62 Shore Street
Counselling can feel a very exposing and vulnerable experience, and it is important that you find someone you feel comfortable enough with to share your thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged. With that in mind I’ve provided a brief description of my qualifications and way of working to give you a general idea of what you can expect if you decide to come to me for counselling but if you have any questions about my training, experience or counselling approach I’m happy to discuss this at an initial appointment or for you to get in touch by email or phone to help you decide.
I am a fully qualified integrative therapist and an accredited member of the BACP with a private counselling practice working out of premises in Gourock and Greenock. My original training was in pluralistic therapy, which is an integrative approach that draws on different therapeutic methods to help different people at different times. This means I have trained in a broad range of different therapeutic counselling models, such as person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, existential, transactional analysis and gestalt, and will work together with you to discover what way of counselling/therapy can be most helpful to you at this time.
I have a PgDip/MSc in Counselling and an MA (Hons) in Psychology, and have also completed further specalist training such as EMDR (part 1), Counselling for gambling and substance use and CRM training.
What to Expect From Counselling
If you decide it is the right time for you to come to counselling I will work with you in a collaborative way to allow for the therapy to go at your own pace in a way that is safest, comfortable and effective for you. Usually a first session will involve exploring together what you are looking to get from counselling, what I offer and deciding if that is something we think we can work on together. I listen without judgement and will work alongside you to discover what is going on for you and what changes to your thinking/behaviour, if any, you want to make.
I have worked and volunteered as a counsellor within a number of organisations, such as Childline over the phone and online, in a substance and gambling misuse service, in Rape Crisis and Womens Aid centres and within general counselling agencies.
If you would like to arrange an initial appointment or would like more information then please don’t hesitate to contact me either by phone or email.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Hons) in Psychology-University of Dundee
PGDip/MSc in Counselling-University of Abertay
Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) Basic Training-Lisa Schwartz
EMDR (Part1)-Richmond EMDR Training
COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate
Counselling for Gambling Problems-GamCare
Counselling For Alcohol/Substance Misuse-Tayside Council on Alcohol/Alcohol Focus Soctland
Rape Crisis Training- Womens Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
Working with Dissociative Identity disorder-First Person Plural
Working with Womens and Girls in the Sexual Violence Sector-Rape Crisis England and Wales/Open College Network West Midlands
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Fees are £40 a session, and sessions normally last around 50 minutes.
I can take payment through bank transfer 24 hours prior to the session, cash at the session, or card payment at the session (however card payment will incur a small charge)
Cancellations must be made with 24 hours notice or you will be charged for the full session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently I have appointments; Monday Evenings Wednesday all day
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|