Hiya everybody, I hope you are all coping with the ever-changing landscape that we find ourselves in.
I am still available via online or telephone counselling and I got the kindest comments from a client, DG, that I saw predominantly online via Zoom.
Thank you DG for your generous feedback but please remember that you did a lot of hard work in between each of your sessions and deserve as much credit as you are giving me.
DG wrote “Ian is a very good listener and enabled me to feel relaxed enough at each session to allow me to freely express how I was feeling. Following each session I felt a load being lifted off my shoulders. I also learned a lot about myself over the weeks of counselling and I now feel a lot more relaxed and confident about myself. I know 100% that I would not be feeling like this without the counselling from Ian. Thank you”
If you are struggling to cope with things, please get in touch and take the first step to feeling better like DG did.
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.
Is 2020 going your way yet? Hopefully it is.
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.
Have a look at my reviews if that helps. Or have a look at www.counselling-directory.org.uk/ to find other counsellors that are available to help you.
The first step is hard, but putting it off doesnt make it easier.
If you change nothing, nothing changes..….
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.
I’ve hit one of my goals!
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.
Here’s to the next 1000 hours!
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.