- Location: EDAMH Building, G62 6RA, Glasgow, Milngavie, United Kingdom
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- Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
- Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork - a CBT Approach
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How I can help you
What's holding you back? What would you like to change in your life? Do you have any reservations about counselling? If so, I would love to hear from you as I am committed to helping more and more people overcome reluctance to try, and obstacles to accessing, therapy.
Is it really confidential? I take client confidentiality very seriously, going to the lengths I would want as a client.
Is it really non-judgmental? I don't expect clients to trust me immediately, but I know clients experience that non-judgmental acceptance either sooner or later, and find it so helpful and welcome.
Sometimes clients think they don't have a big enough problem, but really most of us can benefit from counselling at some point in our lives. Sometimes clients think their problems are too big or too long-standing for anything to help, then they wish they had sought help sooner when they realise how things can change. Some clients worry they won't know what to say, however that worry evaporates rapidly.
Online sessions can help overcome many practical difficulties and can be as effective as being in the same room. It's easy to get to grips with the technical side.
What to expect
In the first meeting you may feel anxious at first, that's understandable, but I can help you feel more at ease. Then you can tell me what brought you here and I can tell you about what I can offer. If you want to arrange sessions after our initial meeting, we can agree a time and day that suits you and begin. There is absolutely no pressure to arrange sessions nor to have more than you want.
What I love most about therapy is the way the 'Therapeutic Relationship' I have with a client can benefit them just by being that - an accepting, non-judgemental, empathic alliance serving the client's best interests. I feel very privileged to be so trusted by clients, to be allowed into their lives, their pain, their joys, to accompany them for a while on their unique journey.
What I love most about CBT is the way it can really change the way we feel and act by helping us change how we think and understand ourselves, others and the world. Often even a simple shift in perspective can make a significant difference. We can escape from vicious circles to victorious ones. We can learn to face and overcome our fears, to accept and manage our feelings. CBT can help with a wide range of difficulties as well as anxieties - including social anxiety, panic, phobias, OCD, Post-Traumatic Stress - depression, trauma, bereavement, grief, low self-esteem, relationship problems, long-term weight problems, Seasonal Affective Disorder and addictions. I have also found it very helpful for clients struggling post-abortion, particularly with Compassion Focused Therapy.
I feel CBT is often misrepresented - for example, if someone says CBT downplays the therapeutic relationship or doesn't deal with the past. CBT works through a good therapeutic relationship and, although focusing primarily on present difficulties, often requires exploring and understanding the past.
The first meeting is free of charge and completely free of obligation too. It lasts 30 minutes and gives us both the chance to see if CBT would be helpful and appropriate for you. It also, crucially, gives you the chance to see if you think you would be able to talk to, and work with, me.
Initial sessions involve introductions, some assessments using standard forms and discussion, and hearing an overview of what has brought you to therapy. Every session begins with an Agenda being agreed, and a brief pause for relaxation. Sessions are a safe place for the work we will do and are strictly protected by confidentiality and other ethical boundaries. (The rare limits to confidentiality are explained at the very start).
You are invited to set out your goals and then we can explore and agree on how to work towards them. If you have difficulty thinking about your goals we can work on that together. Your priorities are the priority. Your expertise on your life is always recognised and respected.
CBT involves 'homework' between sessions, which can take numerous forms and is agreed collaboratively between us. Much of the really valuable work that brings about change takes place between sessions, with the homework and, more generally, the practise of new habits and the processing of what we have covered.
Even although we agree to work together on a certain number of sessions then review the contract, you are not obliged financially to any number of sessions. The only financial 'obligation', as such, is to the next session if you have to cancel at very short notice. Otherwise, you are always free to decide you want fewer sessions than agreed. This would never be about securing your payments nor protecting my feelings - your interests are paramount.
If the times shown on the calendar don't suit please contact me to arrange a convenient time. I can be available at various times from Monday to Saturday and will reply to any messages as soon as possible, often within a couple of hours and certainly less than 24 (except on Sundays).
I work with adults - aged 18 and over on Plus Guidance, 16 and over in person..
I am a member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors), bound by their Ethical Standards and Code of Practice. I also have a current PVG from Disclosure Scotland.