top of page
Becoming a counsellor

Kirsten Amis

MBACP(Accred) • MEd • BA

Counselling sessions are objective, structured and usually last 50 minutes. We establish a professional relationship designed to focus on any issue the client brings, whether this be health, worries, upset or personal development. The process involves discussing areas of concern in a gentle manner that helps identify a way forward. At no point is advice or opinion given.

Click here for a guide to counselling which you might find helpful.

All content discussed is private and treated respectfully. During the first meeting a contract is negotiated which establishes our agreed boundaries including confidentiality, how often we meet and what to expect.


I am based in Dunoon, Argyll but if that is not convenient, I also offer sessions via Zoom.

About me

Since completing my my training as a mental health nurse in 1987 and my counselling training in 1993, I have worked as a counsellor, lecturer in counselling and clinical supervisor with posts within the NHS, colleges, private practice and third sector organisations. I have also written text books, counselling qualifications and worked with both BACP and SQA. I have also been an external examiner for several university counselling courses and been part of an advisory committee for the Scottish Government. I am the Head of Clinical Practice and Safeguarding with a central Glasgow counselling service.  

ACTO logo 2023-24.png

Getting Help

Counselling is only one option for accessing support. Below are links to other agencies that may be able to offer help.

It is always recommended to discuss with your GP if you are needing help. In an emergency, please go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department or dial 999.

Samaritans logo

Breathing Space

Tel: 0800 83 85 87 (UK)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tel: 0800 9177 650

 I found this [workshop] hugely valuable in my understanding of how to cope if suicide risk is something that occurs with clients in the future. I have clarity on the policies, procedures, law and ethics, so in effect a map of the process required and understanding of my responsibilities and boundaries.
Workshop participant, 2018
bottom of page