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About me

Hello, my name is Martha Pollard, and I offer both short and long term counselling for individuals aged 18 and over. I hold a Diploma in Counselling and am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (Registration number 387145). I have Level 2 Accreditation in Essentials in Compassion-Focused Therapy from the Association for Psychological Therapies. I am also a mindfulness and compassion practitioner and am beginning training as a mindfulness teacher.

By way of counselling teaching, I am a counselling skills trainer/facilitator where I deliver the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills for two organisations: a further education college and a charity providing counselling to young people. Alongside my counselling skills teaching, I have a private practice in counselling, working with people on a range of issues (as shown in the services section). The basis of my counselling is person-centred, together with compassion-focused therapy approaches that incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion.

I worked in the academic field of public health and psychology from 1993-2012.  Since 2012, I have worked in community services in the field of care and carer support, including counselling since 2019, and with people living with dementia. I have also worked in other counselling services with people who have experienced a wide range of other difficult experiences and distress of varying kinds. I am currently also doing research in the field of dementia care, looking at perspectives on freedom.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of BACP and am an Associate Member of COSCA, and abide by their ethical frameworks. I am also a trainer/facilitator of counselling skills.

Counselling qualifications:

  • Level 2 Accreditation in Essentials in Compassion-Focused Therapy (Association for Psychological Therapies) 
  • Diploma in Counselling (Interface Training Ltd., Edinburgh) 
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (Edinburgh College) 

Prior qualifications:

  • MSc and PhD in Public Health Sciences (University of Edinburgh)
  • BA in Psychology, Colby College (Maine, USA)

The basis of my counselling is person-centred, with Compassion-Focused Therapy approaches. I undertake regular supervision and CPD in counselling, mindfulness and compassion and am also a member of the UK Mindfulness Association.

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Anticipatory grief
  • Older people/life adjustment
  • Transitions
  • Loss
  • Feeling sad


Additional information

£45 per session.

Concessionary rates available.

Further information

During the current circumstances, I can offer sessions video call or, if you feel comfortable to do so and following all needed COVID-19 preventive guidelines, in therapy rooms at the Quaker Meeting House, Kelso.  There is good access to parking. 

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

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