When you are struggling with a difficult issue or suffering from distressing emotions or circumstances, you may find it helpful to talk things through, in confidence, with someone who is not connected to you in any way. I will listen to you without judging you, offering you warm support and the chance to work through your difficulty at a pace that suits you. You will have the time and space to think and talk about what you need, and we will work together to try to improve things.
I have experience in working with bereavement and other losses, ill health/disability, stress, anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, relationship issues, addictions, anger, overeating, life transitions, low self esteem and other issues.
I am a pluralistic counsellor with a person-centred core. This means that above all I will listen sensitively and carefully, accepting you and what you say without judging you, and providing you with the time and space to explore your thoughts and feelings. Much of our work together may be 'just talking'. However there are many ways to work in counselling and I can offer other techniques if they seem more useful.
The starting point will be a conversation about what you hope to get out of counselling and what we might do to begin to address the issue. Perhaps you already know what your goals are but it can be difficult at first to know what you want to achieve, in which case we can take time to understand why you're seeking counselling.
I aim to provide a safe space in which you feel you are an equal partner and where you can express your preferences for how we work together. For example, you might want to focus on what’s happening now, or on what happened in the past, or the future, and I will respect that. I will give you the opportunity to say if something we do hasn't been helpful and I encourage comments and feedback.
I work one-to-one with individual clients. My counselling room is in a quiet part of St Andrews, 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town. I am available during daytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited Alcohol Counsellor (Alcohol Focus Scotland)
I have worked in the voluntary sector as an alcohol support counsellor and with survivors of domestic abuse, as well as in private practice.
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
£40 for a 50 minute session (£35 students/unwaged/low waged)
A lower fee may be available. Contact me for details.