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Find a counsellor in Scotland

Why come to Counselling?

Most people at some time in their lives experience difficulties or problems and feel they are going through a rough patch. It is often hard to speak to family and friends about these worries and there is a need at these times to speak to someone who will listen and understand and accept us as we are.

There are many reasons why people come for counselling. A few examples are:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems
  • Low self esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Major life changes

Counselling offers you the opportunity to find out more about yourself and how to deal with your problems. Through listening and responding in a caring, accepting and honest way, the counsellor creates the conditions for you to explore those difficulties and issues that are causing your anxiety.

The Person Centred Approach

There are many different approaches to counselling and therapy. The Person Centred Approach is based on a deep respect for the person and the belief that the relationship between the counsellor and the client is of primary importance. It is the client who knows what hurts and has the capacity within the safety of a therapeutic relationship to begin a healing process.

The essential qualities which we believe create a safe, supportive and challenging therapeutic environment include:

  • A deep acceptance of the person
  • A desire to understand that person
  • A commitment to being genuine in the relationship

These qualities, offered professionally and consistently, are the central and distinctive characteristics of the Person Centred Approach.

What do practitioners offer?

Practitioners offer some or all of the following:

  • Individual counselling & therapy
  • Couple, family and group counselling
  • Brief counselling
  • Supervision (individual & group)
  • Group facilitation & training

Practitioners work in a variety of settings including:

  • Private Practice
  • GP Practices
  • Hospitals
  • Social Work Departments
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Academic Institutions
  • Workplaces
  • Specialist Counselling Agencies

Practitioners Fees:

Counsellors in private practice set their own fees which vary between £40 and £60 per hour, although some also operate a sliding scale. It is advisable to discuss fees when you first make contact.

How to find a Person Centred Counsellor in your area

Our Directory of Counsellors identifies counsellors throughout Scotland. Each individual entry includes details of location, qualifications, services offered, accessibility and fees. You can also use the Search for a Counsellor tool to use criteria to tailor your search.

  • First published on 19 Mar 2012
    Last updated 21 Sep 2020
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