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MBACP, PgDip, Psychotherapist - Resilient Recovery Ltd
Lanark ML11 & Coatbridge ML5

About me


I have over ten years of experience in creating conditions that help people turn their lives around, find relief, feel happier and content in their day to day lives again. To find balance. 

It all starts with the first step of committing to yourself through therapy by sending that e-mail, making that decision to get help to grow through what you are going through with someone caring and impartial by your side.

Learning how to take control of your thoughts, your time, body reactions, how to cope with big emotions, these are game changers. 

It might be hard to imagine that one day you won’t be struggling the way you are now.

I have seen life changing results working with adults to achieve their goals when struggling with the challenges of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Addiction
  • Overworking
  • Procrastinating
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Co-Dependency
  • Narcissistic/Pathological Love Relationship Abuse
  • Challenges at Work/Career Changes
  • Financial Worries
  • Parenting Difficulties
  • Post Natal Depression/Anxiety
  • Relationship Problems 
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Eating Disorders
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Emotional Struggles
  • Complex Trauma
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Assertiveness
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Agoraphobia

Check out some recent client reviews in the photos section.

I have a special interest in helping others build resilience skills to move forward despite hardship. 

People experience all kinds of difficult circumstances, relationships and troubles in life.

I believe our behaviours, feelings, thoughts and internal reactions in our day to day lives all have a reason for existing and that giving ourselves the space, time and compassion to understand them with someone can bring great relief. 

I offer an integrative, trauma-informed biopsychosocial and relational approach.

My role is to help understand what the bigger picture is around what you’re facing right now, understand this with compassion, without judgement, find ways to make sense of everything while finding you relief from whatever is causing you pain.


I'm a Registered Integrative Counsellor, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and a Co-Tutor of Counselling at Diploma level.

I help people to overcome all kinds of challenges in their lives by building resilience through:

  • Individual Integrative Counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Counselling & Mental Health Group Facilitation

Check out my special interest areas by scrolling to the bottom of the page...

I engage in regular supervision with an accredited therapist and regular continued professional development training relevant to the challenges faced by the people I work with.


I provide face to face, walk and talk, and video counselling. 

I facilitate groups offering insight and solutions for people in Central Scotland and South Lanarkshire where I set up Resilient Recovery Counselling. 

Sessions are available online for clients from all over the UK and throughout Europe. 

Walk and Talk Therapy is available. A great alternative to face to face or online sessions. Fresh air and therapy to clear your mind.

This is covered by insurance, routes are pre planned, protection of confidentiality is considered,  care is taken to avoid or manage crossing paths with known people where this is a concern, weather considerations are taken into account and back up plans are put in place. 

Online counselling is available from my secure, private home office.

I do not offer telephone therapy as it does not align with the therapeutic approach I work within. 


At Resilient Recovery, focus is placed on compassion and empowerment.

You will be treated with respect and fully heard as a safe space is held for you to explore what you’re going through.

You will be supported to find helpful, practical ways to cope with whatever is troubling you right now.

Happiness and fulfilment may seem out of reach right now, help isn’t. Let's find a way forward together.

I assure confidential, compassionate, trauma-informed, empathic counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy for people seeking solutions that can last a lifetime.

There will be zero judgement here as you're accepted for being human, doing the best you can with the tools you have and the circumstances you are in at this time.

People are simply trying to cope. The coping strategies we use can change with the right help and care.

If what you want is to discover the skills and strengths already within you to help make changes In your life, contact me for a free chat.


Resilience is described as having the ability to bounce back. To return to the original form despite being bent, stretched or compressed. Often we can expect to go back to how we were before an event or period of challenge, it is ok to have changed as a result. It may well have been a necessary adaptation to manage what was happening in life. 

So many aspects of today’s world can have us bent out of shape, stretched beyond our means or crushed by strings of stressful events.

We can find ourselves feeling alone, struggling to cope from day to day and that we aren’t reaching our full potential.

People already have many of the skills, strengths, capabilities and potential to get through the struggles they face, often needing some guidance and support to realise them.


I work with you step by step to help you by choosing the best suited individualised methods and interventions in relational work with you.

This can take the form of individually tailored resilience skills you can apply to illness or challenges throughout your life.

At all points, the therapy process is collaborative, meaning we work as a team.

I can offer ways to help widen your awareness, you are the expert of your own life.

You will never be talked at or treated with anything but respect, therapy isn’t always easy but it can be engaging, creative and far from the couch and notebook tv depictions.
I work in lots of different ways adapted specifically to you and your issues, using what you feel comfortable with, these can include things like:

Talking, board work, diagrams, handouts, worksheets, audio recordings, music, videos, visualisations, relaxations, behavioural experiments, mindfulness, diary tasks, grounding and breathing exercises, role play, humour, goal focused work, communication, assertiveness, social skills training, exposure therapy, nervous system regulation with body and emotional awareness are some to note but there are many others.

Progress reviews and feedback from you about your experience of therapy and interventions will be reviewed often to make sure any adjustments can be made to take your views of our way of working into account, address any blocks, celebrate changes and help you connect with the work in a meaningful way. 

The beginning stages will involve getting to know you, building a clear picture of what you are facing, how you are coping, what you want to achieve and change in your life.

There will be options of strategies and techniques linked to those goals that work on building new ways to cope and grow through the experience.

The approach can work with a cognitive behavioural base if it fits for you, however, there are other approaches that may be more appropriate in particular cases. 

We are individuals and what some respond to, others find different methods to be more useful and easier to connect with. You may work better with body awareness, visuals, metaphors, or written material.

As an example, the best approach for navigating troubles from long term relational harm and trauma will be very different from something that would help tackle symptoms of a specific phobia of flying.
It's most important to me to adapt and respond to the needs you have at any given time. I can make appropriate adjustments for clients with various additional support needs.

When it's clear we are making progress, that you are experiencing positive changes and new patterns are taking place in how you feel, think and behave, we will look at maintaining this and building on strengths.

Before an ending, I provide a framework developed with you to help reflect on the learning and growth throughout the experience, understand what has maintained the difficulties at a time, what has been discovered that has been most useful and look at ways to keep these changes in place by working on prevention and handling of future issues.

The aim is to bring a lasting and meaningful change into your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • NQ - Introduction to Counselling
  • NQ - Counselling Skills
  • COSCA - Counselling Skills
  • Scottish Mental Health First Aid
  • Prevention & Management of Violence & Aggression Levels 1-3
  • SCOTACS - Diploma - 2 year Counselling Individual & Groupwork - A Cognitive Behavioural Approach -COSCA & SQA Approved. -SCQF LEVEL 10
  • Certificate of Proficiency with BACP

CPD - Continued Professional Development Trainings

  • Treating post traumatic stress disorder effectively and efficiently : A cognitive approach 2018
  • New cognitive and behavioural interventions to prevent PTSD and depression in at risk groups 2018
  • Delivering novel formats of evidence-based treatments for PTSD: Early Issues & Solutions 2018
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Learning Disabilities Reasonable Adjustments
  • Learning Disabilities Communication
  • Cruse Bereavement 1 - Introduction to Loss & Grief
  • Cruse Bereavement 2 - The Grieving Process
  • Cruse Bereavement 3 - Intervention & Skills
  • Cruse Bereavement 4 - Supporting Bereaved Staff
  • Child Protection Training
  • Addressing Suicidality & Suicide Risk Online – Eoin Galavan June 2020
  • The Disclosure of Self Harm - Edith Bell 2021
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Training-ongoing
  • The Embodiment Conference 2020
  • The Collective Trauma Summit 2020
  • Online & Telephone Counselling-ongoing
  • Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma - Carolyn Springs 2021
  • Working with Trauma That Has Become Stuck - Carolyn Springs  2021
  • Working with Trauma Triggers and Flashbacks - Carolyn Springs 2021
  • The Wisdom of Trauma feat Gabor Maté 2021
  • A Guide to Wholeness - A Guide to Understanding and Integrating Trauma Course with Gabor Maté- 12 Modules 2021 (Understanding Trauma, The Nature and Science of Trauma, Saying NO;Attachment vs Authenticity, Relationships, On Guilt, Shame, Anger and Grief, Illness as Adaptation, Psychedelics and Trauma, Spiritual Bypassing, Healing and Compassion, Compassionate Inquiry Case Studies, Somatic Practises with Betsy Polatin Parts 1&2)
  • Humanual Basics with Betsy Polatin 2021
  • Narcissistic Abuse : Why Therapists Fail to Recognise Pathological Love Relationships - Sandra Brown 2021
  • Gaslighting 101 for Therapists : 3 Strategies to Help Clients Break Free from Narcissistic Abuse 2021
  • Trauma Related Dissociation - Latest Research & Critical Insights -  2022
  • Embracing Suicidal Parts - Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) to Heal Traumatic Wounds - 2022
  • Understanding ADHD: Current Research and Practice
    King's College London -2022
  • Healing From The Bottom UP - Peter A. Levine PhD 2022


I have a wealth of NHS experience working with patients in areas including but not limited to Acute Psychiatric Wards, Maternity, Accident & Emergency and St Andrews Hospice Palliative Care throughout Lanarkshire over a 7 year period.

I cared for people at all stages in life, babies in maternity, children in paediatrics, young people navigating school or transitions into working lives, adults setting up their first home, patients attending accident and emergency, having routine or life saving surgeries, those suffering from severe symptoms of mental health problems, people receiving elderly care, people in long term hospice care and even mortuary work. Having seen the impacts of adversity at all stages for ordinary people at close range, I found a love for giving one on one talking support to people suffering from the emotional strains of life. I found novel, effective ways of engaging with people who had limited communication, issues with memory, aggression, anxiety or who were scared. My objective was to build a relational connection to help others realise they were not alone and to help them feel safe.

I naturally wanted to reassure them and connect in a meaningful way. I wanted to do more in this capacity in a focused way.

I volunteered and worked with a person-centred charity empowering, supporting and advocating for people with learning difficulties and life limiting Illnesses in Central Scotland. I felt passionate about helping others achieve their own goals of living in the most fulfilling and independent way possible. I helped people overcome the many challenges and difficulties they faced, such as managing finances, coping with change, finding employment, arranging and adapting housing, mediating in relationships, safeguarding them, tackling issues such as consent, human rights, anxiety, sleep problems, sensory issues, aggression and anger. I found this so rewarding, valued doing this with integrity, strong ethics and wanted to take it further.

Alongside these working experiences, I have been a business owner for over 12 years and progressed through my own challenges in my personal, family and business life. Having developed strong life skills using strategies and tools through my own growth and counselling training, helped me build resilience and flexibility that I can offer to others. I know the benefits of a strong therapeutic relationship and the growth of committing to myself.

I have been training and studying Counselling at different levels since 2009 and qualified to build a private practise as an Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and now moved into teaching too. I do what I love.

I love to see people becoming empowered in their lives.

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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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

For each service there is a free initial 20 minute zoom call to establish your needs and a sound match between us. The relationship between you and your therapist is just as crucial as starting sessions. It's important you feel comfortable and that you feel you’re both a good fit. This initial consult is a chance to cover some basic points, get a brief overview, propose how I could help and answer any questions you might have about our potential time working together. You can decide on the call or take some time to reflect and speak with some other therapists before making your decision. 

Payments are required in advance of the first full session to secure booking.

Counselling & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • £45.00 per session for individual counselling, this includes face to face, online and Walk & Talk (unless considerable travel is involved)
  • Reduced rate is available in the case of financial hardship for new or existing clients. There is a waiting list for these at the moment as a limited number of slots can be offered per week. This allows me to maintain the service and continue to offer a buffer for existing clients who have a sudden change of circumstances that would otherwise mean they have to terminate therapy at a time of increased need. Do contact me if you wish to be added to the waiting list for reduced rate. Some clients have engaged in fortnightly sessions until a slot becomes available for weekly reduced cost sessions. 

Parenting Resilience Group Cost - 12 week Course

  • £10 per person per 2 hour session

Parenting Resilience Course - Private Individual/Couple Sessions

  • Individual £30.00 per session
  • Couples £50.00 per session

Staff Awareness/Training Workshops

Delivery of group Psycho-educational interactive Mental Health awareness training sessions at your organisation for staff/employees - specifically tailored to the needs of the business/staff.

  • £300.00 for one off training workshops
  • £1800.00 for 6 week blocks


Time limited blocks of counselling and psychotherapy can be delivered online to employees of national and multinational organisations who wish to support their staff. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Workshops, training and groups may be offered out with the above stated hours of availability as booked in advance. 

Further information


I am passionate about prevention of adverse childhood experiences, also about helping people heal from the impacts of them.

I am continually developing my knowledge of the most recent research and developments in the treatment of trauma.

Working with survivors of emotional, psychological, physical and sexual abuse, I incorporate combinations of trauma focused CBT, Polyvagal Theory, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Somatic approaches and embodiment to help overcome the lasting impacts of trauma.

With a love of work with Mums, Dads, Carers and families in maternity wards, experiencing the depths of post-natal depression and the beauty of growth and joy in using Hypnobirthing, I developed a special interest in pre-natal and post natal mental health.

I developed a research proposal for a study to bridge the gap in the current research, exploring the use of a specifically designed 12-week Group Course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a preventative treatment for people at risk of Post Natal Depression.


Following such strong positive feedback, this proposal has grown into The Parenthood Resilience Group.

Tackling challenging topics for people considering, expecting or newly with children that help alleviate the stresses and potential roadblocks that lead to mental health/relationship issues for parents or adverse childhood experiences for children.

The areas explored include:

  • Expectations of Parenthood
  • Parenting Decision Making Resources
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Emotional Abuse Awareness
  • Communication Skills
  • Birthing Preparation Resources
  • Mental health awareness, psycho-education & support resources covering:

        -Perinatal/postnatal Depression

        -Perinatal/postnatal Anxiety

        -Post Partum Psychosis

        -PTSD & Birth Trauma

        -Partner’s Post natal mental health

  • Breath Work
  • Mindfulness Exercises
  • Meditations and visualisations for pregnancy, birth and beyond
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Psycho-education
  • There are also sections that focus on safeguarding, self care, sourcing support, exercise and social connectedness.

This course runs for 12 weekly 90 minute sessions and is available in a format for:

Single Parent/Individual Sessions

Private Partner Sessions


Group sessions for pairs/singles for a max of 12 members

38 Bannatyne Street, Lanark, South Lanarkshire, ML11 7JR

Coatbridge, South Lanarkshire, ML5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Pamela Docherty

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