Meet Stephen

Hello, I’m a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist. I have worked as a mental health nurse with people experiencing mental health and addiction problems for over 20 years in NHS hospitals, prisons, supported accommodation and nursing homes. I’ve been involved in harm reduction work from the early 2000s and sat on many working groups, committees and policy groups, always with the intention of improving services or the lives of people on the margins of society. I am passionate about what I do and working in private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist has been a dream of mine for many years.

I have worked with people experiencing relationship difficulties, personality disorder, depression and anxiety, grief & bereavement, childhood trauma and neglect, problem drinking, drug use and many other emotional or relational issues. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss an initial appointment.

 

Academic Qualifications

1996 - Diploma in Nursing (mental health), Stirling University, Highland & Islands Campus, Inverness.
2009 - CBA in management of addiction services, Glasgow University.
2011 - Masters of Research (health), Stirling University.
2019 - Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Human Relations, Human Development Scotland, Glasgow

 

My practice is based at the Glasgow Counselling Collective in a modern office at 204 bath Street. This is within a few minutes walk from public transport links and with ample on street parking. Unfortunately there is no disabled access, if you are unable to climb stairs please get in touch to discuss Skype or VSee sessions.

How I work

I will generally see you on a weekly basis at the same day and time each week. Each session lasts for 50 minutes. The initial session will usually include some information on how I will maintain confidentiality, filling out some forms and answering any questions you may have. We will also have time in the first session to talk about what brought you to therapy. In subsequent sessions I may focus on mood and expression of emotions, how you relate to others and yourself, recurring themes & patterns or past experience, depending on what you bring to therapy. It is, however, primarily, a space for you to talk about what is difficult, troubling of problematic in your life and for us to uncover what the underlying issues might be. 

I usually allow up to three sessions for us to decide whether we are the right fit and we can review how things are going every six to eight weeks. If you feel I’m not the right therapist for you or I feel I am unable to help you, I am always happy to provide a recommendation of other suitable therapists. Please take a look at the about therapy page for  more details of what you might expect during our sessions.

Once you've attended an initial session and want to continue with therapy that time and day is your slot for as long as you wish to continue and will be unavailable on the booking page of the website.

I am able to offer sessions on Wednesdays between 2pm and 8pm and Fridays between 9am and 2pm. For sessions on other days and times, please get in touch to discuss.

I am registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics. I have regular supervision with a  psychotherapist where I discuss case work, maintaining your confidentiality, with a focus on my practice and development.

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Glasgow Counselling Collective
204 Bath Street, Glasgow
Tel: 07963064871