Martha Pollard

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Kelso, TD5
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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 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 a certified teacher trained by the UK Mindfulness Association. 

I work 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 and am a co-author of the textbook Personality Traits, by Gerry Matthews, Ian Deary and Martha Whiteman (as my name was then). Since 2012, I have worked in community services in the field of carer support and counselling, and with people living with dementia.

I have also worked in other counselling services with people who have experienced a range of other difficult experiences and distress of varying kinds. I am currently also doing research in the field of dementia care, looking at family and staff carer perspectives on freedom in caring, including in pandemic-affected health care.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a counsellor member (no. 4165) of the professional body COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) and a COSCA-accredited trainer of counselling skills. I am also a certified mindfulness teacher, with teacher membership of the UK Mindfulness Association.

Counselling and mindfulness qualifications:

  • Certified to teach the Mindfulness Based Living Course of the UK Mindfulness Association (2023)
  • Accredited trainer for the Certificate in Counselling Skills of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland ) (2021)
  • Level 2 Accreditation in Essentials in Compassion-Focused Therapy (Association for Psychological Therapies) (2020, refreshed 2023)
  • Diploma in Counselling (Interface Training Ltd., Edinburgh) (2020)
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (Edinburgh College) (2017)

Prior qualifications:

  • MSc (1994) and PhD (1998) in Public Health Sciences (University of Edinburgh)
  • BA in Psychology, Colby College (Maine, USA) (1990)

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 a teacher member of the UK Mindfulness Association.

Member organisations

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Other areas of counselling I deal with

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


£25.00 - £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

£50 standard fee 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

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Martha Pollard
Martha Pollard