About Me

My name is Steve Kelly* - thank you for viewing my website today. I'm a qualified therapist and am passionate about the person-centred approach, and how it can help people in uncertainty and distress. My formal qualifications include the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, awarded by Persona Training/University of Aberdeen. I have a Certificate in Couples Counselling awarded by Physis Scotland, a Certificate in Supervision Skills awarded by the British Psychological Society and I am a COSCA-accredited counselling skills trainer.

I have also been a psychology academic for the past three decades and currently lecture at the University of Strathclyde where I co-developed and lead the BSc Psychology and Counselling undergraduate programme.

I work in an affirmative way with all clients, providing a space to be heard in safety, free from judgement. I am always mindful of the responsibility I have towards each and every client and will work with you to try and achieve the outcomes you want.

*pronouns: he/him


Continuing Professional Development

As a professional counsellor, I am committed to improving my knowledge and practice. In addition to reading psychology and counselling textbooks and research articles, I also attend seminars and workshops. These have included training in online and telephone counselling, trauma skilled and trauma enhanced NHS training, trauma workshops and international conferences, safeguarding children, suicide awareness (Safetalk), suicide intervention (ASIST), counselling domestic and sexual abuse survivors, queer and transgender awareness and racial diversity awareness. 

In addition to University work and private practice, I am also a volunteer counsellor and a paid sessional worker with Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health, and I am on the Board of Directors  of the charity Wellbeing Scotland.



I am registered with the following organisations. Please click on the image to go to the organisation's website for further information. I adhere to the Ethical Framework of both COSCA and BACP and any complaint about my service should be made to these organisations.

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British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland  Membership no: 3646

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Professional Standards Authority


Counselling Tutor CPD training

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