The Spark Counselling (West)
The Spark Counselling is a COSCA approved counselling provider offering couple counselling, marriage counselling, individual counselling and family counselling. From our locations in Paisley and Irvine, counselling sessions with are available for face-to-face, telephone and online counselling. All of our counsellors are members of one or more of the following: COSCA, BACP, AFT or OTI (Online Therapy Institute).
With over 50 years experience The Spark are specialists in relationship counselling for couples and families.
Located in Paisley and Irvine we provide counselling services Scotland-wide with centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Inverclyde, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Paisley & Stirling.
Training, qualifications & experience
All counsellors at The Spark are trained to Diploma level and it is university accredited. The ethos of the organisation is lifelong learning and so it is expected that our Counsellors training will continue throughout their work as a counsellor. They must complete a minimum of 18 hours continuous professional development (CPD) per year and receive regular supervision in line with the code of ethics for good practice.
It is expected that their development as a practitioner will continue to MSc level, which is the new entry level for couple therapy within The Spark. Some of our counsellors having achieved the MSc will continue their striving to achieve a Doctorate. All The Spark counsellors are members of one or more of the following: COSCA, BACP or AFT, with some also registered with Online Therapy Institute (OTI).
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Affairs and betrayals
The Spark aims to make counselling as affordable as possible and financial issues are not a barrier to investing in short term marriage, couples or individual counselling therapy. There is a small registration fee that is deducted from the cost of counselling.
Contact The Spark to discuss your requirements as we always aim to work with clients to find solutions that enable access to our counselling services.