Works as Counsellor / Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Aberdeen.
Arlene specialises in working with: gender diverse adults - including parents and partners; adults who have long-term physical or mental health conditions as well as with their family members and carers; adults experiencing grief and loss; and those affected by substance misuse issues including family members.
Arlene's way of workingArlene believes that everyone is creative and resourceful, but at times of distress, they may need help to reconnect with existing strengths and skills and to further develop helpful ways of coping. She works in partnership with clients in an accepting and non-judgemental way and aims to empower her clients so that they may be more able to cope with the difficulties life may present.
Arlene uses a number of different therapeutic approaches in her counselling / psychotherapy work and works with each client to tailor a therapy plan to meet their individual needs and preferences. Her focus is on working together in a creative way, so clients can shape their own therapy and get the maximum benefit from it.
Arlene's background and trainingArlene has a broad range of experience, working with Childline and with young homeless people and substance misuse services as well as for a carers organisation and a cancer charity. Arlene has also worked privately with clients and volunteered with a local counselling organisation. She currently facilitates a Transparent Group for parents and partners of gender diverse adults and young people.
Arlene has a PG Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling (Abertay University), a BSc (hons) degree in Psychology (Open University), and COSCA Certificates in Counselling (modules 1 and 2). In addition, she has completed additional training in: Working with Gender and Sexual Identity; Coaching for Counsellors; Self Harm; Working with LGBT young people; Transactional Analysis; Mindfulness for Stress Reduction; Introduction to CBT, and many more.
She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a member of Rainbow Therapy Scotland - a network of therapists working with gender and sexually diverse clients.
Arlene charges £65 a session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.