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My training as a counsellor was at the University of Edinburgh. It encompassed both the person-centered and psychodynamic approaches. I see my job as being to create a safe, therapeutic space in which issues can be explored at depth. In line with person-centered and the more modern psychodynamic thinking, I believe the development of a deep, trusting relationship is, in itself, healing and facilitates growth and positive change.
What I have noticed consistently in my practice is that as people explore their issues they automatically start to make positive changes in their lives, particularly in their relationships. It can seem almost magical at times. As we change, the world around us also changes.
I have also been a mental health nurse since 2002 and this has given me a breadth and depth of experience in working with all kinds of problems. I don't think you necessarily have to have a "problem" or a diagnosis to come into therapy though. Often people just have a sense of dissatisfaction or want to explore issues in a safe, confidential place.
I'm a keen runner and wrote my Masters dissertation on the subject of running, how central it can become in peoples' lives and the difficulty of adjusting to illness or injury.
I currently do my counselling work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, afternoons and early evenings.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Certificate in CBT (barely passed!) QMU and South of Scotland CBT 2016-2017
Masters in Counselling with distinction. University of Edinburgh. 2010-2014
Advanced Certificate in Group Analytic Psychotherapy. 2007-2010
Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. Napier University. 2000-2002
Certificate in Counselling Theory Telford College 1996
Certificate in Counselling Practice Telford College 1997
MSc in Information Technology University of Stirling 1991-1992
Ba (Hons) in English Studies (IIii) University of Stirling 1984-1988
While still working in the Royal Edinburgh I facilitated and co-facilitated more than 200 groups.
I worked as a tutor on the PG Diploma Course at Edinburgh University from 2015-2017.
I have had my own private counselling business since January 2015
I provided counselling in the voluntary sector from 2012 - 2015.
I have been (and still am) a Community Mental Health Nurse since 2010.
I worked as a Mental Health Nurse in the Royal Edinburgh from 2002 - 2010.
I was a support worker with people with physical disabilities 1993 - 2000
I have been a meditator for nearly 20 years and am very interested in dreams.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I charge £25 for a first exploratory session.
My full fee is £40 an hour but I will negotiate if this is too much. My time in therapy has been dependent on working with therapists who were willing to work for less.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Tuesdays and Thursdays, afternoons and early evening.
Types of client