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No two people are the same. I will work with you to create an environment where you feel safe to trust me and the counselling process.
I am trained to work with a wide range of skills and techniques from various counselling theories. Once you have set your goal, I will suggest techniques and approaches that we could work with together, ultimately, it is your choice and if you find an approach isn't working for you, we will find another.
Approaches and techniques which I use are: EMDR, CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Constructive Therapy, and somatic therapy.
I am fully qualified and highly experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor, psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner with over 25 years experience working within the NHS and third sector: supporting adults and young people to identify and explore issues, situations and emotions which are causing distress in their lives and support them to take action and move forward.
I will work with you with respect and as an individual. I will not judge you or give you advice. I will support you to identify what you want to achieve from counselling and together we will set goals and review our work. I have the skills and experience to help you through this process.
You will receive a service from me which is tailored to meet your needs, which supports you to face the issues/emotions which are causing you distress and take action: not only will you have my support within the face to face sessions but if appropriate I can provide you with reading materials and strategies which you can focus on in between sessions; referrals to organisations/services and provide written reports if required.
As an accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I have undertaken a robust assessment by the BACP which involves the submission of written work on theory and practice, a case study and supporting supervisors report. I have been proven " to meet the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner" and approved to receive accreditation status. I have recently, in April 2023 have been successfully audited by BACP and have been assessed that my continuing professional development, supervision and indemnity insurance have met the register standards.
It can be a difficult decision choosing a counsellor, I would happy to have an informal chat with you prior to make any appointments.
What is EMDR?
Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of trauma and disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy demonstrates that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
With trauma a moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.
EMDR featured on BBC Radio 4’s IPM recently. The programme told the story of a woman revisiting intense experiences of being bullied very early in life. Listen to her story here:
Training, qualifications & experience
EMDR Training (All Levels 1,2,3) - Richman EMDR Training
Masters of Education - Northern College of Further Education
PostGraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Abertay
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Education - Northern College of Further Education
Bachelor of Design (Hons) Ceramics - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Certificate in Art Therapy - Edinburgh University Settlement
As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I have to ensure that I complete at least 30 hours training each year. I receive training each year in child and adult protection and additional training which supports my development as a therapist and enhances my work with clients.
I have undertaken specialist counselling training in Alcohol misuse and Eating Disorders: have extensive specialist training in Mental health and Wellbeing: Suicide Prevention: Health Behavioural Change Coaching and Mindfulness Training.
Through my work with trauma I have a growing interest in how the brain works and how trauma impacts on both our bodies and minds. I incorporate somatic healing techniques in my work with clients. I have specialist training in trauma work, working with shame, self doubt and how trauma affects the limbic system.
I have extensive experience in working with young people and adults.
I have experience of supporting young people to understand their emotions and feelings and manage distress in relation to the following areas and learn strategies to cope with: trauma and distress, living in a step family/divorce and separation; domestic abuse; alcohol misuse - (either their own or that of a parent/family member); self harm; low self esteem and self confidence, body image; depression, anxiety and anger; loss, uncertainty, change, gender and sexuality.
I also have experience of supporting adults with similar issues, in addition to these I have supported adults with the following issues; long term health conditions, mental health problems, trauma, bereavement, personal assault, addiction, relationship issues and loss of hope.
I am an experienced trainer and groupwork facilitator in mental health and wellbeing groups and courses, including Scotlands Mental Health First Aid course. I deliver counselling groups on anxiety, building self esteem and self confidence; anger; creativity and wellbeing.
Referrals to other agencies/services
I have an extensive understanding of support organisations and services in Dundee and Angus, and comprehensive referral routes which can be utilised by any of my clients who wish to do so.
I have personal insurance and a current Disclosure Scotland check. I am an accredited member of the BACP, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I work within the ethical guidelines of the BACP and have a confidentiality policy which I will discuss with you.
I have monthly supervision which is a quality control mechanism to ensure that I am working in the best possible way with clients.
Please see my website for more information about me and how i work.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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 I deal with
£80.00 per session
I am currently working with adults and young people over 16 years old. I always work with a small caseload of clients to ensure that I am fully present whilst working with clients and can work effectively with the emotional demands of this role.
I have late afternoon, evening and weekend availability
My fees reflect my experience, expertise, skills and the quality of service that you will receive. Outwith sessions, if required and with the consent of the client I will also liaise with GP’s, Primary and Secondary care, colleges and universities and advocate on behalf of my clients.
My fees are £80 per session
When I work
Evening and weekend appointments
Accredited Member of the BACP
"Because of working with Theresa I was able to look in the mirror and recognise myself again".
"I found talking to Theresa very easy from the start because she is genuinely interested in you as a person and is very quick to grasp the situation. She opened up new lines of thought and introduced me to some techniques which helped enormously both in the short term and long term giving me more confidence to face situations and deal with some issues. ". Male client
"Theresa has been wonderful to work with over the past few months. She has a warm and welcoming personality that put me at ease almost immediately and which made the sometimes daunting task of talking about myself much easier to do. She's an excellent listener and what's more really seems to hear the things you say, reflecting and remembering for later. She's flexible in her methods and offers you the chance to do things the way that works best for you, whatever that might be.
Theresa has really helped me think through things and put structures in place for dealing with anything that life might throw at me, making me more confident and content right here and now. I've enjoyed our sessions and would highly recommend her to anyone for a kind and encouraging counsellor in Tayside". Female Client
"Theresa really is interested in you as a person, and really listens to what you have to say. She works in a way which suits me and has helped me tremendously in dealing with my issues and becoming more self reliant" Male Client
"Going to counselling with Theresa is one of the most useful things I have ever done. It has really increased my confidence and had a very positive impact on my relationships with those closest to me. Theresa is a sensitive and caring professional who encourages you to take responsibility for your own emotional wellbeing in a support ive way. She made me challenge my own roles and behaviour and those of others in my life. This encouraged me to look at my life afresh and to adopt strategies that helped me feel happier and more in control". Female Client