Update 27th April 2021: In the present situation I am continuing to work remotely using a variety of means including Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp calls and telephone. I am also offering a limited number of walking sessions outside. I will be reviewing the possibility of returning to face to face sessions between now and June.
I have been working as a person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist for over 22 years, having taken a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Strathclyde University in 1998. I have over 15,000 hours of face to face client contact and have worked in a wide range of voluntary sector organisations, in private practice and, since 2003/4 - with Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University Student Counselling Services. Since 2007 I have supervised both qualified counsellors and students/trainees, graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision from Temenos in 2009. I now maintain a private practice offering psychotherapy/counselling, supervision, academic supervision and consultancy.
From 2007 - 2017 I was a Personal Tutor (aka PDM) and a group facilitator for the Edinburgh University School of Counselling & Psychotherapy. From 2017 - 2019 I was a Core Tutor on the training team.
I believe that people have within them the possibility of finding better strategies by which to live more functional and fulfilling lives; I aim to provide warmth, respect, acceptance and responsiveness whilst helping clients to locate and use their own resources, resolve problems and difficulties and to find better ways of managing their lives. I work across a broad range of issues and problems, and am happy to work with couples as well as individuals. I offer both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy as well as supervision for trainees and experienced counsellors.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked as an artist, in restaurants and in charity administration/fundraising.
I am a registered member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Code of Conduct.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision, Temenos, Sheffield 2009
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling Strathclyde University Counselling Unit 1998
Certificate in Counselling and Personal Development, Lewisham College London 1993
Volunteer training for Adfam National Helpline for families and friends of drug users 1993
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton (now Wolverhampton University) 1981
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
I charge £45 - 60 per hour for counselling/psychotherapy
I charge £60 - 100.00 per hour for couple counselling
I charge £45 per hour for supervision, academic supervision and consultancy.
I have a limited number of concessionary places.
Tuesday - Friday (daytime and evening), and Saturday (daytime only) at my flat in Leith Links