I run my private practice on Tuesdays and Fridays from premises in two southside Glasgow locations: Clarkston and Thornliebank.
About me and my therapy practice
I am a qualified and BACP registered person-centred counsellor dedicated to supporting my adult clients’ healing and growth. I create therapeutic relationships with clients that are non-judgemental, empathic and real. I will honour your dignity with compassion and companionship. I will hold hope that through our work together you increase your self-understanding and thereby appreciate and engage with your own internal resources to effect the change you are looking for.
I offer post-qualifying counselling experience having worked with children and young people aged 6 to 17 in primary and secondary schools settings, and adults aged 18-70 in a generic counselling service and university-based research counselling clinic.
I retrained to become a counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde in 2018. Prior to that, I spent 2 years as a volunteer befriender with Home-Start (a UK-wide family support charity), 16 years being a full-time stay-at-home mum to my three children and 14 years in the world of engineering studying and then working in research and latterly industry. As a result, I also hold a BEng (Hons) in Naval Architecture & Offshore Engineering and a PhD in Intelligent Computer Aided Design both from the University of Strathclyde.
Working in the field of counselling is a great privilege. It is more than a job; it is deeply satisfying and fulfilling work as it allows the whole of my way of being to be expressed.
Extracts of some client testimonials I have been generously permitted to share with you:
Female, 18 - “Sandra has helped me come to grips with how I feel … I have gained a better outlook on myself as well as life … she was considerate of my feelings and gave me time to talk... without making me feel like it’s a bad thing or second guessing my opinion … it was never difficult to speak my mind... [she] made me feel very welcome.”
Male, 23 - “Sandra has truly impacted my life for the better … I’m sure she will change many people’s lives for the better … I don’t know what I would have done without her.”
Male, 41 - “Sandra has helped me enormously. She is warm, understanding and patient. She has made revisiting difficult times less so. She is easy to communicate with and has a great sense of humour. She has helped me reconnect... and understand myself.”
Female, 51 - “My sessions with Sandra have been invaluable. She made me feel completely at ease discussing anything that was on my mind and I was able to let my guard down and express difficult emotions with huge relief! …[she] is incredibly open minded, understanding and empathic person...I could talk about anything. Sessions...have enabled me to move forward in a very challenging time in my life. …Sandra, I’m eternally grateful for your professionalism, skills and friendship through this whole process.”
Male, 58 - “… thank you for all the patience, understanding and support that you have given me... I can honestly say that my sessions with you were extremely rewarding... I left feeling more positive and optimistic about my future.”
Female, 62 - “Sandra didn’t push or rush me… She understood why I felt the way I did and helped me process all the trauma and turmoil … [she] never judged me, her quiet manner helped… It was like [she] was reaching out and holding onto me...to heal my mind and calm my demons... I am grateful and thankful Sandra never gave up on me even when I wanted to give up on myself.”
My first session
I can offer a free 30 minute initial phone consultation to discuss what you’d like to get out of counselling and check if we are likely to be a good fit for working together.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Clients I work with
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited