Ros Cutts

I am Scottish in origin and have lived the last seven years as an expatriate, initially in the Netherlands and now in Calgary, Canada, where I continue to see clients in association with International Counselling Connections.

As a nurse for 20 years, I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people, from many different backgrounds and with a range of needs. This experience taught me how different we all are in the way we respond to the stresses in life.

Sometimes, even when everything seems to be going well, we can struggle with feelings we don't understand. Through counselling we can explore these feelings together and work out what they are all about so that you can understand them better. We can then work out what you would like to do to help get your life running the way you want it to. In counselling we have the time and space to work together toward finding solutions that are sometimes hard to find by yourself.

I offer a nonjudgemental relationship based on respect and empathy and work with adults on a wide range of problems. My special interests include the way we negotiate the many changes that occur in life. These may be due to illness, bereavement, separation, divorce, moving to another country, retirement, illness, teenage years, and a multitude of other life events. Different feelings, such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, can result from these transitions. I offer the opportunity to look at what's going on and help you decide the best way to get your life back on track. It can take courage to seek help to work on issues that seem hard to handle on your own, and sometimes it might seem a bit frightening or embarrassing to come to see a counsellor. For that reason our first session is spent getting to know each other, talking about what you want from counselling and what to expect, to enable you to decide if it is what you want.

I work through an integrative approach, meaning that I draw from different counselling theories to enhance the work I do, primarily person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic. I believe that everyone is unique and there is no single approach that suits all, so I work closely with you to find the one that is best for you. I believe that every individual has the capacity to find his or her own solutions to problems, which means I do not give advice but listen carefully to what you tell me. In this way we can work together to understand your difficulties and find different ways to deal with them. Sometimes, if we feel it might be helpful, this can involve tasks you do at home to help explore how your thoughts and feelings are connected. I believe that patterns of behaviour are often rooted in our childhood, so we may explore your childhood experiences to try to find out where problems may have started.

My professional qualifications in counselling include an advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling, along with an advanced certificate in grief and loss. I am a registered member of the the ABvC in the Netherlands and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in the UK and follow their ethical guidelines.