Coronavirus update:

Scottish Government on 16/11/2020:

“Support services, such as … one to one therapy and counselling, can operate face to face, where they are essential for people’s wellbeing and remote delivery is not possible.”

This means that for a limited number of people who, for whatever reason, can’t manage sessions by video call or phone, I can offer one to one appointments in person in the Southside of Glasgow. Do get in touch if you think this is you.

Unfortunately, for everyone else we need to stay online or by phone. The choice of mode is yours. I am finding that, while not ideal, it is still possible to work at considerable depth using these methods.

The room I use is quite small but adequately ventilated. I take all precautions to avoid infection and leave large gaps of time between client sessions so that I can open windows, clean all surfaces and change the chair arm covers. Please call if you want to discuss these measures.

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Changes

Due to the current health crisis, I won’t be able to see you in person. I know that it is not ideal meeting by videocall or by phone, but actually I find there is still a lot of good work can be done. Some people even find it easier. We can talk about what works best for you.

This has also meant I have had to leave the Southside Counselling and Therapy Centre in the meantime and will most likely be using different premises to meet you in person as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Moving

I am delighted to tell you I have joined the Southside Counselling and Therapy Centre at their premises in Shawlands at 3 Carment Drive, Glasgow G41 3PP. This is just off Kilmarnock Road and very easy to get to. The rooms there are spacious and bright and there are a variety of counsellors and health practitioners there too. See you there!

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Counselling by numbers

Counselling is useful in a variety of ways, for working through difficult stuff, for support, for focusing on things too difficult to face alone, too private to share with friends and family, or for saying things out loud which you’ve never said out loud before.

Person-centred counselling is a way of sorting things out from the inside and therefore, in my experience, of making changes that last. By helping my client listen more closely to themselves, something they may never have truly done before, they learn a new skill which they can keep and which helps them make better decisions which are more suited to them and the future they seek. But don’t just take my word for it.

mum and jess out for a relaxing forest walk

In a survey by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2010, it was found that 94% of us now think it’s ok seek counselling for anxiety and depression. One in five of us had consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist at some time, and 88% of people thought it should be available on the NHS. My experience of working as a counsellor in an NHS GP centre certainly proved the value of counselling and demonstrated the connection between health and happiness. The doctors within the practice were also enthusiastic about the contribution counselling made to their service.

Here’s a quote from the research findings: ‘ … nearly 95% of those polled believe that “it is a good idea to seek counselling or psychotherapy for a problem before it gets out of hand”, while 88% thought that “people might be happier if they took action to talk to a counsellor or psychotherapist about their problems”‘

For the Guardian article on the BACP survey, follow this link: Guardian article

And for statistical evidence on the effeciveness of counselling from BACP itself, follow this one: BACP research

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