Shona MacIver BSc; PGCE; Adv. Dip.; MA; Registered Member BACP

Shona MacIver BSc; PGCE; Adv. Dip.; MA; Registered Member BACP

Manning Road
PE10 9ET

07927 926585

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About me

The last time I wrote on my Counselling Directory site the clocks had just gone forward and now I realise that we are past the longest day and heading into shorter evenings. This serves as a reminder to me that time goes quickly and life is short.

Bearing this in mind, I would remind everyone to make the most of the time they have. If you feel that your life could be better and that you could be happier, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I can help you work through problems and make any changes you require, or if you don’t feel that change is possible, help you to come to an acceptance of your situation, which may, in time, change anyway.

I offer confidentiality and three core conditions:
empathy, seeing things from your point of view and conveying that back to you; unconditional positive regard, simply, never judging you; and congruence, put simply, being honest.

I cannot really explain why but these core conditions, combined with a neutral setting and person, and confidentiality, help people move forward in their search for an improvement in their lives but my experience is that it does work.

If this all sounds a bit heavy going I will add that a key feature of most of my sessions is laughter: possibly nature's best medicine. And I’m certain it’s impossible to overdose on it!

If you decide to see me I will offer you the above conditions. I will just add that although most people come to see me feeling nervous few leave that way. Most tell me how relaxed and conversational it has been.

If you feel you have problems or issues that would benefit from some confidential airing please contact me at
Rainbow-Counselling ( or 0792 7926585. I am not interested in giving a hard sell but I am happy to explain more about how I work and you can decide whether it feels right for you.

If you want to find out a little more about me I have a new Facebook page called Rainbow-Counselling (rainbow-counselling@sunshineinbourne) and a website ( I welcome comments from past or interested new clients.

I am a very well trained, professionally Registered, person centred counsellor with over a thousand hours of counselling under my belt, and I help you take charge of the counselling sessions and your life. It is not always easy to come to counselling but few people quit once they have started and when they come to the end they feel they are in a better place.

I use a number of different skills to help you resolve your issues. They are simple but effective and are easily understood.
We work together on an even footing; you are the expert on your life but by co-operating we can help you achieve your recognised aims.

Once we have met face to face and are comfortable together, I am prepared to offer telephone or online counselling, if that fits in better with your life. I should add, though, that I feel face to face counselling is more effective, as being clear on body language (a two way thing) and being in a neutral place is helpful for counselling to move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications:

MA (Merit) Counselling - University of Nottingham

AQA - Diploma in Counselling (Advanced)
AQA - Certificate in Counselling (Advanced)
AQA - Certificate in Counselling (Intermediate)
AQA - Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Concepts

PGCE (Biology and General Science) - Moray House College of Education (Edinburgh)

BSc (Zoology) - University of Aberdeen

Continuing Professional Development

Certificate of Achievement: Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT -University of Reading (online)

Stress and Anxiety training, facilitated by Ray Tempest of the CCC

Writing for Wellbeing - organised by Cruse

Online events CPD (online) various and ongoing

Certification of Achievement: Understanding depression and low mood in young people - University of Reading (online)

Certificate of Achievement: Creating Moments of Joy for People with Alzheimer's, Purdue University (online)

Working with Dementia - Salvation Army training

Certificate of Achievement: Young People and their Mental Health - University of Groningen, University of Cambridge, University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)


My interest in counselling began over fifteen years ago; whilst working as an NHS Health Promotion Specialist, with a remit for young people and sexual health, I attended a  training course on Motivational Interviewing. Subsequently I have worked with young people with social/behavioural issues, which included a high level of mentoring which I realised was closely related to counselling. At this point I started my formal training, ultimately achieving an MA (with Merit) in Counselling from Nottingham University.

During and after my training I have covered issues as diverse as the legacies of childhood incest, rape, post traumatic stress disorder, relationship/family problems, money/employment concerns, bereavement and suicide threats/attempts. When appropriate I have successfully, ethically, dealt with NHS GPs and mental health specialists in relation to client issues.

If you are interested in counselling but unsure whether it is for you please feel free to give me a call - I am not interested in giving a "hard sell" but I am happy to explain anything you are unsure about. In addition, you can find extra information on my website at:

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As a fully qualified, and experienced, secondary teacher, who has worked in secondary schools and Further Education Colleges, I have a lot of experience of working with young adults. I am knowledgeable about many of the personal issues that affect their mental health and about the educational issues that can put great pressure on young people.

I have worked in the NHS, as a Health Promotion Specialist, so have a great deal of
theoretical, and not a little practical, experience of helping people change health related behaviour.


I charge

  • £35 for an adult 60 minute session
  • £52.50 for a 90 minute session
  • If during a 60 minute session you feel that you need longer I will extend to a 90 minute session and charge accordingly.

For corporate clients I charge £50 per session, and £40 per session for ten or more sessions, within a three month period, whether or not they are with the same client.

Reluctantly, I have to charge a £10 cancellation fee if I do not get 24 hours warning of a cancelled appointment.

Maps & Directions

Bourne, PE10 9ET

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Availability: Monday - 9.15am - 5.30pm; Tuesday - 9.15am - 8pm; Wednesday - 9.15am - 3.00pm; Thursday - 4.30pm - 7.30pm; Friday - 9am - 4pm; Saturday - 0900 - 1200

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme