Gwen and Jenny met while on placement at The Wynd Centre in Paisley. A shared interest in offering an affordable counselling and wellbeing service in the West of Scotland led to the creation of Thrive West of Scotland Counselling and Wellbeing Services now known as ‘Thrive Counselling Scotland’.
Gwen and Jenny have a wealth of experience in supporting clients experiencing a wide range of issues towards their desired changes and towards improved wellbeing in both group and one to one counselling settings.
You can find detailed outlines of both Gwen and Jenny's experience from the information below.
Hi I'm Jenny and I am available for one to one Counselling sessions in Cumbernauld (Cornerstone House, Town Centre) during Weeknights and Thursday daytime-evenings. I can offer you a safe and supportive space to work through the issues you may be having, to understand yourself better and to work towards leading a more fulfilling life.
I follow a Person Centred approach to Counselling which is a therapy which can help you to identify and explore your issues, to gain a greater understanding and acceptance of yourself, to work towards making the personal changes you hope to make and to lead a more fulfilling life.
I also use other therapeutic techniques where appropriate with my clients for instance such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques to help identify and change negative thinking patterns and behaviours and Compassion Focused Therapy which can help you to be kinder to yourself and to improve your self-esteem.
I am an accredited Alcohol and Drugs Counsellor with over 5 years’ experience in this area (as an Alcohol Counsellor with the Glasgow Council on Alcohol). As part of a team I coordinate counselling across several areas in the East End of Glasgow, support volunteer and trainee counsellors and develop and coordinate training workshops. I also have specialist experience and training in Bereavement Counselling (with Cruse), and Employee Counselling (East Dunbartonshire Council).
I have supported clients experiencing a wide range of issues including addictions, bereavement, low self-esteem, depression, stress, post-traumatic stress, abuse and trauma, anger, anxiety and relationship issues.
I also have additional CPD in working with Generalised Anxiety, Drug Misuse, Compassion Focused Therapy, Workplace Wellbeing, Mindfulness and Coaching for Counsellors.
I am a Counsellor member with COSCA and I work within the boundaries of their 'Statement of Ethics and Codes of Practice: www.cosca.org.uk
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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.
I also have experience in working with employers’ employee assistance programmes to support employees on a number of work related and personal issues.
I have supported young people towards positive change with the Princes Trust and The Girls Brigade for several years.
I have also facilitated groupwork with adults with severe mental health diagnoses within RAMH. I promote a positive and inclusive attitude achieving consistently positive results.
I am an established creative writer and promote the use of creativity in therapeutic contexts.
I have also recently completed Mindfulness Foundation, Coaching for Counsellors and Mental Health First Aid Training.
My work experience includes:
Working as a Volunteer Counsellor in a Paisley counselling service and as a private practitioner in Cumbernauld, Glasgow and Paisley
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.