Laurence Sutherland

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Shetland, Shetland Islands, ZE1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£55.00 per session

When I work

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.

Scalloway, Shetland, Shetland Islands, ZE1

Type of session

In person
Laurence Sutherland
Laurence Sutherland