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DipCBT/PQ Cert Counselling Children and Young People

About me

I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and have been trained integratively. What this means is I will ordinarily follow a Cognitive Behavioural treatment plan but if I feel your therapy would benefit from drawing upon other modalities then I am fully qualified to do so.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence based approach and is the NHS treatment of choice for many mental health issues. Additionally, NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has recommended CBT for the treatment of various mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

There has been extensive research and evidence for CBT successful treatment in the following conditions:

  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • sleep difficulties
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • chronic fatigue
  • anger management
  • self esteem
  • drug and alcohol problems
  • eating problems
  • phobias
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Each session will last 50 minutes. At the beginning of therapy, we will work together by identifying your goals and how counselling may benefit you. Each session will be structured collaboratively and accordingly to suit your needs.

All contact of sessions will be treated confidentially. A confidentiality agreement will be in place to protect you the client and myself as a therapist where confidentiality will be broken if I feel that you are a risk to yourself or others.

Each 50-minute session costs £45

I also offer low-cost rates for students and anyone that is unemployed as I fully believe that counselling should be accessible to each and every one of us.

If you feel that counselling would benefit you please do not hesitate to get in touch with me where we can speak over the telephone or via email. Additionally I happy to meet for a further discussion.

Children and Young Person Counselling 

I have extensive experience of working with children and young people from age 6 and upwards. I have experience working within educational settings, the voluntary sector and my private practice. I adapt my way of working with children to allow a child led and a creative way for children to get the most out of their therapy. I include elements of cbt, arts and crafts and sand tray/miniature world to help children explore their difficulties and to solution find. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Cosca certificate in counselling skills

Diploma in counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and group work

Post-Qualifying Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People: COSCA validated

HNC Social sciences

As part of my continuing professional development, I have attended various workshops which include:

  • Bullying it’s never acceptable programme.
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • BABCP: CBT with Children and Young People
  • Adult Protection Training
  • Choose Life: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Self-Harm Awareness TrainingAlcohol Related Brain Damage Awareness Training

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Accredited Register Scheme

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

£45 per 50-minute session

’Rewind Technique’ for trauma requiring 2-3 sessions.

Reduced rates offered to full-time students and unemployed (proof of student/unemployment status required).

Group work rates available upon request, please contact me to discuss requirements.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Douglas Business Centre, 22 Douglas Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, KA1 1RB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at , or contact this professional directly.

My counselling room is on the first floor and has two flights of stairs to access.

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