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About me

Registered, professional Counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA). A well experienced, Person-centred Counsellor and College Lecturer in Counselling based in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

About Courage to Change Counselling

Are you feeling anxious, sad, or overwhelmed and in need of support? then maybe Counselling (also known as Talking Therapy) can help.

Courage to Change Counselling offers professional and confidential support for you to talk through any difficult thoughts and emotions that are causing you to feel confused, anxious, low or depressed.

Sometimes we all need someone to listen in a way that is caring, understanding and non-judgemental. As your Counsellor, you can talk to me and I will listen to how you feel in a way that doesn't judge you but understands your struggles. This may just be what you need right now, taking care of yourself matters.

Often clients looking for counselling for the first time ask; How can talking to someone I do not know help me? because often we feel alone with our difficulties however when we share how we feel and that is heard and understood, it feels good and we begin to understand ourselves better. Feeling safe to share those thoughts and feelings, (that we all can have but do not always freely talk about it), is therapeutic.

Talking about your feelings can help you begin to understand the situation you are struggling with and why you feel the way you do. This helps you to find out what is important to you, in your life - this can open up the possibility of healing painful emotions.

Counselling can be long or short term depending on what you need. I can help you to;

- explore your present situation and this may help you feel more positive to change the things, that you feel need to change.
- find a way through your difficulties, to get more out of life and enjoy better relationships, it might just change your life!

Whether you are thinking of counselling for the first time or have already had counselling in the past, it can still feel daunting to reach out and ask for help. I understand this and how difficult choosing a Counsellor can be, it takes courage.

Committing to counselling is a big step and by making that first contact you have already begun to overcome some of your fears and are getting ready to start your counselling journey to help you, help yourself and find that Courage to Change.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling with Merit
  • HNC Counselling with Merit
  • Batchelor of Arts (BA) Open Degree - Applying Psychology
  • Postgraduate (PG) Teaching Qualification with Merit
  • Masters Professional Practitioner Award in Education Certificate

Recent Training

  • Stress Management, Wellbeing and resilience
  • Pregnancy and infant loss. Supporting clients with a subsequent pregnancy after loss
  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate (ACTO Level 1 approved)
  • Impact of Trauma on Mental Health – University of Glasgow
  • Working with Trauma, Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • Supporting Children’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience
  • Working with the complexities of domestic and emotional abuse
  • Understanding Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Understanding Depression and Anxiety
  • Relational Depth in Counselling; A Pluralistic Approach to Therapy
  • Existential Therapy: An Introduction
  • Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellness
  • Supporting children/teens with Additional support needs to manage health anxiety
  • Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
  • Mindfulness; Self Compassion for the Caring Professions
  • Coaching for Counsellors
  • Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid:Young people (SMHFA:YP) Certificate

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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

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.

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.

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Fees

From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Courage to Counselling offers flexible day, evening and weekend appointments to suit your circumstances. Cancellations are free of charge if cancelled within 24 hours prior to appointment.

Initial telephone enquiry and consultation is free of charge. The consultation is useful for assessment and gives you the chance to decide if therapy is for you or not. It also allows you an opportunity to ask any questions and arrange our first appointment together.

Counselling appointment per session is £40. Weekly sessions are normally booked initially to ensure you get the most benefit from therapy however this is flexible based on your personal circumstances. If for financial or other reasons you cannot book weekly appointments, then fortnightly or more flexible sessions are also a possibility.

A concession rate of £30 for students/trainee counsellors is available. I have a limited amount of reduced fees for Counselling, based on making therapy accessible and affordable to those on a restricted or low income.

Availability

BACP & COSCA registered professional counsellor. Free Initial telephone consultation - flexible, day, evening or weekend counselling appointments available.

Further information

If you feel ready to talk about what is bothering you and have decided you are ready to start counselling then, please send me a message to contact me. If you can, tell me a little bit more about yourself, your situation and what you are struggling with at the moment. I usually respond by email and arrange to call you.

Initially, before we 'meet', for the first appointment (either face to face or online) it is good to chat, by telephone initially to see if you feel counselling would be helpful. I will respond to your enquiry as soon as I can to arrange this free, initial telephone consultation and tell you more about the counselling I offer.

Can I arrange a counselling session for a friend or relative?

If you're trying to help someone be brave enough to take that first step towards counselling or remove one of the hurdles that will prevent them from getting help - you can contact me to see if I'm able to help and if I have sessions available. The person you have a concern about though will need to follow this up and make contact to confirm they would like a counselling session. They can message me by email/text or phone.

Coatbridge
North Lanarkshire
ML5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

Online or Telephone Counselling sessions available

Online platforms

Zoom

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Kathleen Currie ~ Courage to Change Counselling MBACP/MCOSCA/DipCouns

Kathleen Currie ~ Courage to Change Counselling MBACP/MCOSCA/DipCouns