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Stephanie McKenzie - BA, Pgdip, BABCP, COSCA.

Doune, Stirlingshire, FK16
07731440200
Doune, Stirlingshire, FK16

About me

Fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) Stephanie McKenzie BA Pgdip BABCP COSCA.

During the COVID-19 situation I am offering remote access for CBT. I'm currently available for online sessions via Zoom or by telephone. If you are experiencing difficulty during this extraordinary time, please let me know and we can start by having a chat by telephone initially.

I am usually available for 1-1 CBT sessions in my therapy room, or within your own home, or online sessions can also be arranged via Zoom of psychotherapy for various mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression, anger issues, low self-esteem, and addiction issues etc.

Our initial assessment session will be to ascertain if CBT is the therapy most suited to you. If it agreed that CBT is not suited for you, I will direct you to what I feel would most benefit you. If you are suited for CBT and you choose to proceed with me, then from here on, it is likely we will meet weekly or fortnightly for 5-20 CBT sessions.

Our first session will usually start by us agreeing our agenda of what we will be working on together that day, then you will be encouraged to share what your story is (as in what has led you to be here). In our therapy sessions, we will always agree our agenda at the beginning of the session then continue to work together with what you bring to each session, as in we will work in the here and now, to look at working through your presenting current issues. I will also ask you questions about your past life and background. Although CBT concentrates on the here and now, at times you may need to talk about the past to understand how it is affecting you now.

How CBT will be delivered:

​CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist or as part of a group. At Sparc-CBT I concentrate on the individual, in a 1-1 environment. The number of sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with.

This will usually be between six and twenty sessions, typically of an hour long, in a confidential space to allow us to work together to explore your reasons for coming.

As your Therapist I can help you to notice any patterns in thinking or behaviours, which might be keeping problems going, and can offer information about different CBT techniques (strategies and tools) which could help.

​You and I, will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. I will not tell you what to do, instead I will encourage you to talk about what’s going on for you in a way to uncover the root cause and consider your specific ways of thinking that may not be helpful to you. Together we will set an action plan and set goals, which we will review regularly to see if they are working or not. If they are working then we will continue, however, if they aren’t, then we will try something else until we do find ways that help you cope and resolve your areas of difficulty.

​CBT involves hard work during and between sessions e.g. keeping track of what you are thinking, feeling and doing, or trying out new ways of thinking or acting. I will not make decisions for you. I will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. As your therapist I will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in between our sessions to support you in coping outwith the therapy room and beyond in your daily life after your treatment ends.

​We will use a variety of tools and strategies to create a more helpful pattern of being.

Getting Started:

Please contact me for an initial chat where you can ask me questions to help you decide if you want to book a session on my Sparc-CBT Therapy Facebook page, or by telephone or by e-mail.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a BA Graduate in Community Education also graduated with a SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork, A Cognitive Behavioural Approach, with 23 years professional experience in a wide variety of Youth Support and Community roles. I have a proven track record of delivering expert advice and support to a range of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

These roles have enabled me to develop in-depth experience and knowledge of working sensitively with children, young people and adults, often within challenging situations such as mental health issues, disabilities and a variety of addictions including substance and alcohol misuse.

Being trained and experienced in the use of Person Centred counselling and graduated as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT Therapist), as well as being a highly effective communicator, I am able to engage with people at all levels and have extensive experience of interacting with individuals.

Having dealt in crisis intervention and addictions throughout my career I am confident and competent in communicating with people on all levels, with strong ability to be an empathic, effective, congruent helper responding in a sensitive manner to people facing difficult situations.

29th March Harnessing the Power of Emotion in Couples Therapy PESI UK

21-22nd March 2020 UK Suicide Prevention Summit 10 webinar sessions Mental Health Academy

11th September 2019 Older Women and Alcohol Training by TCA and Dundee City Council.

6th August 2019 GDPR Training at TCA Perth.

11th June 2019 Attendee at ACEs to Assets:Fostering Resilience in a Stressed Culture Conference with Dr. Gabor Mate.

13th February 2018 GDPR Training at TCA Dundee.

2016 – 2018 Graduated at the Centre of Therapy after completing 2 Year SCOTACS Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork a Cognitive Behavioural Approach

2014 PDA Professional Teaching qualification (ongoing) 2009 ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training, Falkirk Council 2008 Mental Health First Aid Course, Falkirk Council 2005 Duke of Edinburgh Leader Award

Member organisations

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Private Counselling:

Our initial assessment session will be to ascertain if CBT is the therapy most suited to you. From here on it is likely we will meet weekly or fortnightly for 6-20 sessions.

The next session will usually start by us agreeing our agenda of what to discuss that day. In our therapy sessions, we will work together with what you bring to each session, as in we will work in the here and now, to look at working through your presenting current issues. I will also ask you questions about your past life and background. Although CBT concentrates on the here and now, at times you may need to talk about the past to understand how it is affecting you now.

​We will use a variety of tools and strategies to create a more helpful pattern of being.

​1-1 sessions available in my therapy room, or home visits or via Skype/Zoom.

​Initial assessment - £20

​Counselling sessions (1 hour) - £50

​Students or low income session (1 hour) - £40

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Doune
Stirlingshire
FK16

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

Therapy room has small step on access

Availability

During the COVID-19 situation I am available for a choice of appointments, including on-line via Zoom, or telephone.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Stephanie McKenzie - BA, Pgdip, BABCP, COSCA.

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