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Sally Barmes, John Speirs, Sandra Fraser, Mary Clegg

Brief explanation of the therapy

Here the therapist is required to be an attentive listener in a private and confidential environment to someone who is seeking help.  The client may find themselves in a difficult situation with which they are not able to cope and need assistance in seeing things from a different perspective. The counsellor will not judge the client or necessarily give advice; they can help them explore their feelings and consider different parts of their life which may then provide them with a better understanding.

Sally Barmes offers one hour of one-to-one counselling using a variety of methods to explore a given situation or state of being.

John Speirs offers Person-Centred confidential Counselling sessions which usually last for an hour and can be taken on a weekly basis.


Sandra Fraser - offers Integrative counselling on a one-to-one basis drawing on and utilising other therapies to suit the client's wants and needs.

Mary Clegg offers Integrative counselling for individuals or couples drawing on and utilising other therapies to suit the client's wants and needs.

What can the client expect at the appointment

All our counsellors offer a safe, private space where the client can explore and express their feelings & thoughts without fear of being judged. They will discuss matters with the client and after an initial assessment will suggest a course of action.

What will happen in a session

The client will be encouraged to explore their issues, feelings and thoughts, and to examine options for taking action. They will also be encouraged to think about their decisions in order to try and provide a clearer understanding of situations.

How many sessions should the client need before they see a result

This will depend on the issues being presented.

Sally Barmes deals with both short and long term issues and resolutions.

John Speirs usually works to a block of six sessions followed by a review to assess progress although on some occasions this number may not be needed.

Mary Clegg usually sees clients for a minimum of 6 sessions with on-going review.  The space between sessions will vary according to the home skills exercises set.  She can deal with both short and more long term issues.

What can the therapy help

This type of therapy has been shown to help:

  • Addictions & eating disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Bereavement & loss
  • Depression
  • Family matters and problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Health changes & dealing with illness
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Relationship problems 
  • Psycho/spiritual development
  • Separation & divorce
  • Sexual Problems
  • Trauma
  • Workplace problems & stress
  • Unresolved problems from the past

It is advisable to check with individual counsellors which of the above they deal with.

Who would benefit from this type of therapy


Personal recommendation/s from previous client/s

About John Speirs:

“I felt able to say things I have never told to anybody else.”
“You have saved my life/marriage.”

About Mary Clegg:

"Mary has given us a real insight into what was going wrong in our relationship and what we can both do to get things right from now on.  For the first time in a long time, I do believe our marriage can be a happy one".

"Mary's advice and expert knowlege has been liberating and in some ways a salvation. She has shown us how we can now work together as a couple, secure in the knowledge that we understand each other better.  With Mary's guidance, we have built a greater awareness of what is going on in our relationship.  I have permission to be me and we can grow together through difficulties instead of feeling threatened by it.  We can now properly fulfil our mantra: live every day to its fullest, as if it were our last".


Sally Barmes

John Speirs

Sandra Fraser

Mary Clegg