About me

I have practiced counselling and psychotherapy for four years in Inverness, Nairn, Fort William and Elgin. Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, when I had to start shielding, I have been offering online and telephone therapy, which means more safety, availability and flexibility for you, especially if you live in a remote area of the Highlands.

I believe that counselling is about providing a warm, safe space, building a relationship where you feel truly listened to, and where you feel valued for who you are.  I will sit with you and 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

  • DipHE Counselling and Psychotherapy (COSCA)
  • Counselling People Towards Behaviour Change
  • Counselling Skills Certificate
  • Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Trauma Informed Training
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • SVQ level 3 in Social Services and Healthcare

I have four years experience counselling adults over 18, in private practice and in agencies offering support for people with issues surrounding homelessness, addiction, alcohol and domestic abuse.

I have worked for eight years as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.

Member organisations

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

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.

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

Fees

From £25.00 to £35.00

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute telephone or video call where we can meet and discuss your needs and expectations, and you can ask any questions you may have.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Other times can be arranged by mutual agreement

Further information

What to expect: I offer an initial 30 minute phone or video call free of charge where I can tell you a bit more about how I work and you can ask me any questions you might have. It’s difficult making the decision to start counselling, and it has to feel right for you.

If you think you might be interested, I will send you more information by email so you can decide in your own time if you want to move forward.

How often will we meet? Counselling is not a ‘quick fix’ and although some people find that just a few sessions are enough others prefer a more long-term commitment. I usually recommend at least five or six weekly sessions initially. Sessions last 50 minutes, with an extra 10 minutes put aside for us to discuss and review how it’s going for you, and to work out the best way to move forward.

How it works: There are many different approaches to counselling and psychotherapy but research has shown that the most important thing for clients is the relationship with the therapist. By building a strong, trusting relationship, where you can truly be yourself and talk openly, 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, ways to build self-esteem and resilience, 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

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , 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.

The premises I use in Inverness are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible. There is a WC on the ground floor, but this is not wheelchair accessible.

Additional languages

Italian

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Jane Shears

Jane Shears