Monica Cooper
Counselling and Supervision in Ayrshire

About Counselling. OfficeRoomPose

How Might Counselling Help You?

Counselling/Psychotherapy is a talking therapy which I provide on a one-to-one basis. Within this confidential space, your self-awareness can grow; you can learn things about yourself you never knew before. As a trusting relationship develops between us, you may find you can take risks to speak about things you are not able to talk of with your family and friends. People actually dare to say things like: “this is going to sound really stupid”, but you will actually get that space to say what it is you feel stupid about. Whatever you want to say is NOT stupid to you. Whatever it is, may feel very real to you and may be having a huge impact on you, your life and people who are important to you. I will respect and hold that conversation between us. Help you unravel the complexity if required.

I will attempt to be beside you on your journey of self-discovery. You may have lots of questions, but you do hopefully have the answers too. I will help you draw these answers from your inner resources.

As my training has been in the person-centred approach, this theory believes that by providing certain core conditions, this will enable you to find the answers from within yourself and I will facilitate that space to help you do that.

It may take many sessions or just one or two to reflect on your issues and process what you need to do. You may have lots of things going round and round in your head, but they are not going away or changing. You feel stuck. Counselling can help to sort this by teasing out what you need to do.

Counselling sessions I provide are confidential. An exception I will make to break this confidentiality will be if you speak of harm being undertaken to yourself or another person. With regards to potential harm to yourself, as I do not provide an emergency service, we would need to discuss how you might keep yourself safe and supported, whether this be provided by your family, friends, GP or local services if required. Sometimes other organisations may be able to provide further or more specialised appropriate support, particularly if you are experiencing yourself in a crisis. We can talk further about this subject if you find yourself in this situation.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and am bound by their Ethical Framework.

My counselling work is supervised and the purpose of this is to ensure that I am meeting my ethical responsibilities. I may take aspects of our work to supervision, but I will always present this in a way that preserves your anonymity and will be treated confidentially by both my supervisor and myself.

SUPERVISION

In addition to counselling services, I have been providing supervision to other Counsellors/Psychotherapists for over eight years now. If you are interested in securing a supervision relationship with me, please get in touch to discuss further.

I have experience supervising trainees and qualified supervisees from various organisations: Ayrshire Council on Alcohol, Ayrshire Hospice, CRUSE Bereavement, GP Surgeries, the NHS, Rape Crisis, SACRO and an employee assisted company. I aim to offer supervisees space and trust to explore issues related to their clients and themselves in a non-judgemental environment.

Recalling my experience as a trainee, it feels important to be able to voice vulnerabilities; I believe supervision should be a place to explore confusion and feel nurtured to grow in confidence and develop as a practitioner. I offer support in a reflective and open relationship where you can hopefully feel stimulated and challenged.

My fees are: £40.00 per 1 hour (for trainees) and £45.00 per 1 hour (for qualified individuals), but if accredited or working towards accreditation and require attendance for the minimum 1 1/2 hours, I charge £65.00.



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