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About me

I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor with fourteen years' experience in counselling and mental health. I am also a senior accredited registrant with The National Counselling Society and I adhere to their Code of Ethics and appear on their Accredited Register. I have worked in a variety of different settings, including Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) and the NHS, as well as a number of different voluntary organisations.

I strive to create a safe space in which we can work together on exploring what has brought you to counselling at this time.  Although fundamentally person-centred in my approach, I have integrated tools and techniques into my practice over the years, including some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I offer both short- and long-term counselling, during which we can manage the “symptoms”, explore the cause or a mixture of the two.  A counselling session lasts 50 minutes, which is known as the therapeutic hour, and I generally recommend that it takes place on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, 1997
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Strathclyde, 2006
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde, 2008
  • Extensive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in counselling and mental health

I am experienced in working with stress, including work-related stress, and mental health issues, from anxiety and depression, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks, to more severe mental health issues and trauma.  I also have a lot of experience working with people who are in crisis or at risk, primarily from self-harm and suicide, and, to a lesser extent, domestic abuse.

The other area that I am most experienced in is relationships, including relationships with family, friends and partners, as well as with ourselves. I am particularly interested in how we can work through relationship issues, such as codependency, using self-awareness and self-compassion.  I am also interested in practices in relationships other than classical or serial monogamy.

I have seven and a half years' experience of and extensive training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and I am an experienced trainer, facilitating training in mental health awareness and relationship first aid.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

Other areas in which I have an interest are introversion, perfectionism and sensitivity, as well as the loss of a pet.

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Additional information

My fees are negotiable depending on your individual circumstances so please contact me to discuss yours further in the first instance.

15 minute telephone consultation - free

50 minute face-to-face couple counselling session - £55

50 minute face-to-face individual counselling session - £45

50 minute telephone or video individual counselling session - £35

Block bookings and concessions may be available.  Please contact me or visit my website for further information, where you can also book online:



Various morning, afternoon and evening appointments available on a Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Please contact me to check availability or visit my website to book online.

Further information

My office is easily accessible by car from Dumbarton and the surrounding areas, including Balloch, Clydebank, Erskine and Helensburgh.  Situated just off the A82 and only 15 minutes from the M8, it is only 30 minutes from the west end of Glasgow and another 5 from the city centre.  It is also well served by public transport being a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop and a 15 minute walk from the nearest train station.

West Dunbartonshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

There is an accessible car park and entrance to the rear and, once inside, accessible toilets on each level, as well as a lift. Please note that there are five stairs to access the office internally, although wheelchair access may be possible externally.


Laurele Mitchell

Laurele Mitchell