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Whatever the reason that you’ve found my profile, therapy can probably help you feel better, or help you get in touch with your emotions. Often the changes you make may be small, but can still significantly improve your life.
Therapy can provide a safe, non-judgemental space where you can open up and explore what’s going on for you. You might want to focus on something very specific, or you might not be sure what it is that you need. I am particularly interested in how we can get comfort from the natural world and the outdoors, even in seemingly small ways.
I have a background in customer service and human resources and have a long-standing interest in relationships and communication. I have worked or volunteered in organisations of all sizes from the global financial sector to small charities.
Once you get in touch, I like to arrange a chat by phone to find out a little about why you’ve decided to seek counselling, and then if we decide to go ahead, we will agree a mutually convenient time to meet.
I am able to see counselling and psychotherapy clients in Cockenzie (East Lothian) or Edinburgh. Unfortunately at present, neither of the locations I see clients at are wheelchair accessible.
At our first session I will ask for more detail about your reasons for coming for counselling, and I may ask you some other questions, for example about your family history, which can often have a bearing on the current issue, or on how you are feeling. We will also go over administrative aspects of the counselling relationship. It is important that you think you will be able to feel comfortable in a relationship with me – and me with you – for us to be able to work together. It might be that our personalities don’t fit, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
The relationship between client and therapist is different each time, but we will work together to figure out what is going on for you and to help you to become more aware of where habits of thinking, feeling or behaviour may not be working for you as well now as they have in the past. It is quite likely that, once you trust me, you may well repeat your default patterns of relating to people with me, and talking about this can help us both to better understand and explore your difficulties. I don’t normally give advice, but I may offer tips or ways for you to think about how you react in certain situations.
You can end the counselling relationship at any time, but it is usually helpful if we discuss the ending first – especially if we have been working together for some time.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is in Transactional Analysis (TA). I trained with Physis Training in Edinburgh, and hold a Diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis, accredited by COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland). I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).
I have volunteered in the past as a counsellor at a community health project that offers short-term counselling free of charge. I have also provided emotional support and single-session counselling to service-users at a charity providing holiday respite for people with long-term conditions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have experience in working with people adjusting to living with long-term conditions.
£40 per 50 minute session; I will sometimes be able to offer concessionary sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My available appointments are mostly in the afternoon or evening during the week.