I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist with 18 years experience of offering counselling and psychotherapy to individuals in Edinburgh and East Lothian.
I have spent all of my adult life working with people as I am fascinated by and passionate about what it means to be human.
I believe that life presents all of us with times that can be challenging or painful and that we all have wounds which need to be acknowledged and processed in order to heal. Counselling or psychotherapy provides a safe space where we can be listened to and heard in such a way that the potential for healing, transformation and greater fulfilment in life becomes available to us.
I am trained in Transpersonal Psychotherapy – a therapy which offers a broad and holistic approach to human suffering, whether it is emotional, psychological, physical or spiritual. The Transpersonal approach has at its core the belief that we all have the capacity to grow and heal even through the most difficult life experiences.
I see the healing journey as a creative one, so as well as attending to the issues you bring to therapy I will also be bringing a deep compassion and attuned listening to the relationship between us and as well as talking we may also work with your dreams, body, the imagination, or movement if that feels appropriate.
My own personal journey has led me to explore many different areas of healing eg authentic movement, chi gung and meditation and work in the natural world which acknowledges the presence of soul. As a psychotherapist I am particularly interested in trauma, anxiety & depression, loss, feeling stuck and life transitions. I bring a broad range and depth of life experience to my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA English Literature & Language
Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education (Youth & Community Work)
Certificate in Transpersonal Skills & Perspectives (1999 -Transpersonal Psychology Scotland)
Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy (2007 - Centre for Transpersonal Psychology, London)
UKCP registered (2007)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life transitions, loss of meaning, childhood issues, unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
I also work with dreams, images and other creative means of expression.
Most recently I have become interested in ecopsychology which looks at our relationship to nature and the environment we live in.
I also run Dream Groups which are open to anyone who is interested in exploring their dreams with others in a small group setting. Please contact me for details of the latest Dream Group.
I have almost thirty years experience working with people in community groups and organisations both in Scotland and abroad, mainly in the fields of community health, women's issues and family literacy. This has enabled me to be in contact with people from all walks of life and I welcome diversity in my practice as a psychotherapist.