Mike Sutherland

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MSc in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Aberdeen AB10
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About me

I am an Aberdonian, thus Scottish, man who has been involved in the caring professions for most of my adult life,  thus many years, as a professional worker with kids, families and adults on their own. I offer face-face counselling in the city centre or online counselling if preferred. All sessions will be  weekly for 50 minutes or agreed otherwise. The number of sessions will be agreed between us at the outset and open to review/flexibility.

I am qualified for, and have experience of, using a range of counselling approaches i.e. not limited to one e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but others too. I would explain this pluralistic approach in an initial meeting but basically it means that I believe that clients know themselves best and how best they wish to deal with their personal issues. For example if you did not wish to talk of your upbringing we would not have to. 

I have worked with clients with a range of issues: relationship problems, depression, motivation, suicide ideation, performance in education or at work and in families, compulsive behaviours, sexuality, bereavement, perfectionism. identity and others.

Please e-mail me in the first instance then we can arrange a 20 minute phone or online call or a face-to-face meeting to see if we suit each other and to discuss why you wish counselling, what I offer and a contract and negotiation of fees if you are satisfied with what you have learned

Training, qualifications & experience

As stated above I have been involved in the caring professions for a very long time,30 years, initially as a social worker with children and families but I have been counselling for the past 4 years and I am no longer a social worker. I want to be honest with you. 

I have two Masters qualifications, one in social work, the other in counselling.

I have worked with people with a range of issues: suicide ideation, depression, anxiety, self-harming, motivation, sexual identity, relationship issues, work stress, bereavement, family concerns  perfectionism, self-esteem etc

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

I have worked as a social worker for 40 years and as a counsellor for 4 years...qualified in both and registered with SSSC and BACP

Photos & videos


Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

I charge dependent upon your status and income and we can negotiate

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

In the future I may be in a position to work mornings

Further information

I work in a various of ways and I am not tied to a particular approach  -  I can use the predominant approaches of CBT or Person Centred but I am very flexible. You are the expert in your own life so I follow you with help....

As stated above please e-mail me in the first instance and we will take it from there.

13 Littlejohn Street, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 1FG

3 Golden Square, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB10 1RD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

My practice office is, unfortunately, inaccessible to wheelchair users and anyone with serious mobility issues as it is on the second floor of a building.

Online platforms

Microsoft Teams
Mike Sutherland
Mike Sutherland