Thrive Counselling Cumbernauld were formed in 2016. Our practitioners Jenny and Gwen are committed to offering confidential counselling that can help you address your individual needs and issues, within a safe and friendly environment with flexible appointment times.

Jenny

 

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Hi I’m Jenny and I am available for one to one Counselling in Cumbernauld (Carron House, next to St Mungo’s Church) during Weeknights and Wednesday daytime-evenings.

You might be thinking about counselling as you are struggling in some way, such as with anxiety,low mood,poor self-esteem, negative habits or issues from your past. You may not feel able to talk to those in your life about your issues; you might be worrying about burdening them, feel embarrassed, that they don’t understand or are a part of your concerns.

I can offer you a safe, supportive and confidential space to work together through the issues you may be having.Counselling can help you to understand yourself better, improve your relationships and to work towards leading a more fulfilling life.

I offer an experienced integrative approach to counselling with over 7 years working and volunteering in the counselling field. I was originally trained in the Person Centred approach to Counselling but I am trained in and incorporate other thereaupetic techniques to help you to meet your needs, and move forward in your life.

For instance Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques to help you to identify and change negative thinking patterns and behaviours and Compassion Focused Therapy which can help you to be kinder to yourself and less self-critical.

I also have training in Schema Therapy which is a therapy which can help you to tackle enduring issues and patterns within your life and relationships.It can be very helpful where you have experienced difficulties in childhood for instance with narcissistic parents or abuse.

I am an accredited Alcohol and Drugs Counsellor with over 7 years experience in this area including with alcohol, cocaine and cannabis issues. My specialisms are Addictions,Self-Esteem issues, Stress, Anxiety (including generalised anxiety, Health Anxiety, Panic disorder)and issues relating to difficulties or trauma experienced in childhood.I have extensive experience in working with male clients from aged 16 and onwards.

Please note I do not work with children or couples.

I am a Counsellor Member of COSCA and abide by their ethical standards www.cosca.org.uk 

I strive to be warm, friendly, approachable and down to earth- I have lived in Glasgow most of my life but have recently moved to Cumbernauld so I am sensitive to the needs of the local area, and the challenges we can find with accessing quality services!

My personal interests include animals (especially cats-very therapeutic to me!), cooking, art and music.

Should you be unhappy with any aspect of my service please contact COSCA http://www.cosca.org.uk and follow their Complaints process. COSCA are a PSA accredited organisation who regulate Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland.

Experience

  • Thrive Counselling Cumbernauld- Director-2016 to present-coordinating the Cumbernauld branch of ‘Thrive Counselling Scotland’ and offering generic integrative counselling to individuals aged 16+
  • COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) September 2018- Development Officer (Individuals and Courses)
  • Glasgow Council on Alcohol- Part Time Alcohol Counsellor in Glasgow East End-2015-2018-Delivering counselling across Glasgow East End, City Centre and Kirkintilloch, supporting and supervising trainee alcohol counsellors.
  • Volunteer Alcohol Counsellor: GCA-2011-2015
  • COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland)- Recognition Scheme Development Officer- 2015 to April 2017-Coordinating a quality assurance scheme for Counselling Organisations across Scotland.
  • Welfare Advisor/ Employee Counsellor- East Dunbartonshire Council 2014-2015
  • The Wynd Counselling Service- Volunteer Counsellor 2013-2016
  • Glasgow University- Placement Student Counsellor- 2015
  • Cruse Bereavement Care- Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor- 2012-2015

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (Stirling University) (2015)
  • BA Psychology Honours First Class- Strathclyde University 2006

Training

  • COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate-due to complete October 2018
  • Schema Therapy Certificate-ACT Counselling Services 2017
  • Trauma Informed Practice 2017
  • Anger Management 2017
  • Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorder 2017
  • Drugs Awareness Training 2016
  • Mindfulness Foundation Certificate 2015
  • Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Trainers 2015
  • Coaching for Counsellors Certificate 2015
  • Compassion Focused Therapy Certificate 2015
  • SCOTACS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Toolkit- Centre of Therapy 2012
  • Advanced Alcohol Awareness Certificate 2011
  • Accredited Alcohol Counsellor (Glasgow Council on Alcohol)
  • CBCS Specialist Module in Bereavement and Loss (Cruse/COSCA) 2012
  • ASSIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills 2011
  • Utilising Relationships to Aid Recovery Certificate
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate 2011

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Gwen

Gwen

We all have times when we feel it would be helpful to speak to someone. We may be struggling with low self-confidence or self-esteem, anxiety, stress, study or work related worries, relationship issues or bereavement. Or perhaps we feel that we would benefit from counselling as self-development.

Sometimes it’s hard to speak to those we know as we fear being judged or burdening them. What I can offer you is a safe, welcoming and confidential place to explore those issues. The therapy I offer is person centred, non-judgemental and I won’t tell you what to do. I will provide warmth, empathy, acceptance and understanding.

My clients often tell me that they find me to be caring and approachable, and that they have found it easy to open up and share their experiences with me. Sometimes I can be gently challenging and clients have said that they have found this a useful way to see their situation in a new light that enables them to move forward in their lives.

Together we will explore the things that are troubling you to allow you to gain insights that I hope will let you find clarity in your situation. Counselling will give you the tools to build up your self confidence and self esteem and empower you to help find a way towards self healing and personal growth. There are some things in life that we cannot simply change, such as bereavement and loss, but our journey together will help you manage your emotions around these experiences in a more positive way.

I have helped clients with a range of issues including low self-esteem, low confidence, anxiety, relationship issues, abuse, bereavement and grief, work pressures, bullying, depression, personal development, procrastination/goal setting, assertiveness and social media pressures.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within the ethical framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, as laid down by the BACP which includes regular supervision sessions to ensure that I maintain high standards in my work. Furthermore I regularly attend relevant workshops and training sessions to ensure that I keep my knowledge and skills up to date.

Training, Qualifications & Experience

  • Strathclyde University Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Glasgow University COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • NHS Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Glasgow’s Learning – Introduction to Dyslexia
  • The Mindfulness Association – Mindfulness Foundation Course
  • Greenwood Events – Coaching Skills for Counsellors – The Centre for Therapy, Glasgow
  • The Princes Trust – Mentoring Training
  • Scottish Families Affected by Drugs – Advice Worker Training
  • Jack Black’s Mindstore  – Personal Effectiveness in the Workplace
  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau – Welfare Benefits and Case Management Training

My Work Experience Includes

  • Thrive for Life-Developing and facilitating creative workshops promoting health and wellbeing across Paisley
  • Thrive West of Scotland Counselling and Wellbeing Services – Partner
  • Working as a Volunteer Counsellor in a Paisley counselling service and as a private practitioner in Cumbernauld
  • Facilitating Career Development workshops with The Princes Trust
  • As a Group Facilitator with Recovery Across Mental Health
  • As an Advice worker with a Carers Centre, Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs, Victim Support and the Citizens Advice Bureau
  • I have also worked as a Girls Brigade Officer and as an Information Worker with Inverclyde Council and a Greenock Community Resource Centre