practice and as a volunteer with Addictions Counselling Inverness. I worked for seven years as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities. 

Member organisations

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Accredited Register Scheme

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Third culture kids/adults
  • Returning expats
  • Learning disabilities/autism
  • Chronic illness/chronic pain
  • Isolation and anxiety due to COVID pandemic
  • LGBTQ inclusive
  • Psicoterapia e counselling in lingua italiana

Photos & videos


£25.00 - £50.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

If you are looking for support you may be struggling in many areas of your life, including financially, so I like to keep my fees as low as possible. Please feel free to ask about concessions if you are in any of the categories above. Full fee for therapy sessions is £40, concessions £25.

Unfortunately I cannot offer discounts for Equine Assisted Therapy which cost £50 regardless, due to the extra costs and time involved. EAT is also limited to Nairn and immediate area. 

Fees are paid before each session by bank transfer, this also acts as confirmation of our appointment.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Other times can be arranged by mutual agreement. Equine Assisted Therapy can be offered on Fridays. 

Further information

What to expect: It’s difficult making the decision to start counselling, and it has to feel right for you. If you think you might be interested,  contact me by email and feel free to ask any questions you might have. We can agree on a time and day for a first therapy session, where we will explore in more depth what’s going on for you and what you expect or want from therapy. If, after the first session, you would like to continue, we can discuss when would work for both of us and I’ll send you some more information about how it all works.

How often will we meet? Counselling is not a ‘quick fix’ and although some people find that just a few one hour sessions are enough, others prefer a more long-term commitment. Many people find that weekly sessions are most useful, but everyone is different and we will explore what is best for you. We will have frequent reviews to talk about how you feel therapy is going for you, and see how you want to move forward.

How it works: The most important thing in therapy is building a strong, trusting professional relationship, where you can truly be yourself and talk openly with your therapist. Given the right conditions, profound insight and change can happen.

I work from a Person-Centred approach, so will not diagnose you, give you advice or prescribe medication, but I will be here for you fully, listen to what you have to say and try my best to understand what’s going on for you, from your perspective. I can help you see things from a different angle, offer you ideas and methods you might find useful, work with you on ways to build your self-esteem and resilience and together find tools to help you cope.

Counselling is above all a collaboration between two people, with your best interests at heart.

Nairn, Highland, IV12

Inverness, Highland, IV1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

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.

I rent a room in Inverness on the ground floor which is easily accessible if you are wheelchair user or have reduced mobility. I am in Inverness on Thursdays.

Additional languages


Online platforms

Google Meet
Jane Shears
Jane Shears