Alice Sutherland (Aberdeen)
Based in Aberdeen
Services that are offered: Counselling Experienced Counsellor in Aberdeen offering Individual face-to-face counselling (Adults). Registered: BACP (Counsellor)
“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.” (Rogers, C.R., p.160, A Way of Being).
Experience: I have over twenty years experience, initially as a youth counsellor and then with an Aberdeen charity working with the general public. Latterly, I was employed for fifteen years counselling students and staff of a local university before my early retirement this year.
A little about my work background:
As a child care officer working with young people in residential care, I was introduced to the work of Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, and was immediately drawn to what was a deeply respectful way of working with individuals. This started me on a journey to learn more and, despite having little success at school, I was able to gain a degree in Psychology with the Open University. I then studied person-centred counselling at Strathclyde University, one of the first institutions to bring Rogers's Client-centered Therapy to Britain. Since then, I have continued to work (and learn) with individuals in this way.
My approach to therapy is consistent with my own personal understanding of how people grow and develop. I trust, accept and respect an individual’s feelings, beliefs, culture and ways of being. I believe each individual is the expert on themselves, knows what their needs are and can be trusted to find their own way forward.
I aim to offer a safe, therapeutic environment, a genuine relationship an individual may use for their own personal growth. The initial quote above from the work of Rogers exemplifies for me how therapy can be of value.
Exploratory Session: I offer this initial session to explore with you what brings you into counselling and your expectations of this relationship. If you would like to continue working with me, ongoing sessions are usually for one hour, a single session or more, weekly or less frequently to suit your situation or preference.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Code of Ethics: BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework).
Complaints Procedure: BACP Professional Conduct Procedure (http://www.bacp.co.uk/prof_conduct/).
Insurance: Professional Liability insurance.
Supervision: I receive regular, monthly, supervision. Client names are not used.
Confidentiality: This will be explained in the exploratory session, however, all information is securely filed.
Contact: I use a private mobile number for clients to contact me and/or leave messages re appointments or cancellations. If I need to contact you, I will leave only my first name and contact number.
How to Find Me: AB16 7AR. A No. 59 or 13 bus will take you to Northfield, which is north of Aberdeen City centre.
Address: Aberdeen , Aberdeen , Grampian, Central Aberdeen | Phone: 07811442242 | There is NO wheelchair access.