Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where you can explore the areas of your life that are causing you distress.
There may be times where you feel confused or overwhelmed by your feelings and counselling can help you gain an insight and understanding of yourself and your difficulties.
My background experience includes working in Mental Health, and as a Special Constable, this has given me a deeper insight to other's distress.
I am a member of BACP(British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)and BPS (British Psychological Society) , I work with Adults, Adolescents and Couples for both short -term and long-term therapy. I am trained in EMDR and maintain a membership with the EMDR Association.
As well as my private work, I also have experience working in GP practice and I have previously worked in secondary schools providing counselling for adolescents.
I previously worked in a managerial capacity for a large corporate Employee Assistance Programme providing short term counselling and brief psychological interventions.
In addition to private counselling, I am a CEO Clinical for a specialist Complex Trauma organisation, having previously been a Clinical Lead in the same organisation.
I have spoken at conferences and delivered workshops to other organisations to raise awareness of the impact of psychological distress.
Due to my interest in trauma, I wrote an article on the impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse and birth that was published in the British Journal of Midwifery.
In 2018 I won a North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership award.
I am currently working towards becoming a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and am also a member of the British Psychological Society.
In addition, I am also a Qualified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist which I do on a private basis, this also helps with Anxiety and stress.
I also work as a Coach to other Professionals who are looking for support and direction in dealing with various work related issues.
My Practice is based in Kilwinning which has good rail, bus and road networks. I also work online through various platforms that means my clients can come from all over the UK.
Training, qualifications & experience
EMDR (2016) - Richman Training
EMDR (2020) Children and Adolescents EMDR level 1
Msc Counselling (2017) University if Aberdeen
PG Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2014)
PG Dip Counselling (2007)
COSCA Cert in Counselling (2005)
Bsc(hons) Psychology (2001)
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy (2012)
As part of Continuing Professional Development I have also have completed the following training:
Skills for managing Suicide and Self Harm
Inter-Agency Child Protection
Mental Health First Aid
Safe to Say
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- My Fee is £45 per session which lasts 50 minutes, should this be a barrier to you, please let me know and we can discuss a way forward.
- Solicitors and Insurance and other external third parties £60 per session.
Sessions can be either weekly or fortnightly, and there is flexibility to change the frequency.
if a session is cancelled without 24 hours notice , there may be a charge applied.
I can provide an Enhanced Disclosure upon request.