Dr Philip Simon Glen
I am Simon Glen and I’m a Counselling Psychologist. In my work, I combine the client centred and non-judgemental elements of counselling with the wide evidence base of psychology.
I see my role as being there to work together with you to understand some of the difficulties you are experiencing, to help you draw on the positive resources you already have in life, and to help build some new skills using evidenced psychological approaches like Compassion Focussed Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (two types of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)).
In my career, I have worked with people facing many different types of challenges in their lives including living with long term health conditions (like cancer, epilepsy, and brain injury). I have worked with people experiencing problems with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, post-traumatic stress and with alcohol.
Whatever we are experiencing in our lives, my belief is that we are not broken, we are trying the best we can to cope with circumstances in life that we have not chosen. Our responsibility for facing this begins at this point. In our work I would aim to have you at the centre and work together with you in the here and now, to meet your goals for the future.
As a former Counselling Psychologist in Training I am aware of the expenses involved, and so I can offer a discount for Trainees undertaking mandatory therapy as part of their course.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology: Glasgow Caledonian University
In training, I worked on placement at Maggie’s Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Epilepsy Scotland and Glasgow Council on Alcohol.
- Post-graduate Diploma in Brain Injury Rehabilitation - Queen Margaret University
- B.A. (Hons) Psychology - Glasgow Caledonian University
Prior to training as a counselling psychologist, I worked for the organisations Headway Glasgow, and Edinburgh Headway Group with people with brain injury, family and carers, for the NHS in advocacy roles with older people, and in charities with people with mental health problems.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I mention above that I generally take a non-diagnostic stance to our human distress. The format of the directory encourages us as therapists to tick the boxes of the different conditions we work with. I prefer to see us all as individuals coping as best we can with the circumstances of our lives. It is not “what is wrong with you?” Rather it is “what happened to you?”
£85.00 per session
Concessions offered for
The fees are £85 per 50 minute session.
Counselling Psychology trainees undertaking mandatory therapy can enquire about a discount to this fee.
“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
This quote from encompasses the idea that any change we make involves an ending and maybe loss: like giving up a behaviour we held on to; or a story we had about ourselves; or the passing of an important relationship. So I find this useful to keep this in mind when I and the people I work with want to make a change. There might be sadness about that ending too.
Eliot’s message is that this ending is bound together with the possibility and positivity of a new beginning. So we can be ambivalent about change even when we know it’s the right thing for us.