About

Counselling Connect CIC is a Community Interest Company (CIC), established by a group of counsellors/therapists and mental health workers, who share an interest in perinatal mental health, parent-child relationships and healthy adult relationships.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between public and private provision and improve accessibility to therapeutic support services for parents/adults who have been affected by trauma, within our local areas of Dumfries & Galloway, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We are all members of the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme and fully insured.

Some of the issues we work with include childhood trauma, pregnancy anxiety, birth trauma, postnatal depression (PND), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat stress, physical/emotional/sexual abuse or assault, domestic violence, neglect, bereavement/loss, relationship difficulties, addictions, depression, anxiety, anger issues, low self esteem & self harm.

DIRECTORS

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Adela Stockton MBACP

I am an experienced BACP registered psychodynamic counsellor working face to face with clients in Dumfries & Galloway, including EAP and online, and as a counselling supervisor. I also work therapeutically with survivors of childhood trauma in prison.

I was drawn to training as a therapist after twenty years experience of supporting mothers, fathers and babies as a midwife and a doula and further to volunteering as a prison visitor in Latin America. With an interest in early years trauma, perinatal illness and PTSd, it has been a long term aim to be able to offer accessible mental health support for new parents, thereby also supporting parent-child relationships.

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Sharon Kennedy Wagner MBACP

I am an experienced BACP registered counsellor working with clients online and face to face in Edinburgh. I work chiefly for the University of Edinburgh as  a counsellor for students, but also have a small private practice where I take on EAP work and supervision.

My interest in therapy started a long time ago when I undertook my degree in Psychology.  I was in my twenties then and I did not feel I had the life experience or dedication to provide therapy at that stage of my life. For twenty years I worked as a project manager which gave me the chance to travel the world  and live in other countries. It was in my forties that I decided I was ready to return to my interest in psychology and retrain as a therapist. It is my privilege to be involved in Counselling Connect CIC and hope it brings support to members of our community in need.

Carmen McBride

Carmen McBride

I am an experienced youth worker working with 11-25 year olds across Dumfries & Galloway in order to raise awareness and prevent sexual violence.  I also work with survivors of sexual crime as a refuge support worker.  I have a background in Forensic Psychology, specialising in sexual crime and the Criminal Justice System.

During my BSc Applied Psychology degree, I developed an interest in the area of sexual crime and went on to do my PGDip specialising in this area.  In my current role of prevention worker I do a lot of group work with young people. I get great enjoyment out of this, as well as the belief that the work we are doing is really making a difference.

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