Hope counselling was established in May 2012 when a group of counsellors were inspired to set up a new counselling service offering Integrative counselling, a style of therapy which was not available elsewhere in Aberdeen.

Several members of the management team have a background in the health service (Drs Tricia Kiehlmann and Lesley Stewart are former GPs) and all are active members of local churches with a heart to help those in distress in their community. They bring an understanding of the needs of clients from medical, social and christian perspectives, and manage the service with the oversight of the board of trustees.

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Dr Tricia Kiehlmann, MB ChB, Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg & accred) Management Consultant

Mrs Lesley Watt Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg & accred)

Mrs Val Smith, Director, Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg & accred)

Dr Lesley Stewart, MB ChB, Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg)

Mrs Joyce Leys, Dip Couns, MBACP (Reg)


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Administrator Mrs Marsha Doran 



How We Work

HOPE counsellors offer a safe, calm, supportive environment.

We use an Integrative method of counselling which combines the approaches of Person centred, Psychodynamic,  Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. This combination of approaches enables us to tailor the sessions to suit our clients' needs at each stage of their journey.


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HOPE counsellors are all trained to Diploma level or are students in the final stages of their training, and receive ongoing supervision according to the guidelines of their accrediting body, either BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) or COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).

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Means-based scale of charges makes this quality service available to all.

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Contact Us

Hope Counselling, Life Centre,
Caroline Place, Aberdeen, AB25 2TH
Charity no. SC042861

07899 736803