Nathalie Marec, PgDip. in Couns., Reg. COSCA
Whether you are trying to cope with stress at work, difficulties in your relationship, loss, an illness, experiencing feelings of anxiety, having conflicting or disturbing thoughts or wishing to understand yourself better, counselling can help. Expressing yourself to an independent counselling professional can be easier than opening up to your immediate circle of friends and family at times.
I believe, choosing a counsellor you will feel able to trust and feel comfortable and safe with is essential. Sharing difficult , disturbing thoughts and feelings can be daunting and finding a counsellor you feel able to open to might be the first step to an improved sense of wellbeing.
I am able to offer you a safe, non-judgemental, accepting and supportive environment where we may explore what matters to you and options available, and where you can:
- feel able to just be yourself; deal with anger, fears and anxieties;
- search for a healthy way to express any issues and feelings you may have;
- try to understand your own attitudes and behaviours;
- explore changes you might want to make in your life;
- simply take time for yourself and your personal development.
Together we can work on helping you make sense of how you feel, in time helping you feel more in control and more able to live your life as fully as you wish.
I work with young people from 12 years of age and adults.
- When we meet for the first time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and determine whether you would be happy to come to me for counselling. For my part, I will assess if I think I can help you and for that purpose I might be taking notes. We will decide whether we can work together, this is very important for Person-Centred Counselling.
- If we decide to work together, during the second session, we will agree on ground rules such as confidentiality and in-therapy boundaries to keep both you, the client and myself, the counsellor aware and safe.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2014- Counselling Skills Course
- 2016- Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling -The Uni. of Strathclyde
- I am at present studying towards the Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People (11-18 years) at the University of Strathclyde, which includes face to face counselling with 11-18 year olds.
- Grief/Bereavement (adults) counsellor at Strathcarron Hospice.
- Counsellor at Safe Space in Fife, supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Young people counsellor at Safe Space in Fife (sexual abuse support)
- Private practice: generic counselling, Employee Assistance Programme (companies)
I have attended diverse training workshops in order to develop and improve my work with clients; which means I can offer you, the client, different ways to express yourself and an open mind towards whatever you might bring to therapy.
Trauma, childhood sexual abuse and its long-term effects, Dissociative Identity Disorder, 'chair work' to deal with underlying and unexpressed feelings, use of a journal for self-expression, use of 'play' and 'art' activities when words are not enough, self-harm, anxiety and depression, awareness of feelings/emotions and breathing exercises.
- I integrate mindfulness, when appropriate, into my practice as I believe it to be extremely useful in enabling individuals to develop ways of dealing with life events and relationships in a more self-aware, self-caring and fulfilling manner. For example: breathing exercises, noticing feelings of anger, anxiety or fear before they become overwhelming.
I adhere to COSCA ethical framework which includes regular supervision and continuous personal and professional development.
Prior to counselling, I worked for many years with children and families in local communities and schools.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- General anxiety, feeling sad, stress, children and young people mental wellbeing.
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
Photos & videos
- The counselling sessions are usually 1 hour long.
Feel free to ring up if you have any questions to ask me. The telephone number provided is a dedicated phone and one that only I will answer. It is safe to leave a message in confidence and I will return your call as soon as I am available.
If you think you would like to explore the possibility of working with me, the first step would be to have a brief telephone call to make sure you are happy with the arrangements and to ensure that my service is appropriate for you.
For an hour long counselling session, the fee is £35.
- On our first meeting, we will agree on ground rules such as confidentiality, keeping your details safe and in-therapy boundaries to keep both you, the client and myself, the counsellor aware and safe.
- Use of expressive art journaling;
- Use of play, sand tray, mood cards, non verbal communication;
Issues you can bring with confidence, knowing that as human beings, we are complex and such issues are often combined:
- mental health
- anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression,
feeling sad,seasonal affective disorder (sad)
- relationship issues family issues, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce,
- abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence
- bipolar disorder/manic depression, personality disorders
- anger management, behaviour problems, work-related stress,redundancy
trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), dissociation, bipolar disorder
low self-esteem, low self-confidence, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome/me
suicidal thoughts, loneliness, self-harm
- child related issues, depression and anxiety in children, attachment disorder in children, childhood bereavement, separation anxiety, childhood bullying
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday to Friday:late afternoons /evenings, Saturday and Sunday: daytime or evenings. Other times possible, please ask. I am usually able to offer you an appointment within a week.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|