Elspeth Shields
Counselling in Glasgow and Ayrshire


Member Organisation(s): BACP & The National Counselling Society


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About Elspeth Shields
Our current economic climate has affected most individuals..... uncertainties at work and financial worries are just a few issues that can cause stress in our lives which in turn impact on our relationships and health and can make life seem overwhelming at times. I feel my role as a counsellor is more important than ever, to listen, support and empower those experiencing difficulties to make positive change and choices in their lives. I am a warm, genuine, empathic counsellor, who will work with you and provide a safe, confidential environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.
It is short term counselling that I provide, WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES COSTS, whilst still being effective, working within a maximum of 6-8 appointments. I work with individual adults, providing face to face, telephone or e-counselling

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My training, work experience and any achievement
I have 20years experience of counselling. My initial training was with The Scottish Council on Alcohol and I gained accreditation by them in 1994, after completing their 2yr Volunteer Alcohol Counsellor Training Course. I worked in the voluntary sector as an Alcohol Counsellor and also as an Addictions Counsellor for Glasgow City Council until 1998 when I started working as a counsellor for a Glasgow based EAP ,which services a good many of the local councils in Scotland, health authorities and private companies covering parts of England also. I now also have a private practice.

Working for an EAP has allowed me both a wider spectrum of clientele and a broader range of issues to work with, which I find challenging and stimulating.
My initial training was Solution Focussed Brief Therapy. This approach is based on solution- building rather than problem-solving however through ongoing training, and the diversity of clients individual needs, I now adopt a more eclectic approach, selecting from various approaches appropriate to the clients individual needs.
I also believe that the basis of good counselling depends on a therapeutic alliance with the client and establishing whether the timing is right for them and I make use of the initial assessment interview to gauge both this and what approach may be more appropriate.

I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society, also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling.

I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development through regular supervision and attending courses,

Examples of training & CPD events attended:

CBT training - Christine Padesky & Cognitive Therapy Training Centre,
Mindfulness -Abertay University
Solution Focussed Therapy - Abertay University,
Understanding and Coping with PTS -Priory Associates
Overcoming Low Self Esteem -EPB Seminars
Skills for Managing Anger Management/Suicide/Self Harm -Skills Development Service Ltd
Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse/Rape/Sexual Abuse -Social Work Services.
Awareness of issues around Loss and Bereavement - Cruse
Concerns & issues I deal with
Abuse, Addictions, Affairs, Aggression, Agoraphobia, Alcohol Dependence, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness, Bereavement, Bullying, Codependency, Compulsive Behaviour, Couple Relationships, Depression, Disaster, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Family Problems, Fear, Gambling, Gay Issues, Grief, Internet Addiction, Low Self Confidence, Low Self Esteem, Marriage (Marital Relations), Midlife Crisis, Negative Thoughts, Obsessions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Personal Relationships, Phobias, Physical Abuse, Physical Illness, Post Natal Depression (PND), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Rape, Redundancy, Relationship Problems, Sadness, Same Sex Relationships, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self Development, Self Harm, Separation, Sexual Harassment, Shyness, Social Phobia, Stress, Stress Management, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Unresolved Issues, Work Stress, Emotional Abuse,
Other concerns & issues I deal with
Critical Incident Debrief
Work related issues
Age groups I work with
Further Information
Counselling sessions are for a maximum of 50 minutes
£45 per counselling session
£35 per telephone session
£25 per email exchange

Missed sessions & cancellations notified within 24hrs require full payment.


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