Who I work with.

I work with people from all walks of life (16-years-old and over).

Length of therapy.

Many NHS services, agencies and charities only offer time limited counselling services due to budgetary and resource constraints.

The way I practice is not restricted or time specific. We are all unique as humans and everyone’s therapeutic journey is different.

Change can take time and often the slower you go the faster you get there. However, I don’t demand any long-term commitment from clients because there’s no recipe for living that suits all.

At some point however, you will hopefully walk out the door a different person, closer to the version you want, and are meant, to be.

How long do sessions last?

Sessions last one hour and usually take place weekly.

Flexibility of therapy – online and/or in-person.

You have the option to work online or in-person. This flexibility allows in-person clients to go online if they are unable to make appointments for whatever reason, or simply decide to work online. It’s also possible for online clients to move to in-person work, depending on availability.

How do I access sessions online?

Online sessions take place via Zoom, through a private link.

Where do in-person sessions take place?

Sessions take place at my private practice in Finnieston, Glasgow.

Full details on the location and how to get there can be found here.

Areas I can help.

Below are some examples of why people come to therapy.

The list is not exhaustive and seeing a therapist doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. I firmly believe anyone can benefit from therapy. It should be a proactive not a reactive decision to invest in your wellbeing.

  • Seeking clarity in some areas of your life
  • For personal growth and development
  • Improve your relationship with others and yourself
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive worry
  • You are being too hard on yourself
  • Lack of general fulfilment and meaning
  • Perfectionism
  • Everyday difficulties that hold you back
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Abuse (emotional/physical/sexual)
  • Confidence/self-esteem issues
  • Family problems
  • Feeling stuck
  • Feeling sad/excessive worry
  • Loss or bereavement
  • Health issues
  • Significant life events/changes (e.g. separation/divorce, redundancy, menopause, retirement, merging step-families).
  • Perinatal mental health issues
  • Self-harm/self-injury

Some people do not know what their issue(s) is and enter therapy to try and find out.

Whatever the reason it can be a hugely rewarding and enriching experience.

Get in touch.

If you want to get in touch with any questions or enquire about starting therapy, email me on andywestoncounselling@gmail.com or call/text me on 07866628250. I may be unavailable at the time but will aim to return your message within 24 hours.

How much is a session?

Online & in-person sessions are £45. I offer reduced fees for students and those currently on benefits. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about this.

Fees can be paid online or in-person by card, direct banking, BACS, Google Pay, Apple Pay, PayPal or cash.

Confidentiality.

Sessions are entirely confidential and you have the right to keep all information regarding our work together private.

Your engagement in services will not be disclosed without your written permission.

Information is only shared without client consent in the following situations.

  • there is a risk of suicide.
  • they are planning to hurt someone else.
  • there is a concern or belief of abuse or neglect.
  • there is a suspicion of an act of terrorism.

Like all counsellors, I receive supervision from a trusted mental health professional to ensure I am providing clients the best care. Our work together may be discussed but names or any other personal information is not disclosed.

I further discuss confidentiality in first sessions.

What if my situation is an emergency?

Please be mindful that counselling is not an emergency service.

If you feel that you are in an emergency situation, then you can contact one of the following:

  • Your GP
  • International helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org
  • NHS 24 (if you are in Scotland): 111.
  • The Samaritans (a free, confidential 24-hour helpline within the UK): 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie
  • The mental health charity Mind can be reached on 0300 123 3393 or at mind.org.uk
  • Childline (a free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young adults within the UK): 0800 1111.
  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably. UK national helpline, 5pm-midnight): 0800 585 858.
  • UK national domestic violence helpline. 0808 2000 247. www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
  • In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
  • In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14.
  • Attend your nearest A&E department.

If you are outside of the UK, please search online under “national helpline” followed by your country of residence to find an appropriate phone number to call (e.g. national helpline USA).

Membership Body & Ethical guidelines.

I am a member of COSCA (Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). If you ever wished to make a complaint about my work, you can contact either body. COSCA’s complaints procedure can be found here.

I adhere to each bodies Ethical Frameworks for the Counselling Professions. These can also be found on their websites.