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Low-cost/ Student clinic

Student / Trainee Counsellor

image-0-02-01-fa90ce700728f9fcbcaeb447cf9088f370397a9cbe1bab09e4f6c71bec7afe82-V Steve MacDonald (b. 1984)

Trainee Counsellor

Third Year Diploma student, Inverness College, UHI

(‘Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy’)



Ph: 07930 440 257


Fees£20 for a 60-minute session

Payment is due at the end of each session by cash or cheque — please make cheques payable to ‘Fully Human’. 

(We’re sorry but we don’t have card facilities)

Important note: A condition of working with a trainee counsellor for this reduced fee is to agree to have a video camera present in some of the sessions. The camera will be pointing only at the counsellor, but the client’s voice will be heard. The recordings will be used only for training and supervision, and will be deleted promptly once used. All ethical and confidentiality requirements will be observed. It’s an important part of counsellors’ and psychotherapists’ learning process to be able to observe themselves in sessions and reflect on their work with clients and if you use this service you will be contributing to the development of a new member of our profession. For more information, please see the Low-Cost Client Agreement

Availability:       Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm

                             Evening sessions are also available on those days, if required, at 6.30pm and 8pm.

LocationTherapy 1st, 1st floor, 1 Ardross Street, Inverness IV3 5NN (Just above OsteoCentra).

Cancellation Policy

We ask for 24 hours notice for cancellations or to reschedule an appointment.

 About Me

I was born in Inverness in 1984. After moving to Sutherland with my family for nine years, I returned to Inverness where I have lived ever since. Upon leaving school, I studied Business Management at Inverness College and at age nineteen became a duty manager at Vue Cinemas.

During the following ten years, I was employed by various companies in the Highlands and Moray, mainly in customer service and management roles. I worked with companies such as: T-Mobile, EE, Hertz and the Bank of Scotland. Throughout this time I also worked at Eden Court Theatre as a box office assistant, marketing assistant and more recently as a front of house customer service assistant. I continue to work at Eden Court Theatre whilst studying at UHI towards my counselling qualification.

Through working in a variety of positions within various companies and working closely with members of the public as well as my co-workers, I realised my real passion lies in talking and listening to others. Though I enjoy working as part of a team, the one-to-one contact with others became my key interest and led me to realise my strengths lie in this area. Furthermore, my managerial roles allowed me to teach, support and listen to the needs and concerns of employees, setting me up for a future in counselling.

As I come from a family of psychologists (both academic and educational) and have been exposed to this profession from a young age, I have always been interested in counselling and psychology. I am interested in human behaviour and thought processes, and this has led me to look deeper into these areas in my own time.

Following the death of a close friend and the loss of my father to cancer, both within a short space of time, I struggled with grief. In an attempt to manage my grief process, I researched a variety of counselling-based coping strategies. This led me to consider counselling as a career and to explore this further I undertook a number of psychology and counselling courses through the Open University including, ‘Introduction to Counselling’, ‘Understanding Society’ and ‘Discovering Psychology’. After completing these courses I enrolled in the ‘Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy’ qualification, at Inverness College – UHI. I am starting my third and final year in August 2016.

Having experienced loss and grief I feel that I have a lot to offer others who might be in the same situation. My diverse and rich life experience has offered me an understanding of people from all walks of life. I have a desire to help people work through their difficulties, and I am motivated to help them achieve their full potential in life.

Personal Interests

My work at Eden Court Theatre is also a hobby as I am passionate about theatre, film, music and art. My interest in these areas has allowed me to meet a variety of people, forming friendships and connecting with people from all over the world. My other hobbies include: football, outdoor bowls, gaming and drumming. I also enjoy keeping fit through yoga and spending time with my wife.

I love all animals and currently have a cat (Kali) and three rats (Lottie, Layla and Luna).

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