Meryl Buchanan BA (Hons) Psych, MSc, MA, PGCE, MBACP
Hello, my name is Meryl and I work in Aberystwyth as a Counsellor and therapeutic coach. I have a background in applied psychology, personal development, health promotion and coaching, with over 30 years experience in these fields. I work with adults, young people, couples and also groups.
My approach to is person-centred integrative. This means that I will work with you to facilitate a clearer understanding of any issues that may be causing you concern, to help you become more self-aware and promote positive change. This may involve looking at issues from the past, focusing on present difficulties or exploring future goals and aspirations.The agenda is very much your own and I will listen deeply to you to help you to develop greater personal insight and a way forward that feels right for you.
Where appropriate,I use a range of techniques from the fields of cognitive behavioural therapy and transactional analysis, positive psychology, creative therapies and mindfulness practice to support learning and change. My work is also informed by an understanding of life course development and disruption, family systems and the impact of trauma on well-being and health.
I believe that everyone has the ability to develop, grow and change and that being able to share problems and reflect on issues in a supportive, safe and non-judgemental space is key to personal growth.
The best way to contact me initially is by email or send me a text with your contact information and I will get back to you a soon as I can
I look forward to meeting you
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honours degree in Psychology and masters degrees in both Health Promotion and Management Learning and Leadership. I am also a qualified teacher (PGCE). I was employed for thirteen years in the health service (in Liverpool and Cumbria) and worked with individuals and groups as a facilitator, coach and trainer. At this time I specialised in developmental coaching and in particular career counselling, motivational issues, relationship issues; managing conflict and differences, managing stress and change and finding a life-work balance. I also have a particular interest in working with fatigue issues and burnout.
Since leaving the health service, I worked freelance (in Scotland) for seven years, as a trainer, group facilitator and coach and with organisations and individuals experiencing change and transition. I have also worked locally within a further and higher education setting for a number of years teaching psychology and counselling skills and it was at this time I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor.
Currently I teach in higher education for both the Open University and Aberystwyth University (Lifelong Learning) on psychology, health and social care and counselling degree level courses. The areas in which I specialise include; children's development and child psychology, health psychology, positive psychology, addiction and trauma, fear and sadness (anxiety and depression) adult life-course development and transitions.
I have also worked in the voluntary sector as a trauma counsellor with individuals who have experienced rape or sexual abuse and have trained in REWIND therapy which is useful in working with the symptoms of PTSD.
I have two years experience of working with a university student counselling service.
I continuously develop my practice and in 2018 completed a degree level course with the OU in counselling in a forensic setting. I am also a part-time art and design student ( Cert. H.E. art and design ) and am extending my skills in working creatively with clients where appropriate. Within the last twelve months I have attended a number of short course on coaching and working with couples to extend my practice further in these areas.
I have completed a British Psychological Society (BPS) approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (2018)
I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to their ethical framework .
BA (Hons) Psychology
MSc Health Promotion and Education
MA Management Learning and Leadership
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (post 16) ( Distinction)
Higher National Diploma Integrative Counselling ( Distinction)
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (BPS approved)
Counselling in a Forensic Setting ( Open University) ( Distinction)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Individuals: £40 for a one hour session
Couples: £50 for a one hour session
Concessions available for students and for others on a low income.
I provide training, group facilitation and individual coaching to organisations based on my qualifications and experience in the fields of health promotion, management development and applied psychology. I am a member of BACP coaching division.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work from The Cambria every Tuesday and Wednesday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I completed a British Psychological Society Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision early this year.View supervision profile