I am an experienced and Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) offering a confidential, professional and therapeutic service. I have a special interest in the mind-body connection and a deep appreciation of the uniqueness of every individual.
I see people at my private practice in Ayr and also offer telephone or video counselling. I am able to work in a flexible way either on a short-term or long-term basis, as required. I see adults and teenagers (aged 16 years and over) for counselling/psychotherapy. Sessions may be arranged weekly, fortnightly or by another agreed time frame and I have daytime appointments on weekdays and some Saturdays.
My initial postgraduate training at Strathclyde University was in the Person Centred Approach, but my practice now incorporates concepts and interventions form other models of therapy including CBT, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Solution Focussed Therapy offering a more Integrative Approach and which is tailored to an individual's needs. I have extensive experience of helping with most life issues including Bereavement, Anxiety, General Anxiety and OCD, Panic Attacks, Depression, Post Natal Depression, Serious Illness, Sexuality Issues, Self Harm, Trauma, Anger 'Management' and Anger Issues, Addiction, Relationship Issues, Loss of Confidence, Self esteem, Stress and Work-Related Stress. This list is not exhaustive and you may have concerns that are not mentioned here. If you would like to know any more information about me or my practice prior to counselling, I am happy to receive calls or e-mails to answer any queries you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a Counselling Skills Certificate (Cosca,1998) I went on to study at Strathclyde University and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2002). I am a Senior Accredited and Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr.Accred).
I have worked extensively with many people bringing a wide range of issues. This includes young people and adolescents (for which I have undertaken additional training 'Counselling in Secondary Schools' completed in 2004). I have worked in a health related setting (with links to NHS) and a community based setting (most referrals coming from GP's) before becoming established in my private practice in Ayr in 2005. My therapeutic work now includes providing counselling services to private individuals who self refer and individuals who are referred through their Occupational Health or Employee Assistance Programme. I also undertake sessional work for a local organisation where I see cancer patients or anyone affected by cancer.
Over the years I have completed many additional trainings at Post Graduate level including an in-depth specialist trauma training in Somatic Trauma Therapy (completed 2007). This therapy draws on ideas and practice from several models such as CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, where we are looking at what is happening 'now' - focusing on thoughts, behaviours and emotions and how these affect us - 'how we think affects how we feel and can determine our behaviours'), Attachment Psychotherapy (looking at our 'attachments' and relational experiences past and present and their impact - sometimes traumatic), Relaxation Techniques and Anxiety 'management' and Body Psychotherapy (working with physiological/somatic responses in the body and the mind/body connection).
I have an interest in the mind-body connection and the findings from some of the research in neuroscience and the subsequent implications for therapy. Also, I often encourage people to undertake Mindfulness practice to aid their recovery, and although I do not teach this myself, I offer information and resource material where they can learn more about this.
I also offer Critical Incident Response/Psychological First Aid to organisations (trainings completed 2007 and 2011), and have experience of attending Critical Incidents in the UK (on-site) ranging from terrorist attacks to serious incidents in the workplace - I work with groups and/or individuals as required.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Serious Illness including Cancer Issues, Bereavement by Suicide, Grief and Bereavement Counselling, Partners and Family Members affected by Addiction including Sexual Addiction, Autism, Identity, Body Image, Self Harm, Critical Incident Response, Post Trauma Stress, Isolation and Loneliness, Personal Development. Trans-identified and Trans-historied adults.
Concessions offered for
My fee for a 1 hour session is £50. I do have some concessionary spaces for students or anyone who has a low income, so please do inquire about this if you feel you may qualify.
I understand that 'one size does not fit all', so I can offer counselling services on a flexible basis. Some people only need to come for one or two sessions while others may feel that longer term therapy is more beneficial. The frequency and timing of appointments can also be arranged to suit your individual circumstances. I suggest making one appointment initially, where we can discuss any difficulties and concerns you may have. This provides an opportunity for us to explore your situation and decide whether or not we think counselling would be of benefit to you. Sometimes, but only very occasionally, another service other than counselling may be more relevant for your needs, in which case I would support you in accessing the appropriate help.
Fees for Organisations, Employee Assistance and for Critical Incident Response are by negotiation and according to requirements.
I am available most weekdays and some Saturdays mornings. Short notice appointments may be possible.
My counselling practice is in Wellington Square, Ayr, a 1 minute walk from Ayr Bus Station and about 7 minutes walk from Ayr train station. There is on-street metered parking outside and several car parks nearby. There is also free parking along Ayr sea front, Pavilion Road and Bath Place which is a 2-3 minute walk from Wellington Square.