Mrs Janet Watson

Mrs Janet Watson
PGDip Counselling, Certificate in Counselling Supervision, MBACP (Accred), BSc Psychology (Hons) NCTJ (prof cert)

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Mrs Janet Watson
Mrs Janet Watson

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The University of Aberdeen MR602, King's College, Aberdeen.


After a 30-year career in journalism, starting as a junior reporter working for titles within the Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group, I moved up through the Yorkshire Post and then became a features sub-editor and writer for The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, based in Edinburgh. I studied for my psychology degree while my three children were young, then decided on a change of career culminating in a PGDip Counselling (psychodynamic and person-centred) from the University of Edinburgh. In 2012 I also published my memoir Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge

I split my working week between teaching on the PG Dip courses at the University of Aberdeen and my private practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist in Edinburgh (OnlyConnect Counselling). I also work in the voluntary sector as a counsellor/supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care. I'm writing a novel based on the events during the 1984 miner's strike - something I covered as a junior reporter - in particular the cultural shifts affecting the traditional gender roles in the coalfield communities during and after the strike. I'm also developing a sequel to my memoir, working title Cats Go Out At Night. I have contributed to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, Therapy Today, The Scotsman, and Scotland on Sunday.