William Kirkpatrick

William Kirkpatrick, Counsellor

William grew up near Belfast in Northern Ireland. After experiencing significant loss, William decided it was time for a change and moved to mainland UK, where he gained an apprenticeship in engineering, an HNC in electronic and electrical engineering, and managed technical workshops. William has lived all over the UK, England, Wales, Ireland and currently Scotland.

After a 10-year career in engineering, William started his adventure to becoming a Counselling Psychologist. William enrolled in a BSc in Psychology with the University of the Highlands and Islands. William studying this undergraduate degree, William also volunteered with young people, and worked in residential settings for young people with challenging behaviours. William is currently studying a doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University, with the BACP recognising the first stage of the doctorate as an MSc in Psychological Counselling. William has a range of experiences working within the National health Service (NHS), and third sector organisations. William has worked with various organisations such as; NHS Lothian, NHS Fife, Maggie’s Aberdeen, Drug’s Alcohol & Psychotherapies Limited (DAPL), Cruse Bereavement Scotland. Within these various organisations William has worked with various populations including; general mental health, substance misuse, criminal justice, veterans, young people with substance misuse, families, couples, young people with neurodevelopment disorders including ASD ADHD and FSD, psycho-oncology.

William as a Psychological Counsellor, while also training to become a Counselling Psychologist, always works in a client-centred way holding humanistic values at his core. William utilises an ‘assimilative integrative’ approach in his practice, whereby he holds CBT as his base model for understanding the client and their presenting distress, while integrating various techniques and models from a range of models including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion-Focused-Therapy (EFT), Compassion-Focused-Therapy (CFT), Dialectical-Behavioural-Therapy (DBT), Schema therapy, and mindfulness. These range of models, techniques and interventions provides William with the ability to find a shared depth of understanding with each individual, and to then provide therapy that best works for the individual enabling them to get to where they want to go. William works with young people from age 11 to 18, adults throughout the lifespan, veterans, couples and families.

Qualifications and Training:
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (final stage)
  • MSc Psychological Counselling
  • BSc Psychology
  • Person Centred/Experiential Therapies
  • Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • COSCA certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Scotland's Mental Health First Aid: Young People
  • Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)