My approach is integrative. For short term work I am likely to draw on personal construct psychology, exploring how we make meaning in our lives. Longer term work is likely to take a more psychodynamic approach, where we explore unconscious processes that affect us and how we defend against these affects. We consider how early relationships reveal themselves in the way we relate to each other. As your counsellor, that’s some of what I will be thinking about as I listen to you.
What you will experience is an empathic listener, gently encouraging you to put words to your thoughts and feelings in the security of a confidential, boundaried, therapeutic relationship.
Within counselling I have particular interests in relationship issues in all their expressions, workplace stress, panic, anxiety, and helping people away from feeling sad and low esteem towards confidence and empowerment.
COUNSELLING WITH ME
As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I will work with you through your difficult times. I offer counselling to adults regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, race and history.
For those unfamiliar with counselling, starting out can feel unusual. We’re not used to the attentiveness, and the sometimes uncomfortable experience where we share our stories, thoughts and feelings with thoughtful reflections delivered by someone who cares. And it may take some time to feel sufficiently comfortable about expressing things that we’ve been holding onto for so long, perhaps without realising it.
At the first session, I will take some essential details from you and give you a chance to speak your mind – what brings you to counselling, for example. I will listen and communicate my understanding of your situation. And we will work at a pace which is right for you. The mutuality of the counselling relationship means we are both stakeholders in the processs.
Training, qualifications & experience
After working in the engineering then financial sectors, I studied counselling, attaining a PgDip in 2007, then an MSc in 2008. Working part time for ten years, I finally left my job in financial services in 2017, and now with eleven years of post-qualification experience, I offer counselling at Eyre Place Osteopathic Practice in Edinburgh's New Town.
I am a registered member of BACP and consequently practise within their ethical framework, which includes minimum levels of supervision and continuing professional development.
I trained as a supervisor at CTSD London using the Hawkins & Shohet "Seven Eyed" approach.
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
£50 per 50 minute session, payment by card or cash.