Shelagh Dougall, COSCA Accred., Reg. MBACP
Our work together will always be tailored to you as an individual and to whatever it is you choose to talk about each week.
Sometimes people come saying, "this is what's going on with me, but I don't know why". In this case, counselling is a bit like detective work, working things out together.
Other times, people are very clear what is wrong or why and can feel stuck or hopeless. Then, counselling is more about helping you to work through all that is happening with you. In this case, it is likely that you will achieve improved mood, functioning and outlook over time.
I work with adults, young people and children. Sometimes people only need to come for a few weeks while others prefer to work over the longer term.
Here are some comments made by clients in our final evaluation session (shared with permission).
"Counselling is a place to talk about problems without being judged...a safe place to do this."
"I feel like I'm moving forward with my life."
"People told me that counselling was mumbo jumbo but it worked!"
"I am a more happy and confident individual and I can deal with tough situations with people/myself more easily. I've changed so much."
"I'm surprised at how quickly I managed to go back to feeling like myself."
"it helps you to talk about things that happened in the past or broken friendships."
"Counselling is something that can allow you to focus more on yourself despite everything else in your life. It gives you a chance to realise or understand more about yourself."
I have two ways of working. One is brief focal therapy, where we work together on a particular issue (perhaps anxiety, grief, friendship/family/relationship issues, bullying, self-harm, work or exam stress). Usually, there is a marked improvement in a short space of time (typically 3-6 weeks). The other way of working is over the longer term, perhaps even over a number of years, where we are able to work on deeper, longer-term issues. I have successfully worked with clients with, for example, PTSD, complex PTSD, alcohol issues, suicidal ideation/intent and issues arising from childhood sexual abuse.
Please feel free to contact me for an informal discussion about what is concerning you and to see if you would like to work with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling at Edinburgh University in 2011 and then the COSCA (the Scottish professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists) Diploma in Counselling in 2013.
I gained professional Accreditation with COSCA in May, 2017, and am also a Registered member of BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I worked in Primary schools for 2 years with Place2be and in secondary schools for the last 3 years. I also worked at Safe Space in Dunfermline for 4 years.
I offer brief focal therapy as well as long-term work, with men as well as women.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- 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)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
My fee is £50 per session, however, I am very happy to discuss with you what you feel you can afford.
I am a person-centred practitioner which I combine with various techniques or tools as appropriate to the presenting issues. So I might use CBT or mindfulness or relaxation techniques or sand-tray or other creative methods, for example, depending on the issues you raise. I will explain what I think and work with you on the way forward for you.
I prefer to work from home in Kirkliston (see photos of my work-space, above). I also have arrangements for access to counselling rooms in Edinburgh (near the university), Livingston and Dunfermline (also photo above). The Dunfermline practice is based at Hospital Hill and not the area shown here by Google Maps.
I particularly enjoy working with students, young people and children.
Much of my work has been with clients who have been deeply affected by childhood trauma (eg, sexual abuse). I am keen to continue working with people affected by trauma and would also like to work with other members of the family where one or more members have been affected by trauma (eg, parent, sibling).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have availability at various times Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|