Our counselling service is open to anyone who is concerned about their own or another person’s alcohol misuse. Counselling offers a safe, confidential space for you to explore any challenges you may be facing.
We offer free One to One individual counselling, Young Persons counselling and Couples and Families counselling. All our employed counsellors are qualified to a minimum of Diploma level and we also regularly have volunteer counsellors who are completing placements through a recognised place of study.
Our therapists are either Person Centred or CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) qualified and this allows us to offer a specific range of services to fit with our client’s needs. Each session will last around 50 minutes and be either weekly, fortnightly or monthly depending on your requirements. We offer counselling Monday 9am – 7pm and Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4pm.
An initial assessment will be carried out on your first visit, as this allows us to decide on which counsellor may best suited to you.
Person Centred Counselling is based on building a trusting relationship between counsellor and client. Counselling can help people talk about their experiences and make sense of them. It can allow people to express difficult feelings and learn how to manage them in a helpful way.
A person centred therapist is deeply understanding (empathic), accepting (having unconditional positive regard) and genuine (congruent) and does not give advice but supports clients to make positive decisions for themselves.
CBT is a personalised ‘talking therapy’ that challenges negative thoughts, attitudes and behaviours that can keep us “stuck”. Our CBT therapists will work collaboratively with you to identify which issues are of concern to you, also to identify goals that we will work towards.
CBT will enable you to “become your own therapist” – it is a psycho-educational approach and will use structured tools/interventions to assist you. It also uses homework to assist you in your day to day life and to help affirm the changes that are happening.
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Alcohol can lower your blood sugar levels, which can cause seizures.
Alcohol is associated with 33% of major trauma patients and 25% of all trauma patients.
Two in five (41%) of prisoners report being drunk at the time of their offence.
71% of alcohol-related hospital stays were men.
Alcohol was a factor in 3,705 deaths in Scotland in 2015.