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About me

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), this means I am committed to working to BACP’s Ethical Framework. I have over 20 years experience working with both short and long term clients, this includes over 15 years experience working for the NHS as a psychological therapist in a mental health setting. I have knowledge of, and a keen interest in trauma and the effects of trauma on the body. This has led to a lot of post qualification training in trauma work. In addition, I have a specialist interest in bereavement.

I am also a co-trainer training volunteers for a local bereavement support service. I would describe my practice as integrative although my original Person Centred training underpins my therapy work.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Person-Centred (Rogerian) Counselling & Psychotherapy - awarded by Warwick University
  • Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Practice for Person-Centred Therapies - awarded by Warwick University
  • Certificate in Supervision (Enabling and Ensuring) - awarded by Shetland College
  • EMDR qualification
  • Comprehensive Resource Model qualification
  • Brief Behavioural Activation qualification

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.


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.

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.


£50.00 per session


Daytime appointments preferred but some evening appointments would also be available to accommodate busy working lives. Limited weekend appointments could also be possible. 

Further information

I offer counselling sessions from a quiet confidential therapy room in my home in Scalloway, or alternatively a room can be arranged in Lerwick. Virtual meetings are also possible through Zoom, FaceTime or WhatsApp.

Shetland Islands

Type of session

In person
Laurence Sutherland

Laurence Sutherland