My approach:
"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." - On Becoming a Person, Rogers, 1961.
I truly believe that we are all unique and therefore we are the experts on ourselves. I believe we can all be trusted to find our own way through our problems, anxieties and life crises if we are listened to by the therapist empathically, non-judgementally, within a person centred approach. Through person-centred approach you experience real acceptance and genuineness from your counsellor, and empathy for you and how you experience your world. I will accompany you, looking at your world and how you experience it; what it feels like to be you. You are the expert on your own feelings and emotions.

My experience:
Prior to becoming a counsellor I had over ten years' experience of working with people who have enduring mental health problems. I have specialist experience of working in the charity sector and also privately with those clients as well as their family members too. I have considerable experience of supporting people with disabilities and long term health problems into work, as well as the impact of disability on everyday life. I bring an in-depth knowledge of the real pressures and demands of work in all kinds of different environments.
I have worked with adults from diverse backgrounds and different cultures as well as having worked with individuals from all walks of life with their own very particular needs. My approach has helped them to go through the process of change or make a full recovery.  

My area of work:
Psychosis and Delusions
Dealing with anger
Suicidal thoughts or impulses
Feelings of sadness or depression
Anxiety fears and phobias
Stress relating to a work environment
Relationship problems
Identity and sexuality problems
Grief following a bereavement
 
My qualification:
My first training was in general and clinical psychology. I trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist with Persona. I have qualifications in Counselling and Therapy as well as in Psychology. I regularly attend workshops and seminars for my Continuing Professional Development. I am interested in professional developments in psychotherapy, counselling and supervision practice.

My accreditation:
I am a member of professional bodies such as BACP and BPS.

My ethical framework:
I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and British Psychological Society (BPS)

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Contact me:

I can be contacted using our client contact form, by e-mail at monika@atyourside.scot or on my mobile on 07879 872445.
 
For further details please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page on our web site.
 

Counselling and Talking Therapies in  Livingston West Lothian & Lanarkshire with At Your Side Therapy.



 
All of our client work is carried out following the Code of Ethics and Conduct stipulated by the national regulatory bodies, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society, and The National Council for Hypnotherapy.
Please follow the links below for details.

BPS Code of Ethics


BACP Ethical Framework
Counselling and Talking Therapies can change your life.
Our centrally located offices are within 10 minutes drive of East Calder West Calder Bathgate Whitburn Broxburn Uphall.

 
We are situated in Suite 4 of Livingston Business Centre, Charlesfield Lane off Kirkton Road South, Livingston, EH54 7FA.
Our rooms are conveniently situated within the Kirkton Campus area with easy access from various locations within 5 minutes of the M8 Edinburgh to Glasgow motorway.
Please refer to the map below for directions to our consulting rooms.