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MBACP, PG Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy

About me

When life gets tough it can be so hard to know just what to do to put things right. Feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, difficulties within our relationships - these things are not always easy to change on our own, especially for the longer-term. I understand that.

As a professional Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I believe that counselling can help you to make sense of things. It can make a real difference to how you feel, how you act, and is a big step forward. Counselling is there for you, no matter what the problem. Simply put, it is a practical way to make your life better.

Counselling is confidential, you can be free to talk about anything that is bothering you. Many clients find that it doesn't take too long before the benefits of counselling begin to ripple through their daily lives. They tell me that just talking things through helps them to see their situation much more clearer. They begin to naturally feel stronger making decisions, taking action, and beginning to put what's wrong, right.

Counselling tends to be shorter-term work, where today's issues are talked through. Psychotherapy seeks out the underlying issues. A little time spent in this way, to undertake regular counselling, psychotherapy, can bring many rewards - for yourself, and for those you are close to.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland Counselling Supervision Certificate, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Registered Counsellor / Psychotherapist of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

University Speaker on 'The Value of Counselling'.

Founding Member of the Life Coaching Division of the BACP and can offer life coaching as an alternative, or an addition, to counselling and psychotherapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

All sessions can be either 60 or 90 minutes long and are priced at £50 for 60 minutes and £70 for 90 minutes, and include:

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Life Coaching
  • Couple Counselling (90 mins)
  • Skype Online Counselling
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Clinical Supervision sessions for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Professionals

Please ring, text, or email me to ask any questions, or to arrange a day and time for your first appointment.

Or, if you would prefer to go straight ahead and book an initial appointment, there is the option to use a calendar link on the Appointments page at www.counsellingwestscotland.com and I will confirm your appointment by return.

Often, an initial getting-to-know-each-other appointment can be so helpful in taking that first step into counselling. I want you to feel comfortable, that you are free to talk about whatever's on your mind.

When I work

9am - 9pm daily, including weekends. Short-notice appointments available.

Counselling West Scotland, St. Helens, St. Mary's Street, Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway, DG4 6BW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

The private, comfortable practice room is just a 2 minute walk from the local train station. It has parking right outside and is situated on the ground floor for easy access. Dog-friendly.

Online platforms

Skype

Social