Covid19 and Counselling – Why struggle on your own? These are very challenging and stressful times for some folk and certainly different and strange times for almost everyone. However, social distancing doesn’t mean you cant get help through these times. Every counsellor I know is working online and working remotely. This means that counsellors are there, ready to help you if you contact them.I know it may be difficult to get privacy for online counselling sessions but another perspective is that you are getting help in the comfort of your own home or safe place via your mobile phone, iPad or tablet. Online counselling means your counsellor doesn’t have to be a local one, they can simply be the one that seems right for you.You can find a counsellor in a few minutes by using any search engine or by looking up http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk and going through the profiles to find the right person for you, or by searching on http://www.cosca.org.uk/ Counsellors will use Zoom, Signal, or any video call platform that is safe and none of these platforms cost anything to use. I know it’s hard to take the first step to get help but it’s harder to continue on your own without getting help.
Please think about this – If you change nothing, nothing changes. Take care and stay safe
Hiya, just a quick update from me to say that I’m still available for counselling sessions for new clients as well as existing ones. If you are struggling with anything that I can help with (not toilet roll!) then simply get in touch.
As it stands, for the next few months I’ll be working from home in Portknockie four days a week and in my office in Huntly on Wednesdays. Due to the precautions necessary to minimise the effect of Covid-19 I’m also available via Skype for clients who’d prefer to stay at home. I’m being vigilant and ensuring anything that any of my clients come in contact with is sanitised before the client arrives and after they leave.
I intend to continue using this routine until another one is recommended.
Hopefully this will help with any questions anyone might have had regarding my practice.
If it isn’t and you’ve been considering giving counselling a try then just get in touch. This may be the year that you sort out the stuff that you’ve been hanging on to for too long.
I’ve got some spaces coming up that you could be booked into. If you want more info, drop me a message and we can go from there.
As you may know, I work with adults and children. I work from home in Portknockie, from my office in Huntly, and from Ardach Health Centre in Buckie.
One more trip down to Strathclyde University, Glasgow in late November and that will be my course completed as long as I pass the last assignments and practical assessments!
It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot from my tutor, guest tutors, and my fellow students.
After my course, I’m looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me. As I’m working with quite a few teenagers already, it’s been very rewarding, challenging sometimes, but always satisfying.
If you are a teenager and struggling a bit, have a look at my reviews and see if there are any comments from previous clients that you can relate to. It may give you some confidence that its okay to not be okay and seeing what someone else has written can make it easier to get in touch.
Since starting counselling I’ve now logged 1000 hours of counselling with clients!
To say I’m chuffed about this is an understatement. I’m also very grateful to all of the clients, who I’ve worked with in these first 1000 hours, that have trusted me with the issues that have been troubling them.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and to those who have supported me on Facebook by Liking and Sharing my posts. Without your support I wouldn’t be as busy as I am.
COUNSELLING NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
I returned from Strathclyde University on Saturday night and I’m delighted with how my course is going. I’m really enjoying it and am now able to extend my private practice to include under 18s. I’ve got a limited amount of spaces, so if you are under 18 and want counselling, or if you know someone who is under 18 and think they might benefit from counselling, let me know by contacting me on here or via my mobile or private message me via my Facebook page.
Counselling can help a young person work things out by giving them a safe space and the room to be heard, without judgement or criticism.
June 2018 saw the start of my counselling business and since then it has grown steadily into a full time practice spread across three locations!
I’m obviously delighted about this and would like to thank everyone who has helped me get up and running. It would be impossible to name everyone but I know that without the assistance I have received from everyone, I would not be in the position I am in right now.
So if you are one of my clients past or present, or if you’ve mentioned my practice to someone who has needed help, if you have promoted my business in any way, if you have guided me, supported me or generally kept me right then I am sincerely grateful for your help.
2019 has seen a busy start and it looks like this will continue but I wont take this for granted. I’ll continue to commit to every one of my clients as much as I did last year and if you can continue to promote my private practice as you did last year then I am very grateful for your support 🙂
NEWS ON CHILD COUNSELLING
For a few days in April and May I start a course in Strathclyde University to enable me to provide a counselling service for young people from the age of 11 years old. There is a need for this locally and at some point in the summer I’ll be looking to start working with young people from 11 years old and older.
“I would like to thank Ian for helping me get back on track. His style of counselling helped me open up and deal with my problem. I found Ian very easy to talk with and would highly recommend him to anyone”
“I would highly recommend Ian to anyone. Ian exhibited that he could be trusted by emphasising confidentiality was paramount and what was said in the room stayed in the room. From the outset Ian was warm, approachable and encouraging and I could see he was invested in my success.
Ian displayed empathy and concern; he had the ability to truly imagine what it was like to stand in my shoes. This in turn made me feel understood and heard. Ian noticed the subtle nuances within my voice tone and body language and his additional skills such as active listening and reflection encouraged me to share repressed thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Ian communicated understanding and acceptance of powerful emotions that were being discharged within the room and had the ability to relate with an open, non-judgemental attitude, accepting me for who I was with my situation. Ian was able to ‘start where I was at’ and patiently waited for me to open up, he was a realist who recognised the long standing and maladaptive behaviours I displayed could not be quickly unlearned and he patiently guided me in the process of self-discovery. Magnificent results which made me end procrastinating and move on with life.”