I am a Person-Centred Counsellor.
I believe that by exploring our own internal landscape we can find a way to live in the world as we really are, to be more secure in our choices, and to relate to others in a way that is engaged and authentic.
A way that helps us to function in an increasingly chaotic and demanding social environment.
I don't think we can achieve this by following a set of instructions or by applying a specific theoretical framework. I think, instead, that we must allow our own feelings and recollections to guide us towards meaningful growth.
It can be hard to do this on our own.
Before training as a Counsellor and as a Counselling Supervisor, I had a long experience of pastoral support roles - student advising and union casework - in a Higher Education setting. I have also experienced the benefit of counselling during a crisis in my own life.
More broadly, I think I have discovered the creative potential of 'real conversation' in many contexts - personal interactions, academic seminars, union negotiations, administrative engagements, therapeutic relationships, and counsellor supervision.
If you would like to meet, I do not charge for an assessment session.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Philosophy) 1975
CA (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) 1981
MLitt (Philosophy) 1987
PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Aberdeen) 2016
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Persona) 2020
I worked as an accountant in the oil industry before joining the University of Aberdeen Business School in 1990. While working at the university I was a personal caseworker for the UCU (University and College Union), and also a student adviser.
I have had a long interest in mental health issues and served on the Board of Mental Health Aberdeen for many years. I started my formal Counselling training on my retirement from the University in 2011.
My philosophical interests are mainly focused on language and meaning - the role of conversation in discovery and exploration.
I presently work in private practice, through Old Aberdeen Counselling Services Ltd.
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
I normally charge £60 for a one hour session with a single client. The initial (assessment) session is free.
I am happy to negotiate concessionary rates to students and to anyone in financial hardship. I do not believe that cost should be a barrier to accessing counselling.
I am happy to negotiate fees for group work.
I have suspended face-to-face counselling for the duration of the coronavirus lock-down. I am, however, taking bookings for on-line counselling.
Many clients have found that this works well for them - often much better than expected. Let me know if you'd like to try an introductory session!