I am an experienced, compassionate, fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with an MA(Hons) from the University of St. Andrews and a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Edinburgh. I have more than ten years' clinical experience, and am in the final stages of being awarded a Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy from the University of Edinburgh.
I work therapeutically with individuals on a wide range of experiences and concerns. I have particular experience in working with anxiety, self-esteem, family and relationship issues, bereavement and loss, stress-related issues and burnout, personal boundaries, sleep difficulties, and in supporting clients through personal growth and towards deeper authenticity at any stage of life.
Kindness, understanding, acceptance, caring and insight, from professionals and loved ones alike, have been a steadying and healing force at difficult times in my own life. These qualities have helped me better connect with and understand myself, my relationships, and the sets of circumstances which life has delivered, enabling me to find wisdom from understanding, the capacity for making positive change, and healthy ways to cope with and integrate that which cannot be changed. I firmly believe that we all have an innate capacity for healing, and these approaches lies at the heart of my therapeutic work.
Our life experiences and longings, and how we relate to those, are unique, so my approach is a pluralistic one. This means I draw on the practices and perspectives from a range of modalities and therapies to create a synthesis of support that respects each person's individual circumstances and capacity. My therapeutic approach seeks to support the inherent health of our whole being, spanning the mental, emotional, physical and relational aspects of our experiences, while honouring difference and diversity and all that makes us unique. I also integrate embodiment, spirituality, and ecopsychology in pathways to healing for those interested in these perspectives.
I have further specialist training and experience in supporting women across different stages of the female life cycle including fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, menstruality and perimenopause, and with women's health concerns such as endometriosis and PCOS. I also have experience of supporting clients living with longterm health conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome/M.E., fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and autoimmune conditions, as well as those with terminal illness.
Prior to full-time engagement with my therapy practice and academic research, I worked in professional services and leadership roles and spent several years living and working internationally.
As a Registered Member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by their Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with an MA(Hons) from the University of St. Andrews and a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Edinburgh. I am in the final stages of being awarded a Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy with the University of Edinburgh.
I have undertaken extensive training and development in humanistic, psychodynamic, and transpersonal theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, which also incorporate spiritual perspectives and ecopsychology in pathways to healing. I am also an experienced embodiment therapist, bodyworker, and yoga therapist, and I offer integrative therapeutic approaches incorporating these practices and perspectives when appropriate.
I am committed to professionalism, and regularly attend continuing professional development trainings and events to enhance my therapeutic offerings and to keep up-to-date with the latest research findings.
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees per therapeutic hour (50 minutes): in-person sessions £75; online sessions £70.