3 Gemini Crescent
0770 302 4118 confidential message service
Please note these current changes to my practice:
I am introducing online counselling, via zoom, this can be short or long term, or in groups of sessions, spaced evenly apart.
I am also offering short time face to face work, from DD2, spaces limited, and by mutual arrangement.
After October 2019, I will no longer have my Dundee office.
As an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist, I work in general counselling & with people who have experienced trauma. My practice is mindful & relational, helping you repair wounds from a difficult early start & or subsequent later life challeng
Young People & Adults
I work with Young People from age 11 and Adults. I offer General Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced trauma or abuse in their lives. I am an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist qualifying with my first Diploma in 2003.
Approach & Training Models
My counselling approach is integrative and relational and this means I have trained in several different therapeutic approaches. The main ones are: Psychodynamic, Egan, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy & the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), I am currently training in IFS, Internal Family Systems. I am finding this model a useful addition to other training undertaken and is helpful for clients.
I will draw from these and my knowledge and experience to find a way to work with you that's a best fit. We will work together (relationally) with what you bring and I will be mindful and respectful of your story and experiences and the stage you are at on your journey. We will pay attention to your body and notice what is happening as we talk, working with the body somatically can really help to get to the heart of the matter.
I believe the relationship you build with me is as important as the theory that underpins the work
Complex Trauma & Difficult Early Attachment
Trauma comes under many guises and often goes alongside growing up with a difficult or disrupted early attachment to the parent/caregiver, meaning there were significant times in childhood when you were not seen, heard or acknowledged and you had difficult later life experiences too. I like the term unmothered children to describe this early disruption. Together they result in complex trauma that comes from a variety of sources. The list below suggests some of the key issues that may be affecting you.
What's worrying you?
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Affairs/ Betrayal
- Emotional abuse
- Mental abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
- Relationship issues
- Self Harm
- Bipolar disorder/manic depressive
- Personality disorders
- Separation and Divorce
I believe coming to therapy is about exploring our unfinished business. All our unresolved life experiences and our early attachment patterns are deeply etched in the neuroplasticity of our brains, it's hard wired if you like. These patterns repeat physiologically and make us who we are in present moment time and result in current symptoms. If our symptoms and these old patterns or ways of relating are triggered, this is usually what drives us to seek help as life or part of our lives is out of balance and perhaps unmanageable. The good news is we can change the plasticity of the brain, by working with the body (somatically) and what is currently presenting.
In my practice I bring over 35 years experience of working with people on all levels with either their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health and I have been working at depth with people as a counsellor/psychotherapist since 2003.
Short/ Long Term Work
I understand that seeking professional help and sharing at this level is a powerful and courageous step to take. I very much respect the counselling/psychotherapeutic process and I will manage it in a calm and mindful manner. The work will unfold at its own pace. i am currently making some changes to how I work and I am only able to offer short term face to face work to new clients, or short and long term via zoom. I also offer sessions, in groups spaced evenly apart, i.e. 6-8 weeks then a break, before resuming again.
I enjoy being creative in my approach and I use a variety of creative means, if appropriate, to enable clients to have better understanding of their current situation all of which helps get beneath the surface of the problem and allows meaning that is beyond words or from an early place in your history.
COSCA Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am a member of COSCA and have accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with them and I work to their Code of Ethics and practice.
I have professional indemnity insurance to allow me to work in private practice.
There is a lot more information on my website. I invite you to explore it www.maggiecostella.com and if you feel connected to anything written here, please don’t hesitate to be in touch and we can begin to explore if it feels right to begin to work together.
With best wishes,
♥ Helping you get to the heart of the matter. ♥
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered General Nurse 1976-79, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
M.A. Food, Health & Welfare 1994-1997 Dundee University.
Certificate in Counselling Skills 2000-2001 Garnethill Centre Glasgow.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2001-2003 Garnethill Centre Glasgow, validated by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland).
Certificate in Relationship Counselling, 2008-2009 Scottish Marriage Care,Glasgow.
Level I Graduate in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Glasgow 2011
Brainspotting Levels 1 & 2 with David Grand
Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)
Advanced CRM Core Self training
Case Conceptualising & Treatment of DID with Lisa Schwarz
IFS Internal Family Systems, Currently training and offering sessions in this modality.
I have also completed the following training and CPD.
Play Therapy for Children & Young People. Glasgow Caledonian University.
Compassion in Healing the Self, Deirdre Fay, Glasgow, Counselling Children & Young People Edinburgh University, Becoming Safely Embodied- Deirdre Fay, Level 1 Graduate of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Glasgow, Child Protection Training Dundee City Council, Loving your Broken Heart, Deirdre Fay, Glasgow.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
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I am offering Supervision, Counselling/Psychotherapy sessions for Young People & Adults. I have a sliding scale for payments which is income dependent.
Sessions last 50-60 minutes.
Supervision from £40.00, going up to £45.00 after August 2019
Payment in advance or on the day of the appointment. Cheque, cash or BACS..
The office in Dundee office is based in at the Technology Park. DD2 1SW. Plenty free parking on site and regular buses from the city centre include, x7, 10, 17, Green Circular then its a short walk down Gemini Crescent.
In Perth it's 2 flights up and a short walk from the bus/train stations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have a portable wheelchair ramp, for the side entrance to the building, this works well. My office is large and there is plenty space to have a turning circle. Unfortunately, the toilets on the same floor, are not fully wheelchair accessible.
Depends on client requirements, limited spaces at present. Dundee DD2.
Types of client
Supervision & training
Dundee DD2 1SW.View supervision profile