About Joyce Philip Counselling

I  have lived and worked in the Grampian region all my life. I would be considered a 'local quine' and take great pride in that.
From a young age I wanted to work within one of the 'caring professions' originally believing my way forward was in nursing. Instead I trained as an Occupational Therapist (O.T.), qualifying in 1987.  For 18 years I worked for NHS Grampian latterly attaining the position of Senior I community paediatric Occupational therapist. 
In 2006 I started a new chapter training as a counsellor, qualifying with a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Approach to Counselling in 2009 from Aberdeen University.   Subsequently I qualified in 2014 with a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Supervision with Aberdeen University.  In June 2014 I completed a Certificate in Group Supervision with The Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD). 
Counselling Experience
Since 2007 I have acquired a considerable amount of clinical hours covering numerous client issues within a variety of placement settings both as a professional counsellor and as a volunteer worker with several local charitable organisations.  At present, in addition to my own Private Practice, I work with Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) as a counsellor on their Calsayseat Medical Practice project. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
I have offered remote sessions for some time, however due to the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 this replaced face-to-face sessions either via video conferencing or telephone call.  During 2020, I volunteered on the Aberdeen Counselling and Information Service (ACIS) phoneline during the pandemic.  In October 2020 I completed "How to do counselling online: A coronavirus primer" a course by BACP/Open University.  Following lock down on Boxing day 2020 face-to-face sessions resumed mid May 2021 following strict Covid-19 guidelines.  (see separate page)
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In January 2022 I qualified as an EMDR therapist, completing an EMDR Europe Accredited training programme with EMDR works.
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Professional Membership 

As a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), I abide by their ethics and code of practice.   


As of 16 March 2012 I have been granted the status of 
**BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist**
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 This status assures the general public  that I have achieved a substantial level of

 training and experience and have been approved by BACP.



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In addition to accreditation I have also been granted the status of

**UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist**






As you can see from the list above my case load has been very varied, 
but the one factor that remains constant is me.  
By offering the therapeutic conditions of understanding, 
acceptance, genuineness and warmth, 
this creates the safe space for another to share their experience,
 a precious space that I have not experienced in any other situation.