Jean Van Slyke

Jean Van Slyke

The Black Isle

Dundonnell By Garve
Wester Ross

07901 654131

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About me

You may be wondering, "What is counselling and how can it help me?"

Talking it all out; talking all around your feelings (whatever they may be) helps- because I am totally here for you. We will become allies in your mental/emotional well-being and healing. Together we will find helpful ways you can transform the most challenging things in your life. Even when you are feeling that the pain, fear, anxiety, grief, depression, panic, relationship problems, or indeed many other issues you are facing are so overwhelming, you wonder if there is any help for you.

I offer Person-Centred Counselling to all individuals 16 years of age or older. I have always been involved in holistic, deeply evocative, ways with people. I love people, striving to understand, accept and appreciate any person's inner worlds. Especially when you need counsel that is absolutely confidential. With my trained ear and your very real feelings; together we can explore any area of your life you want to delve into. Together we can find ways for your painful feelings to heal, and for that newly emerging being that is your Self to become safe and secure for you.

Our counselling sessions will usually last one hour. I am also available for one and a half hour sessions. If you choose to work with me, we will set a contract together, in which we work with the beginning of where you see your therapy going for you. A 'block' of six, once-weekly sessions is recommended to start, and can be renegotiated at any time. Wherever your process takes you, I follow you and ultimately, the number of sessions is up to yourself. I will always be sensitive to where you are at in your process and be completely up front about all my own feelings concerning your healing. I hope you will grow to trust me and be able to share your inner worlds with me. That is where healing begins.

There may be times when one of us is unable to attend a session in person. In that case, a session can be held over the phone or online. Face-to-face is always preferable, because the work I do is so much about the connection between us. For this reason, telephone and online counselling are part of a potential alternative way of bringing counselling to people when it is difficult for us to meet face-to-face.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at University of the Highlands and Islands, 2013-2017. Among my tutors were Dominic Thierry, Lorna Gunn, Elspeth McQueen, Anne Macdonald, Rae Jack, and Carol Ross. I received my Diploma of Higher Education in Person - Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy in early 2018; becoming a Counsellor Member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) in the Summer of 2018.

My experience for sixty-one years as a person with an abundance of empathy has always served me in all my relationships. Now that I practice professionally in a 'relational' field, I feel I have found my real vocation (calling). The relationship between counsellor and client is totally unique, and has the potential to empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

        Other areas of counselling I deal with

        • Apathy
        • Shame
        • Guilt
        • Forgiveness


        Our first session is a consultation and costs £15.00. Thereafter, my fee is £35.00 per hour.  Concessions can be discussed for those on a low income.

        One and a half hour sessions cost £50.00

        Further information

        My main practice is in Rosemarkie on the Black Isle.

        Regular buses go to and from Inverness.

        Private parking is also available near the therapy space.

        Once we have agreed on a session together, I will give you the exact location.

        Alternatively, we may be able to hold our sessions in your own home. Please ask me about this possibility if the idea appeals to you. We can talk about it.

        As a Counsellor Member of COSCA, I adhere to their Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice; and also to the excellent COSCA Complaints procedure, if it is ever needed, which I will fully inform you of in writing, at our first session. COSCA is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.  My Counsellor membership of COSCA is your assurance of a high quality standard in my practice.

        I also hold Professional Liability Insurance.

        Maps & Directions

        Fortrose, IV10
        Dundonnell By Garve, IV23

        Type of session

        Online counselling: Yes
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: Yes

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Yes

        Accessible by bus or coach to Rosemarkie from Inverness bus station. Individual appointments may also potentially be held in your own home in the Highland region.


        Currently available for new private clients wishing to work in six week blocks of (usually) one hour-long, face-to-face session per week. Telephone & video sessions available as needed.

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults