About Me as a Counsellor

Photograph of Sally in the shade of a tree

I've always been interested in people. During 26 years as a civil servant, I was a personnel manager, and worked to improve information and support for carers, and victims of crime, witnesses and bereaved relatives. I found that what made a difference was listening to people and exploring with them their needs, hopes and challenges. I saw and believe in the difference this can make so I left my job to train as a person-centred counsellor. It's a decision I've never regretted.

Relevant Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Persona/Stirling University), 2011-2013
  • Specialist Module in Bereavement and Loss (Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland), 2012
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Stevenson College/Napier University), 2006-2007
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel and Development (Napier University), 1992-1994

Professional Membership

I'm a registered and senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My registration (number 082480) confirms I am professionally trained and qualified. It also underlines my commitment to maintaining high standards of practice, regular supervision and compliance with the BACP ethical framework. Being an accredited member means I've been recognised by BACP as demonstrating and applying high standards of knowledge, experience and development in my work. I gained my initial accreditation in August 2015 and the higher level of senior accreditation in December 2018.

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Current Counselling Work

In addition to my work with private clients, I also counsel with:-

  • Health in Mind
  • Employee Assistance Programmes
  • Scottish Families Against Drugs

Previous Counselling Work

  • Edinburgh University Student Counselling Service
  • People Experiencing Trauma and Loss (affected by murder or suicide)
  • Changes Community Health Partnership, Musselburgh
  • Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL)
  • Counselling Co-ordinator, Changes Community Health Partnership, Musselburgh

Other Relevant Experience

  • Trained and practising independent funeral celebrant
  • Training provider (assertiveness and dealing with loss and grief)
  • 10 years working to improve information and support for victims and witnesses, and families bereaved by murder, culpable homicide or a road death
  • 10 years working as a personnel manager, including leading a team working with 450 staff in a major government department
  • a range of voluntary work in different settings and at different times - Samaritans, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

Contact: 07814 847059 | counselling@sallypendreigh.com