Young Persons’, Teenage, Adolescent Counselling

From March 2016 we will be offering Counselling for Young People, Adolescents and Teenagers.

We are delighted that Sheila Dowds will be joining the team from March 2016.


Here’s Sheila’s thoughts for Parents and Carers:

“Children and adolescents can so often experience troubling times as they travel the path to being young adults.



In my experience, difficulties experienced along the way fall (broadly) into the following groups:

  • Relationships: e.g. family and peer group
  • School
  • Emotional or physical wellbeing
  • Loss
  • Behavioural issues

Sometimes a life experience catches them unaware e.g. the death of a person who is very significant in their life.  Relationship issues are a major feature for children and young people and the strong desire to be “one of the crowd”.  Self-esteem issues causing increased levels of anxiety have risen dramatically in recent times.

Self-harm and cyber bullying are also issues which currently cause great emotional pain for our young people.  The pressures mount when school exams are on the horizon and learning difficulties can compound the problem.  Family life and relationships at home can sometimes become complex and  this impacts on the child or young person.

Counselling brings an opportunity to meet with a non-judgmental, experienced professional.  This can help a young person to find their way through more difficult stages in their childhood or teen years.  Counselling can provide an increase in the young person’s self-belief and in their own inner resources to cope now and in the future.”


You may read this and be that person or be responsible for a young person who is troubled just now by one or more of these issues:

  • anxiety,
  • being on the autism spectrum,
  • bullying (including cyber bullying),
  • complications in relationships,
  • doubt over their own abilities,
  • exam stress or simply
  • exhausted by the pressures of the curriculum,
  • insomnia,
  • self-harm or
  • suicidal thoughts.



Sheila has  been qualified as a person-centred counsellor for 17 years and 90% of her counselling experience has been spent working with young people.

No matter how troubling your present circumstances may be for you, it can be a ‘nourishing’, supportive and positive step to share these difficulties with a counsellor in a professional, caring environment where your confidentiality is respected.

Sheila is a highly experienced, professionally qualified and accredited counsellor.  She was instrumental (on her return to Scotland) in setting up a pilot secondary schools counselling service in Stirling.  Council budget constraints prevented the project from continuing.

Sheila has also worked as part of Strathclyde University’s Schools Counselling Project and was a counsellor in 2 secondary schools in Glasgow’s East End.  She has additional experience in the voluntary sector, bereavement counselling and as a counsellor in a GP practice.  Until recently Sheila worked in Stirling Council’s Education Service as a Principal Teacher (Support for Learning in secondary schools).

Sheila is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and a member of UKCP (UK council for psychotherapy) and is on BACP’s register of practitioners.


Sheila has particular experience in:

  • counselling for emotional problems,
  • cyber bullying,
  • self-harm and
  • managing the stress and anxiety associated with  exams.
  • supporting Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum.


Sheila is a very experienced and highly qualified Young Persons’ Counsellor and will practice from the Clinic every Wednesday  from 4pm.