Lesley Watt, Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred)
Hello I am Lesley Watt. Due to the current situation I am now able to offer online video counselling and/or telephone counselling. I am a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited Counsellor. I offer an integrated approach to counselling which combines Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic therapies. I work with adults and young people aged 18 years plus. Counselling provides an opportunity for you to talk in a way which explores what is going on in your life and helps you to work towards change.
Each session lasts 50 minutes on a regular day and time per week in a safe, confidential space where you can speak about the issues which are affecting you without feeling judged. I want to develop a trusting counselling relationship which enables you to identify your needs. I offer one-on-one face-to-face counselling and can offer skype counselling where circumstances require it.
How can Counselling help you? - Many people go through challenging times in their lives which create all manner of emotions like sadness, stress, anger, guilt, shame, or feeling overwhelmed. Counselling can give you a talking space to explore what is really going on inside. Some people get trapped in a cycle of unhelpful/negative thinking and counselling can help them turn these thoughts into a more positive/helpful way of thinking and behaving. We can also explore how your past might be affecting your present, if you feel able and ready to do this.
The amount of counselling sessions is dependent on the client. For some, short term work helps them to move forward quickly whilst others benefit from longer term help. I can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self esteem, loss & bereavement, stress, post abortion and those feeling generally overwhelmed with life.
Ethics and Regulating Governing Body - I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) which is the UK regulating governing body for safe practice. I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
How I work - Our first meeting will be an opportunity for you to decide whether I am the right counsellor to help you. We will be able to discuss how I work and what your expectations of counselling are. I am interested in finding out a little bit more about you and your reasons for seeking counselling at this time. Should you decide to engage in counselling we will then arrange a series of further meetings; usually an initial contract of 4 sessions is suggested with a review at the end of this period.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA CBT (paperwork pending available May 2020) - Glasgow Caledonian University / IOC
- BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Diploma in Counselling Vital Connexions in Edinburgh – validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
- Certificate in CBT and Stress Management – University of Aberdeen
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Modules 1-4 – University of Aberdeen
- Private Practice
- NHS medical practice
- Mearns Counselling
- Hope Counselling – member of the Management Team and Generic Counsellor for Adults
- University of Aberdeen – Counsellor
- Choices Aberdeen – Counsellor for Crisis pregnancy and post abortion stress
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Private Clients £45 per session
Student counsellors welcome £45 per session
EAP £50 per session
Only 7 miles from Aberdeen with free parking available.
I receive regular monthly Supervision and participate in continual professional development.