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Becky Stokes BSc (Hons) PgDip MBACP

Dunoon, Argyll And Bute, PA23
07849 375025 07849 375025

About me

Are you unhappy at work – feeling under pressure, undervalued, and overwhelmed?

Maybe you’re struggling with Impostor Syndrome – feeling that you’re not good enough at your job, and scared that you’re going to be found out?

Or maybe you’re applying for jobs but keep getting knocked back, leaving you with feelings of rejection that’s affecting your confidence?

If you can relate to any of these, then counselling may help.

Imagine feeling motivated to go to work every day, meeting the demands of your job with ease and enjoyment, having fulfilling relationships with your colleagues, and ending the day with a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and confidence.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Counselling can help you to deal with a tricky or unpleasant situation, overcome stress and anxiety, manage depression, increase your confidence, silence your inner critic, improve your relationships, create better boundaries, and gain a better understanding of yourself.

The positive effects of counselling can last you for the rest of your life! ​

Although I specialise in work-related stress, if you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or unwanted thoughts and feelings in any area of your life, or just want to get to understand yourself a bit better, I’d be very happy to hear from you.

I am a fully qualified, BACP-registered, counsellor and psychotherapist based in Dunoon, Argyll, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, with several years experience of working with adults of differing ages and backgrounds with a range of issues, both in short-term counselling and longer-term therapy.  I have a quiet and calm approach to working, with a dash of humour thrown in if appropriate!

Being person-centred, I believe that everyone is unique and has their own perspective on life, based on their thoughts, feelings and beliefs.  You are the expert in your own life (even if it doesn’t always feel like it), so I’m not going to judge you, or give you advice or tell you what to do.  Instead, through empathy, openness and kindness, I will help support you to explore how your situation feels for you and, by building a relationship of trust and respect between us, together we can work towards finding the best way to move forward for you.

I offer 50-minute counselling sessions, with a reduced rate for the initial session which will allow us the opportunity to get to know each other and find out if we would like to work together.

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, all counselling sessions are currently taking place via video (Zoom) until further notice.  The situation is under regular review as lockdown eases and face-to-face sessions will resume as soon as I feel satisfied that it is safe to do so.

I understand that going for counselling, or even enquiring about it, may make you feel nervous or anxious, but please don’t let that be the barrier that stops you from seeking the help you deserve.  Be assured that I will always do my best to put you at ease.  I am here to help and will be happy to hear from you.

If you would like to enquire about booking an appointment, or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy.  I also have a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their code of ethics, as well as having regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development.

I have several years experience of working with adults of differing ages and backgrounds with a range of issues, both in short-term counselling and longer-term therapy.  I also currently work part time at Argyll and Bute Women’s Aid, offering counselling to women who have experienced domestic abuse, as well as providing admin support to the organisation.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

For video sessions, the initial session cost is £35, and £40 for each subsequent session. Payment is by bank transfer, and must be paid at least 24 hours in advance of each session.

For face-to-face sessions, the initial session cost is £35, and £40 for each subsequent session.  I accept payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.  If you wish to pay by bank transfer, the payment needs to be made at least 24 hours in advance.

As appointments can be in demand, if you wish to cancel a session, please contact me as soon as possible.  This gives me the chance to offer your appointment slot to someone who may be waiting for an appointment.  If you fail to attend a session without letting me know in advance, or cancel a session with less than 24 hours’ notice, you will be charged £20 for the session.

Dunoon
Argyll And Bute
PA23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Face-to-face sessions take place in a top floor flat – there are 4 flights of stairs to reach it. If this is a problem, let me know and we can discuss alternative arrangements. There is on-street parking, and a bus stop at the end of the street.

Availability

I currently have early morning, afternoon and evening sessions available.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Social

Becky Stokes BSc (Hons) PgDip MBACP

Becky Stokes BSc (Hons) PgDip MBACP