Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Glasgow – Neil Ward

“It is as though he listened

and such listening as his enfolds us in silence

in which at last we begin to hear

what we are meant to be.”

Lao-Tzu

Neil Ward - Glasgow Counsellor

As a Counsellor in Glasgow, I am fiercely committed to helping my counselling and psychotherapy clients deal with their challenges, and create better lives for themselves.

If you are looking for a professional counsellor, who can support you with relationship issues, depression, anxiety and such like, then you have come to the right place.

With over 10 years and 6000 hours of experience working with clients with similar worries and concerns to yours, my mission is to help people grow, develop and move forward to create happier lives.

It is a genuine privilege to work so closely with my clients, helping them resolve their innermost issues and problems.

Why I became a Counsellor?

After years of working as an (unhappy) Librarian, I discovered that counselling was my true calling. Although, I believe that my path to becoming a counsellor, was probably determined at a much earlier age.

The reason for this is that my mum suffered from depression for much of my childhood. And when I was about 16 years old, she died as a result of a chronic lung condition.

My early experiences are quite common in people who decide to go on and become therapists themselves.

Having a depressed or sick parent, can make us much more sensitive to other people’s feelings, and motivate us to help alleviate the emotional suffering of others.

In addition to this, I have come through various tough and dark times, as an adult, in my own life. I know what it is like to feel down, anxious, confused and lost.

To help myself, I turned to therapy, and have been a client, at several difficult points in my own life. I know therapy works. My own therapy helped me to turn a corner in my life; moving from merely surviving to thriving.

Furthermore, it helped me to understand, know and accept myself better.

The concept of Carl Jung’s wounded healer resonnates strongly with me. The basis of this is that in order to help others heal, the helper must have experienced wounding themselves.

One of the issues I struggled with for many years with finding a meaningful career.

I came across a quote from Richard Rohr recently, which really sums it up nicely, “When you get your,’Who am I?’, question right, all of your,’What should I do?’ questions tend to take care of themselves.” Looking back, I was not ready to find my vocation until I knew who I was.

Other reasons why working as a counsellor seems to be such a good fit for me is that:

  • this work is in harmony with my own personal values and beliefs
  • I enjoy working autonomously and flexibly
  • it allows me to help others grow and develop and realise their full potential
  • it involves understanding people and discovering what makes them tick. Sometimes clients ask me if it is boring to sit and listen to people all day long. But my work is far from boring
  • it gives me the chance to develop deep and meaningful relationships with clients
  • it gives me opportunities to continuously learn and develop, not just as a therapist but as a small business owner

Reasons to work with me as your Counsellor

I think my passion for what I do shows in what my clients say about the impact of my work on their lives

Individual counselling:

“Counselling with Neil helped me through one of the most difficult times of my life. His kindness and compassion encouraged me to be able to express painful thoughts and emotions, and this has helped me to heal. Neil has a lovely sense of humor, and although dealing with emotional and painful issues, we managed to laugh at times, which was wonderful. My time with Neil allowed me space to breathe, and helped me to feel more confident and positive, and to be kinder to myself.”

“Neil, many thanks for all your help. I feel really positive about life now and am in a good place. I feel secure and content, and your counselling was invaluable.”

Couples counselling:

“Neil, it’s been around a year since we came to you for help with our relationship. What a difference a year makes! Things are going really well with us. We got engaged towards the end of last year and will be getting married shortly. We’ve got a lot to look forward to. It has been tough at times, as life is! But we’ve worked to strengthen our relationship and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help. We still use a lot of the valuable advice you gave us including the communication techniques. Thank you so much.”

I am warm, empathic, genuine, accepting and trustworthy counsellor who is committed to helping you create the life you want. I will support you and never judge you, regardless of what you bring to my therapy office.

I have a wide variety of experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, bereavement, sexual issues, relationship problems, abuse, anger management, long-term health conditions, and low self-esteem, to name a few.

As I’ve said, I know what it’s like to be in counselling and psychotherapy, which gives me considerable valuable insight on what it’s like to be a client. I believe that this has taught me far more about good therapy than any professional counselling training I have taken.

Having said that, being properly trained in important.

Qualifications and training

My qualifications and training include:

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – Core Skills 1 & 2
  • Essentials of Psychosynthesis – Psychosynthesis Trust
  • Psychosexual Therapy Training, London
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy module
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy short course
  • Certificate in Relationships Counselling, Relationships Scotland, 2010
  • COSCA Certificate in Supervision course, University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1, University of Strathclyde, 2007
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 2007
  • Gestalt Therapy Training, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, 2003 -2005
  • CRUSE Bereavement Care, Cert in Bereavement Counseling, 2003
  • COSCA Cert in Counselling Skills 1995 – 1996
  • SCOTVEC Introduction to Counselling 1993
  • Diploma in Personnel Management, Dundee College, 1993
  • Diploma in Librarianship, University College Wales, Aberystwyth, 1989
  • MA (Hons), University of St Andrews, 1987

I undertake my continuing professional development very seriously by reading extensively and attending various therapy workshops and training events, on a regular basis.

I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). As a Counsellor, I am also required to attend clinical supervision with a more experienced therapist once a month.

What to do now

It would be my pleasure to support you to achieve the results that you want in our work together.

So if you are looking for a mature, experienced and compassionate Counsellor in Glasgow, get in touch.

Call me to arrange a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation today on 07970 860 711.

As well as face-to-face sessions, I also offer Counselling via Skype.

I look forward to hearing from you