5 Dundonald Street
28 Forth Street
Experienced, BACP accredited, counsellor / psychotherapist (20 yrs+). Flexible day/evening appts Mon - Sat. Central Edinburgh or Portobello Road area. Safe, confidential space to work through difficult times, confused feelings, long standing issues,…counselling can help you find a way through; a new understanding, different perspectives; and open up possibilities.
People sometimes come to counselling to cope with a specific challenge, perhaps family or relationships issues or generalised anxiety; low confidence; being a parent; bereavement; problems at work; or perhaps feelings arising from childhood events or trauma …many different reasons. Very often people I work with just don’t know where to start, or can't explain, or understand why they feel as they do. Everyone is different.
I will offer you space to explore your feelings and thoughts, I'll be actively engaged with you, will listen well and won't judge you or the choices you have made in your life.
I work with people from all walks of life – those in senior roles, and those without paid work; local people and those who have moved to Scotland from across the world; people with varied culture, ethnicity and faith; young people and older people; LGBT community; people with mental health issues or chronic illness.
I have trained extensively in person-centred theory, also in psychodynamic and gestalt models. I integrate all of my training into my work. I have worked for many years with creative tools such as art and imagery. Where this is helpful we can use this in our exploration.
In addition to my private practice, I have also provided counselling and counselling supervision in specialist agencies such rape crisis; LGBT services, substance misuse recovery and rehabilitation services; multi-cultural inner city GP surgeries and community centres.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Art Therapy (2001)
- Masters in Counselling (2000) Keele University
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling (1998) Keele University
- Diploma in Counselling (1996)
- Certificate in Counselling (1994)
Additional relevant qualifications
- Diploma in Coaching Supervision (2011)
- Certificate in Coaching Practice (2010)
- Urdu GCSE (2009)
- Basic Mongolian (2013)
- RGN/RSCN 1981 (not practising)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have special experience of supporting people with
Mental health issues
Childhood abuse - including child sexual abuse
Separation & divorce
£60 per session (50 minutes) for counselling
£75 per session (50 minutes) for a blend of counselling and coaching.
Other information about me that may be of interest:
I also offer coaching. This supports people to focus on the future – to achieve lifetime dreams; personal goals; or explore the sense that there is more to life. I support people who want to discover, find options, change unhelpful patterns, and create new approaches to life’s challenges.
I also provide executive coaching for organisational leaders and senior managers. This focuses on issues arising from the workplace: the complexities of leading in today’s world; cross-cultural issues in global companies; creating better relationships; maintaining integrity under pressure… a confidential place to explore options and strategies before taking action.
Supporting Professional Development
I have been providing supervision for counsellors and health professionals for over 15 years. I have taught accredited counselling courses, specifically in Art Therapy skills, and also supervised students. I currently supervise counsellors who themselves are experienced trainers, supervisors and researchers. I am also an accredited coach supervisor. Professional supervision is essential to maintaining good practice. I undergo regular supervision with an experienced practitioner in England.
I am Chair of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Coaching Division leading the development of the coach-therapist profession.
I am a member of BACP and abide by the Ethical Framework; I am also a member of Association for Coaching; Association of Coaching Supervisors.
- Also registered with Life Coach Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexible daytime and evening appointments Mon - Sat. Face-to-face in Edinburgh Centre or Skype/Zoom for international or long distance counselling
Supervision & training
I am an experienced counselling supervisor (over 15 years), and I am passionate about the development of practitioners.View supervision profile