If you are currently finding life difficult because of recent events or experiences from childhood and feel you just can't talk to your partner, family or friends, then I can help you explore, understand and move on from these uncomfortable feelings so you can feel better and get your life back on track. I know it can be a bit daunting to see a counsellor for the first time, but be assured that you will receive a warm welcome and most people find counselling a very useful and rewarding process.
Many of my clients come with relationship problems and, as an accredited couple counsellor, I see both individuals and couples for a variety of relationship issues such as affairs, poor communication/arguments, drifting apart, sexual problems/lack of intimacy and stepfamily difficulties. Another growing problem for couples and relationships is the use of technology for accessing pornography, sexting, cybersex. This can lead to sex addiction with many negative consequences for the person's relationships, social life, finances etc. Couple counselling gives each partner the time to talk, listen and understand each other better. People may also come to talk about separation and how to end their relationship amicably.
I also work with other problems such as abuse, bereavement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor body image and emotional eating.
Since lockdown and with COVID restrictions still in place, I now sessions by Zoom as well as limited face-to-face sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have considerable experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors and began counselling in 2004. After completing a Diploma in Couple Counselling in 2007, I became an accredited Couple Counsellor with Relationships Scotland in 2008. I continued my counselling studies full-time with a Post-Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Counselling from the University of Abertay in 2009. I subsequently completed a Diploma in Casework Supervision in 2012 and now supervise counsellors for individual and couple work and in groups. Mostly recently, I completed a Diploma in Sex Addiction - 2014.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for individual counselling
£50 for couple counselling
£40 for supervision (reduced rate for students)
Please feel free to phone or email me with any questions you may have.