Susan Dobson BA(Hons), PG Dip
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Making the decision to come to counselling can be a difficut one, there may be a particular situation or set of circumstances that leave you feeling in need of support, you may be struggling with anxiety, depression or generally feel as if you're less able to cope than you normally would. You may feel isolated and alone despite having close relationships with family and friends, or there may be relationship issues that you need support to explore and understand. Whatever the reason, having a trained professional who will carefully listen to you, offer you acceptance and empathy can make all the difference to how you see yourself and your circumstances.
It is not uncommon for individuals to feel under pressure from family, friends and loved ones to move through difficult circumstances, or indeed we may put pressure on ourselves to move to a better place quickly. It is my hope that we are able to form a strong working relationship which allows you the space to explore issues of concern to you and to reach you own decision about what, if anything, might need to change. You may find that a couple of sessions gives you the capacity to find a way forward in your life, or you may be looking for longer term support, I am able to work at your pace and can negotiate session timings and length to best meet your needs.
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist offering individual counselling to adults and young people. While my core training is in person centred counselling and psychotherapy, I have experience in supporting people in a variety of settings and can draw on a range of approaches to support you in exploring your circumsances and finding a way forward, including mindfullness, motivational interviewing and CBT. My hope is that our work together will support you in identifying your strengths and potential for growth, that you'll become more resilient and be able to live with a sense of purpose.
As part of my committment to ongoing professional development, I am currently studying with a view to obtaining an MA in Trauma Studies from the University of Nottingham.
My experience extends to practice within a private counselling agency offering short and long term counselling, working with local authorities and in the voluntary sector, latterly as Service Manager for the ChildLine Helpline.
I operate my private practice from a dedicated counselling room in my home in Cumbernauld.
What to expect:-
In any counselling approach, research shows that the relationship you have with your counsellor is key in bringing about positive change. Our first session is really about getting a sense of each other, to see if I might be the right fit for you. I would want to explore the reasons you've decided to seek counselling and talk through the support I can offer with the issues that are concerning you.. There's some admin to complete too, to make sure you understand the way I work, my confidentiality policy and how I keep records of our sessions.
Sessions are usually an hour long and many people chose to come for weekly appointments and generally people find that 5 or 6 sessions is enough to help them find a way through their circumstances. You might chose to come less frequently, opt for longer sessions, decide a set number of sessions or want to work on a longer term basis. All of those options are open to you in deciding to work with me.
If you have any questions or concerns about coming to counselling, or would like to explore whether you'd like to book an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone or email. Alternately you might want to visit my website which contains further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy - Stirling University
BA(Hons) in Social Work - Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Diploma in Health & Social Care - Open University
i have also undertaken the following additional training:
- ASIST suicide intervention
- Working with male victims of domestic abuse (Respect)
- Working with trauma
- Motivational interviewing
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
Face to face counselling : £35.00 per hour
Telephone counselling : £35.00 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am able to offer appointments on weekday mornings, evenings and Saturday mornings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|