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About me

There can be no doubt that life throws things at us which can be very challenging and difficult to cope with. The last year has shown us all this!  As Coronavirus and Lockdown continue, many of us will be feeling anxious, panicky, low in mood or perhaps just be left feeling sad.

Sometimes the messages that we may have received as a child/young person can have an impact on us in the here and now.  When we are triggered, we may respond or behave in ways which we don't make sense to us.  Perhaps you are ready to make changes in your life and you are looking to find ways of doing this.

Working together, you and I can explore the impact of the past and look at the ways our thoughts and behaviours reflect this today.  We can unpack this and find alternative ways of coping.

I am an experienced counsellor, who has worked in the health sector for over 15 years. I am experienced in working with both men and women of all ages and find that I am able to create a safe space for them. I use an individualised approach that is warm, non-judgemental, empathic and unique to you. This gives you the opportunity to explore the things in life that are troubling you, and gives you the space to make changes and grow.

Special Areas of Interest

I have a particular interest in working with Anxiety, Depression and Trauma. I am also experienced in working with Panic, Bereavement and Work Related Stress.


I am based in the central belt of Scotland and have rooms in Stirling and Linlithgow. All are located in the centre of town and are convenient for transport links.

I am PVG checked and abide by COSCA's Code of Ethics.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for an informal chat on 07749024784

Training, qualifications & experience


I trained in a Person-Centred/Psychodynamic integrative approach.  Since qualifying, I have worked as a Counsellor in charity organisations, Quiet Waters in Falkirk and Libertas in Linlithgow.

I have been employed as an Addictions Worker/Counsellor in a service for people who have been affected by trauma and addictions, and have offered counselling in prison. I have also worked with people who have a family member in prison.

As I believe it is important to continually be growing as a Counsellor, I have recently started a Postgraduate Level Diploma in CBT Therapy.


  • 2019 - Present - Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • 2019 - Understanding Drugs and Alcohol
  • 2018 - Introduction to Schema Therapy
  • 2017 - Trauma and the Brain
  • 2016 - Bereavement
  • 2015 - Impact of Drug and Alcohol Misuse on Children and Families
  • 2015 - COSCA Accredited Diploma in Counselling

Member organisations


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.


My fees are £40 for a session online or £50 for face to face work

Please note I only accept payment by Bank Transfer.


West Lothian

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I have availability Monday - Friday.

I also have a few appointments available on Saturday Mornings.

Message me for details.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


John McNaughton (Dip Counselling MCOSCA)

John McNaughton (Dip Counselling MCOSCA)