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About me

I specialise in working with childhood trauma, abuse, complex trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as relational issues, low self esteem, addiction and grief. I am an integrative therapist, drawing from different therapeutic models to fit you as an individual.

I offer sessions in-person, online or by telephone in the evenings and at weekends. 

Why Counselling?

You may have had a recent difficult experience, or perhaps you are going through changes in your life which you are finding difficult.  

Maybe you are feeling stuck, disillusioned and frustrated and feel like invisible barriers are preventing you from experiencing fulfilment in your life and relationships.

Or perhaps you are feeling and experiencing something completely different from anything mentioned here.

There is no set checklist or criteria for counselling and therapy.

But painful and overwhelming situations, experiences and memories can often lead to feelings of sadness, panic, anger,  self-punishment, isolation, rejection or perhaps abandonment.  It can be very difficult to be compassionate and understanding towards yourself when dealing with such conflicting, painful  feelings, which can then lead to feelings of loneliness, shame or despair.

It can be helpful to speak with someone to let these feelings out and explore them in a safe,  non-judgemental, confidential space.

Working collaboratively with you, at your own pace, I can help you untangle, process, and understand thoughts feelings and behaviours that shape your past and current experiences. In doing so, I can help you to connect to a deeper and more compassionate understanding of where you are now.  I can work with you,  offering new insights to help you break repeat patterns of behaviour,  supporting positive change to help you move forward.

It is important that you feel able to talk openly with someone where you feel safe, seen and heard. I offer an initial session where we talk about what you are hoping to get out of counselling and we will also talk explore short and longer term therapy options.  One of the most important aspects of this first session is to decide whether we are a good fit,  and that you feel comfortable speaking with me.

If we decide to continue we agree to meet regularly, preferably at the same time.  It is recommended to have at least 6-8 sessions to allow the trust and relationship with a counsellor to build. 

As our work progresses, we periodically check to see how you feel the work is going and to what extent you feel your goals are being met and whether you want to stop or continue with sessions. 

 If you would like to have an initial chat, please do get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy awarded by The University of Edinburgh. 

I am an experienced trauma therapist and have worked for a long established counselling service in Edinburgh specialising in Complex Trauma.  I am also experienced in workplace and student counselling.

I have over 20 years experience working with private, public and charitable organisations and have a comprehensive understanding of the pressures that can lead people to burnout.

Member organisations

COSCA

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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).

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Unemployed

21 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 5EH

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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