Hi, I’m Shona Mathers. I trained with Human Development Scotland in Glasgow and I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor (PgDip). I am naturally drawn to supporting others and recognise how important the therapeutic relationship is in order to help facilitate change for clients. I am a compassionate practitioner.
Counselling is a process that involves the client and the counsellor where the client talks about areas of their life that they are finding hard. It may be difficulties within relationships, issues in childhood, previous trauma, or bereavement and loss. I offer clients a non-judgemental space to enable exploration of feelings within a safe environment.
Psychodynamic counselling is a relational process where unconscious material often unfolds in the room and becomes conscious, which can help clients to better understand themselves. It is a client led process where the client brings material from their experiences to explore further. Connections between past and present can become clearer to the client and “ah ha” moments can occur.
Clients can experience a space where they feel truly heard and held, and able to express the shadow side of themself. Expressing thoughts and feelings can help a client to understand their own process and why they behave in certain ways, as formative experiences often influence present behaviours.
Counselling can help a client develop self-awareness, personal development, better communication within relationships and/or improved self-esteem and confidence. Counselling can help a client to strengthen their internal resources so that they can cope better with life. The experience of being listened to and supported as a client can be hugely powerful.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to ethical practice.