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MBACP, PgDip, SKH Footprints Counselling and Pawprints A.A.T

About me

Is life getting you down? At times we can feel as if we are not being heard. Counselling provides a space for you to be really listened to. Talking to someone can help and make you feel less alone. I have experience in supporting people of all ages and backgrounds facing a wide range of issues. I offer a warm, friendly, professional, confidential counselling service in a safe and comfortable environment.

Prior to the first session I offer a free, confidential telephone consultation which lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes. It is important that you find the right counsellor for you and this gives us the opportunity to talk to each other with no obligation, discuss what you're looking to gain from counselling and what I offer. You can then decide whether you wish to proceed with a counselling session.

Clients have the option of Animal Assisted Therapy which involves having my  therapy dog Rocco in the session.

Footprints - Individual Counselling
Life's footprints leave impressions on the person we are. Sometimes it feels as if there is no one we can turn to when we experience difficulties in our life. This can leave us confused, angry, afraid, alone and hopeless. It can mean we feel isolated, anxious, depressed with a lack of confidence and self belief. I will offer you a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space in which you can explore life's challenges.
My clients come from all walks of life but they all have one thing in common. They have all decided they want to talk to someone about feelings and issues that are troubling them.

Pawprints - Counselling with Animal Assisted Therapy
I have a 'Therapy Dog' called Rocco. Some of my clients like my dog to be with them in the room when they come to counselling. Clients tell me that being able to stroke and be with Rocco helps them feel more at ease. That Rocco helps to relieve some of the tension and anxiety surrounding therapy. The option to have Rocco in the room would be discussed prior to our first session.

Walk and Talk - Weather permitting I offer the option of Walk and Talk Therapy. Some clients find talking outside more relaxing and less stressful. They find the combination of gentle exercise and walking side by side with their therapist in the countryside helps them to move forward both physically and mentally.

Outdoors in the Garden - I have a lovely secluded garden. Some clients like to sit in the garden rather than being inside or walking. If the weather changes we can always move inside.


I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work in accordance with their ethical framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post graduate diploma in counselling - University of Strathclyde.
  • ASIST suicide intervention training.
  • Adults at Risk.
  • Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling
  • Understanding Autism - NCFE Level 2 - Scottish level 5
  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems - NCFE Level 2 - Scottish level 5
  • Respect Me - Bullying it's never Acceptable.
  • Child Protection Training, Emotional Abuse and Neglect.
  • Children and Young People’s Concerns.
  • Domestic Abuse and links to Child Sexual Abuse..

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Online Counselling - Through counselling on line via videocall it is possible to access support that is very like a normal face to face session. We will still be able to see each other and your confidentiality will be maintained. Sessions would run as normal and you will know that I am there listening to you and responding in the moment exactly as if we were in the same room. You will need to ensure that you have time set aside for the session and that you won’t be overheard or disturbed so that your sessions can be as effective as if you and I were in the same room.
Sessions last 1 hour and the fee is £40 . Payment is made in advance to guarantee the session through BACS bank transfer.

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Fees are £40 per session and sessions will last an hour. Frequency depends on the individual's needs. 

When I work

Day and evening appointments available. 

Further information

Why Counselling?

Understanding the PAST
Experiencing the PRESENT
to Realise the FUTURE


Counselling can help you:-

  • Feel supported during a difficult time in your life.
  • Express and explore your thoughts and feelings.
  • Gain insight and understanding.
  • Reduce / eliminate troubling symptoms and learn how cope more effectively.
  • Feel calmer and more peaceful.
  • Learn how to create and enjoy more satisfying, healthier relationships.
  • Become more accepting of yourself and others.
  • Enhance your self-esteem.


Why a Counsellor?

  • It can be difficult to talk to people you are close to about issues which you may feel embarrassed, ashamed or guilty about and which you may wish to keep private.
  • It can be difficult for people who are close to you to be detached and impartial.
  • A counsellor will offer a safe, non judgemental space in which you can explore your issues.
  • Confidentiality is a very important aspect of the counselling relationship.

Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

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