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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Manning Road
PE10 9ET

07927 926585

About me

As Summer begins to merge into Autumn we can look at this change in two ways: the end of a beautiful summer with its hot days and not much cooler evenings this year, or we can view it as a move into a new season with the beauty of trees changing colour and shorter days giving a chance to light the fire, or at least some candles as darkness begins to fall.

How we react to this change can be an indication of how we react to change generally: we can embrace the good in it or we can mourn the passing of what had gone before. Change is one of the hardest things we can do as humans and often it is useful to have a little help in coping with it.

Change is a factor in many of my client interactions and it is an area where I am comfortable working.

I do this confidentially and using three core conditions:
empathy, seeing things from you, the client's, 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 believe its impossible to overdose on it!

If you decide to see me I will offer you a confidential service with 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). 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.

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)


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.

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 adolescents and 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
  • £50 per 90 minute sessions
  • I do not do longer than 60 minute sessions with minors as I feel 60 minutes is long enough.
  • 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.

Further information

                                                                 Want to give up smoking?

What smoker doesn't, if they are being honest? I have received the NHS "Helping People Change" training whilst working as a Health Promotion Specialist, and have experience of running Stop Smoking groups within the NHS. Generally the process involves five or six sessions, at the discretion of the group, and the ideal group size is four to six people.
Get in touch, what have you to lose except an expensive, dangerous habit?

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:

Maps & Directions

Bourne, PE10 9ET

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


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