Our Volunteer Counsellors

OUR VOLUNTEER COUNSELLORS

Here you can learn a bit more about our wonderful volunteer counsellors who give their time and expertise to KASP without asking anything in return. Some of them have been giving their time for years just because of their selfless passion to make a difference in the lives of others. They all are incredibly competent and committed to providing quality counselling to KASP’s survivors. 

Sandy McFarland

I became interested in counselling after starting a 13 week course in Hull, I just enjoyed learning and the challenge the course presented regarding self. I moved to Scotland, attended Edinburgh University, then finished my Diploma several years later. I have counselled at Kasp for over ten years, and find counselling here really interesting, challenging and very rewarding.

Anne Brunet

I did my counselling training at Edinburgh University and in my second year of training I was very lucky to get a placement at KASP. As a trainee, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse was, initially, hugely daunting. Equally, it was hugely rewarding and inspiring, and I very quickly realised that this was an area of work that I wanted to continue with. And so, after completion of my training, I remained working as a counsellor at KASP on a voluntary basis, and have done so for approximately 8 years. And the work that I continue to do remains just as rewarding and inspiring as it did when I started my placement at KASP. As do the people that I work with.

John Lang

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Hayley Dippie

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Jonathan Stockwell

What do clients need in counselling? There are many different answers, but probably most fundamental is a counsellor they feel safe with. So my main priority is to be trustworthy. That means going at the client’s pace, respecting what they feel, and being thoughtful, open and genuine. Trust can take time to build but KASP offers open-ended counselling, so there’s no hurry. That's why I love volunteering there. For those who like labels, I’m a person-centred counsellor but I also have some psychodynamic training. I studied at Edinburgh University and I’m a registered BACP member.

Adele Shepherd

Hi, I’m Adele, my counselling approach is pluralistic, I love working in this way as it allows me to be flexible with what my clients need as I draw from many different theories. I collaborate with my clients on therapeutic activities and I feel this positively affects the therapeutic outcome. In my spare time I love running and walking my dogs and spending time with my family.

Jason Connolly

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Tina MacDonald

I am a Pluralistic counsellor who works across all theories. I have been involved with Mindfulness for over 8 years and am a member of The Mindfulness Association of Scotland. I enjoy hill walking and running. Sharing laughter with friends over lunch is a favourite pastime.

Wongani Nyirenda

I have been a volunteer counsellor with KASP since 2019, I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor, previous experience has also been counselling men and women who have gone through Post Natal depression as well as Generic counselling. I feel honoured and privileged to be part of KASP and walking alongside clients who are trying to make sense of their suffering and hope that I can provide the safe space for them to be able to do so.