Naomi Aoife Bowers

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MBACP, Dip. Counselling, MSc, BSc
Available for new clients
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Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Managing your mental health can be exhausting. It’s always there, but it never feels like the priority right now - the responsibilities of life take over. It’s impacting on your work, your kids, your relationships, your health. It feels like it’s been going on too long, and isn’t getting better – or maybe it’s getting worse – and you need to get on top of it. You want to be able to look after those you love, feel like you can cope with the demands of work, enjoy time with family and friends, without that constant niggling worry. You want to feel like a person again. 

It is possible to reduce and manage your symptoms, and rediscover your sense of self. I can help you to confront the thoughts you’re sick of wrestling with, change behaviour that keeps you stuck, accept your feelings, and manage your emotional responses, instead of them taking charge of you. You can feel whole, present, and in control of your own life.

I have experience with a wide range of challenges, including anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem from working as a therapist in the NHS. I have helped people to reduce their anxious thoughts, and feel in control when they do come up; to improve their mood so they can better engage in and enjoy family life; to set boundaries with those around them out of love to improve relationships. Some people come to therapy knowing what is distressing them, and some people need the space and support to figure it out. I often focus on helping clients understand and accept the emotions they are experiencing and show themselves the compassion we often only give to others. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Psychology, University of St Andrews
  • MSc Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Bangor
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Diploma in Counselling & Groupwork – a Cognitive Behavioural Approach

I have devoted more than seven years to studying psychology and mental health. My experience encompasses working with generalised anxiety, health and social anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, setting boundaries, and OCD. In addition, I have spent over five years in roles assisting individuals with chronic conditions or adapting to changes in their physical health.

Health anxiety and chronic illness

As someone who has experience chronic pain and fatigue, I get how hard these can be to explain. Changes to our bodies, whether an unexpected illness, or an anticipated change, like menopause, can be tough to deal with. When we have a health diagnosis, it might be hard to talk to those close to us without worrying about burdening them, or managing their emotions as well as our own; therapy can be a safe place to explore what we’re thinking and feeling, without judgement.

 As a result, I have a particular interest in working with people experiencing health anxiety, chronic pain, fatigue, going through menopause or living with long-term health conditions.  

Member organisations

BACP
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

Fees

£35.00 - £65.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer an initial free consultation, which gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have, and see if you feel like we would be a good fit. This can be in person, if you'd like to visit the space, or over the phone if it's more convenient. 

My fee is £65 for a 50 minute session. 

I offer a small number of sessions at a reduced price of £35, for students and those on low or no income.

Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

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

Key details

PVG Scheme

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