My name is Pamela Mallon and I am a Person-Centred counsellor based in Livingston, West Lothian. My office is just a few minutes walk from Livingston North train station, which is on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street line, making it very accessible from areas outwith Livingston.
Before working as a counsellor, I worked for 16 years in the Investment Banking industry, but I was feeling more and more dissatisfied with my career path and started working part time as a volunteer for a local babyloss charity. It was then that I realised that I had a real passion for helping others and this subsequently led to me deciding to re-train as a counsellor.
Since then I have worked for an abuse agency, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and I also work with families who have lost babies or children. From these experiences, I have developed a specific interest in working with trauma and it's something that I incorporate into my practice.
My experience within general counselling practice has given me a wide range of experience in working with all sorts of difficulties which people face in life; from bereavement and grief, to self esteem issues and relationship difficulties. I believe that counselling can be life changing for some people and the strength of the human spirit never ceases to amaze me at times.
We cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are. Then change seems to come about almost unnoticed. (Carl R. Rogers)
Making the decision to start counselling can be daunting and takes so much courage. My first hope is that I am able to make you feel comfortable exploring yourself in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space.
What is most personal is most universal. (Carl R. Rogers)
Every person faces difficulty at some point in their life and so people come to counselling for a variety of reasons. Some feel they need some help and support to make a major life decision, others may simply want to understand themselves better by building on their self-awareness.
I believe that whatever the reason, the relationship between therapist and client is fundamental to the counselling process. This is the relationship that will allow you to go on a journey of self-exploration and facilitate the possibility of life-long changes.
What I am is good enough, if I would only be it more openly (Carl R. Rogers)
I predominantly work in a person-centred way because I believe that you are the expert on your life. Through building a therapeutic relationship with me, you will have the freedom to explore yourself and the difficulties that you face. This approach will hopefully take you to a place of self-acceptance and empower you to facilitate the change you seek, as well as understanding yourself better in relation to others.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. (Carl R. Rogers)
As your counsellor, I will be alongside you as you proceed in this journey of self-exploration.