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So you are thinking about counselling?

Whether you are seeking support during a difficult time, or you are looking to make sense of yourself and how you are feeling, or you need help to make a change, or maybe you are just feeling generally dissatisfied with life, I know that it can be tough to reach out and ask for help. However, it is an incredibly brave step towards healing, recovery and change.

Let me tell you a bit about me and what working together would involve, so you can decide if I am the right Counsellor to step alongside you.

I am an experienced professional and qualified Counsellor, and I work in a person-centred way. This means that:

  • I will work with you in an open, non-judgmental and empathic way in order for us to build an effective therapeutic relationship based on honesty and trust.
  • I will offer you a safe and compassionate space to unpack your thoughts and feelings and so we can carefully explore your experiences and emotions.
  • This counselling process is about you and so whatever you want to work on in counselling is what we will work on. Whether it is something specific or something that you are finding hard to define, we will work together to explore this in a deeper and empowering way.
  • I will work with you and the person that you are as a whole, not your diagnosis. If you are newly diagnosed or living long-term with either a physical health or mental health diagnosis, it can be overwhelming and difficult to process. But also hard not to be defined as a person by that label. However,  any diagnosis is only one part of you, you are so much more!
  • We will go at your pace. Everyone is different and is bringing something different to counselling so how many sessions are needed and how quickly progress is made will be personal to you. Therefore, we will work at the pace that is right for you.
  • Regular sessions are important in order for us to develop a strong counselling relationship, so generally we would meet weekly or fortnightly, but counselling can be challenging, and so I aim to be flexible in order to adapt to changes in what you need from counselling.
  • I will not tell you what to do as I am not the expert on you or your life. But when we feel overwhelmed, lost or distressed we can lose connection with ourselves and struggle to make choices or find a way through. Therefore, what I will do is to help you to hear your own voice more clearly and deepen your relationship with yourself so that you can feel surer about what is best for you.

Prior to training as a Counsellor, I was a Health Professional, working as a Dietitian across the UK for nearly 20 years, in both the NHS and the private sector. During this part of my career, I learned a great deal about human behaviour and how to effectively support people to make positive changes in their lives with the aim of improving their physical health and/or mental health and wellbeing. I gained much understanding about how complex our relationship with food and eating can be. And that fundamentally, there is an vitally important relationship between our bodies and our minds, with both needing care and attention for optimum health and wellbeing.

As a person I would describe myself as warm, compassionate and open. I believe that the many challenging life experiences that I have faced have enabled me to be naturally empathic, accepting and real. This allows me to offer people a deep therapeutic connection within our counselling relationship.

I am a member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA). I, therefore, work within their ethical frameworks and best practice guidelines. I am also fully insured.

** Update January 2021** I currently offer counselling sessions via telephone or online only at present.  I will return to in person counselling as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please get in touch me if you would like to chat some more about working together or to book a counselling session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

Current:

  • T L Whyte Counselling, Aberdeen
  • Child and Young People Counsellor, GREC, Aberdeen

Previous:

  • Counsellor, Cairns Counselling, Aberdeen
  • Counsellor, TimeforTalking (The TCS Group), Aberdeen
  • Counsellor, Dundee Carers Centre, Dundee
  • Counsellor, Childline Aberdeen

Qualifications & Training

  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People, University of Strathclyde - currently ongoing.
  • How to do counselling online - A coronavirus primer, Openlearn/BACP Course
  • What can Person-Centred Counsellors learn from Neuroscience?, Aberdeen Counselling Forum Workshop
  • Postgraduate Diploma (with Commendation) in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Aberdeen
  • Working with Trauma and the Person-Centred Approach, Greenwood Events, Edinburgh
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), NHS Grampian, Aberdeen
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills - Modules 1 & 2, University of Aberdeen
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics with State Registration, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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

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.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Disordered eating
  • Chronic/long term medical conditions
  • Chronic pain/Fibromyalgia

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

I charge £45 per session and each session is 1 hour.

I do offer concession rates so please get in touch to discuss this further.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

**UPDATE January 2021 - I am moving to Online and Telephone Counselling only for the time being. I will return to In Person Counselling as soon as it is safe to do so. **

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Availability

I offer sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus also some on Saturdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

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Toby Whyte BSc (Hons), PG Dip CMCOSCA MBACP

Toby Whyte BSc (Hons), PG Dip CMCOSCA MBACP