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About me

I specialise in working with men and teenagers - helping you to become more resilient and skilled in dealing with lifes challenges.

Starting counselling - confronting and sharing difficult thoughts and feelings - can at first feel daunting, but with a skilled and encouraging counsellor, you can start your recovery by gaining insights into and compassion for yourself and your situation.

Working within a supportive, collaborative relationship, you can grow from here to learn and practise psychologically healthy attitudes & effective skills that will enable you to take charge of your life.

You will be working with an Accredited Counsellor - the charter mark for experienced counsellors.

Particular features offered:

Young adults: recovering from the effects of a "less than perfect" upbringing & becoming an autonomous adult.

Adults: rebuilding low self esteem, due to childhood emotional neglect (CEN), parental separation or other childhood woundings.

Emotional resilience: knowledge & skills to cope with - and recover from - emotionally draining low moods.

Divorcing from your partner.

Managing blended families and renegotiating outdated relationships.

Overcoming porn addiction.

Being neurologically different - "thinking a bit differently"

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered as an Accredited Member of COSCA ref. 2994
  • Counselling Scotland (COSCA) Diploma in Counselling
  • Trained in Children / Young persons therapy (Place2Be & Headroom)
  • Supervisor qualification (COSCA) for mentoring other counsellors
  • PG Education Diploma / BA (Hons)

25+ years working with young people, in outdoor education.

Since 2014 I have completed 1000 + counselling hours and have been awarded Counsellor Accreditation.

Member organisations

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have a Christian faith - this can be important to some clients. (On the other hand this personal perspective will never offered unless the client shows an interest in it.)

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

First session - No Risk Trial - £40 if you decide to continue with counselling -

FREE if you decide it is not for you.

Standard consultation - £40 for 50 mins face to face session.

Zoom / online consultations are available - £40 for 50 minute session.

A sliding scale of fees (related to income) is also available if needed

Availability

Most weekdays 9.30 - 8pm

Further information

Our premises are Covid risk assessed and we conform with all current precautions.

Counselling is also offered online (Zoom) for those who find this more convenient.

There is full disabled access to my counselling room including disabled toilets.

Unit 8
8 Deer Park Ave
Fairways Business Park
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8AF

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Parking right outside the entrance. Lift available in the building, reception staff can help. Disabled toilets also.

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Michael Martin, COSCA Accredited Counsellor, PGCE Education, BA

Michael Martin, COSCA Accredited Counsellor, PGCE Education, BA