Fully qualified and experienced person-centred and experiential counsellor. Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
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I live and work from the island of Islay situated in the Inner Hebrides.
Recognising that you want help and making a decision to seek support can take a lot of courage and determination. Perhaps you are taking your first steps towards wanting to bring change into your life, to feel differently about yourself, to make sense of current and past experiences and to gain sense of hope?
About my practice.
With compassion I aim to create a safe and confidential space, to nurture a particular therapeutic way of being between us that can feel accepting, real and trustworthy. Together we can explore, make sense of and work through whatever you decide to bring to your therapeutic sessions with me.
Deepening an understanding of difficult and painful current or historic experiences and perceptions can lead to a stronger sense of personal freedom, self-acceptance and healing.
My therapy room is on ground floor level. Easily accessible, but no disabled accessibility available (alternative venue can be arranged). There is parking next to the building.
I offer individual short and longer term therapy. Our initial meeting is free of charge. I will explain about how I work therapeutically and it is an opportunity for you to consider what you are seeking in terms of help and support at this time and identify what we can expect from each other (Counselling Agreement) if we decide to work together. Home visits will be considered.
Training, qualifications & experience
My working life has been predominantly in mental health services. I gained accredited counsellor status with Alcohol Focus Scotland in 2002, working as a volunteer counsellor with an alcohol and drug service in Stirling whilst undertaking a Dip HE in Nursing and qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2003. I worked as a staff nurse with a Lancashire NHS Psychiatric Hospital and working in a number of different clinical settings for the eight years. I went back to university in my 50’s to undertake a Dip HE in Counselling and Psychotherapy and qualified in 2014. As a student counsellor, I worked with adults experiencing a range of mental health issues including addiction, bereavement, work place stress, bullying, abuse and personal and relationship issues.
During my training I decided that I wanted to work with young people as I became increasingly interested in issues that young people were experiencing and I felt passionate about changing the lack of opportunities for CYP to be heard and their experiences validated. I gained a placement with Xenzone Ltd- a schools- based counselling service. I worked in secondary schools in mid Wales and after I had qualified, I continued to work with children and young people in secondary and primary schools.
I took the decision to return to Scotland in 2017 and I now have a private practice based on Islay. Working with individual adults and young people over the age of 16 years.
As a registered member of the BACP, I work in accordance with their Code of Ethics and their complaints procedure.
I hold full indemnity insurance.
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
My therapy sessions are 50 minutes in duration and cost £40. I offer a discounted rate of £28 per session for low income households and some 3rd sector organisations.