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Counselling and Psychotherapy

 in Stirlingshire and West Dunbartonshire

Counselling Approach

There are a number of different models of counselling and psychotherapy and I use an integrated approach which draws on ideas and techniques from a number of models, primarily person-centred counselling, Gestalt therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. This means that I can tailor my approach to what best meets the needs of each individual client.

However, central to my work, as a counsellor is a belief in the importance of listening without judging, and helping you, as the client, to understand and be able to acknowledge the source of what is troubling you so that you are in a better position to deal with it. Sometimes talking through difficult life circumstances, facing painful feelings or seeing a situation in a different light is enough to bring relief. However, you may have a specific change you would like to make in your behaviour or thinking patterns - in this case the work will become more focused and I may use therapeutic techniques to help you become more aware of any hidden thoughts and feelings which are driving unhelpful behaviours or ways of seeing the world.

If you are suffering from a mental health difficulty such as depression or  severe stress you may wish to attend counselling and

psychotherapy alongside medical treatment or as an alternative. Either of these can work well and it is entirely your choice.  

It is difficult to know at the outset how many appointments you will need. Sometimes a single session will prove helpful, and quite often clients find 3 or 4 sessions enough to make a difference, whilst others benefit from working over a period of months. I will review progress with you regularly and it is always your decision at the end of each session whether or not you wish to make another appointment.


Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CHM, Glasgow)

Certificate in Counselling Skills (COSCA)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy with individuals and families

Introduction to CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

I am a registered member of the  British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

I am also a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland