We all have moments when we experience internal conflicts, difficulties within our relationships, stress and anxiety, and painful and difficult emotions we struggle to contain. Counselling can provide the opportunity to make sense of our experiences, both historical and present, and the painful emotions we can experience and the conflicts this can create. It can also be a great way to support our personal development.
How Counselling Can Help
I aim to provide an opportunity to engage in a safe, confidential therapeutic relationship and for you to experience deep acceptance, understanding, warmth and compassion. This therapeutic relationship can support you make sense of things more freely and clearly, discover your own answers and solutions, as well as how to manage presenting difficulties or painful emotions in a more effective way, individual and unique to you.
I have a private practice based just outside Biggar, South Lanarkshire and provide training and consultancy for various organisations throughout the UK. I also provide pet therapy with Trouble, our golden Labrador - Trouble often works with me with children and young people in a variety of settings, along with older adults.
Call or send an email to set up an initial, free consultation where we can discuss what you want to get out of counselling and if happy, we can set up a second session and arrange weekly, fortnightly or monthly sessions depending on your need.
Training, qualifications & experience
Experience & Qualifications
I have completed training to Postgraduate Diploma level in Person-centred Counselling with the University of Strathclyde, accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Play Therapy, Couples and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro-linguistic Programming.
Before focusing on psychotherapy, I spent five years working in the legal field as a Paralegal, and held a Senior Management position for several years within a private residential child care organisation, providing valuable experience in the corporate, business and legal sectors.
Since qualifying as a counsellor in 2011, I have acquired vast experience of working with individuals, couples and families for varying difficulties and issues. Working within a GP surgery, LGBT Youth, a voluntary organisation specialising in trauma and abuse, as well as a third sector organisation working with families affected by a loved one’s substance use and bereavement, the clients I work with are of varying ages, backgrounds and genders.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), working by their code of ethics and professional standards of practice and I am fully insured.
- Paralegal Practice Certificate (2009 - University of Strathclyde)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (2010 - University of Strathclyde)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Person-centred Counselling (2011 - University of Strathclyde)
- CPD Certificate in Non-directive Play Therapy (2015 - University of Strathclyde)
- CPD Certificate in working with Teenagers and Bereavement (2016 - Child Bereavement UK)
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) (2016 – Newcastle PROPS)
- MSc in Child and Youth Care Studies (2018 – University of Strathclyde)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (2020)
- Diploma in Couples and Family Therapy (2020)
- Diploma Neuro Linguistic Programming (2021)
- Counsellor with LGBT Youth
- Counsellor with GP Practice
- Psychotherapist with Voluntary organisation specialising in trauma and abuse
- Psychotherapist with Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
- Service Manager within Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services
- House Manager with therapeutic residential child care organisation
- Therapeutic Practice Manager with therapeutic residential child care organisation
- Head of Therapeutic Services with therapeutic residential child care organisation
- Head of Care Delivery with therapeutic residential child care organisation
- Consultant Trainer for Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise Limited
- Consultant Trainer in Attachment and Trauma
- Consultant Trainer in Child Development and Child Protection
My passion for working with children, young people and families began in 2001 when I first began working in the field of therapeutic residential child care. From 2001, I held various roles within therapeutic childcare, working with children and young people directly, as well as individual family members and families as a group. In 2015, due to my expanding work with children and young people, I undertook further professional development, gaining a continued professional development certificate in non-directive play therapy (University of Strathclyde), and further training in 2016 with Child Bereavement UK in working with Teenagers and Bereavement.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pet Therapy with Trouble the golden Labrador.
Play Therapy - children and young people.
Family & Group Therapy.
The cost of one session is £40. The initial consultation is free, lasting up to 30 minutes, and is an opportunity for us to meet and work out if I am the right person for you to work with. If you are happy, we will arrange our first full session and agree whether we meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on what you want to achieve from counselling.
What to Expect - How I Work
As a person-centred counsellor, I work with what you bring into the counselling room. Trained in person-centred counselling, this underpins my therapeutic work with clients, along with an integrative approach. I also provide pet therapy with Trouble, our golden Labrador, pictured with me (please ask for more details if pet therapy is of interest to you).
Working with an integrative approach means drawing on different therapies and combining these along with a person-centred approach, tailored around each individual client’s needs and unique circumstances. What works for one person, may not for the other, so an integrative approach supports me to provide a safe, confidential and individualised therapeutic space, providing the opportunity for individuals, couples and families to share and explore what is causing emotional difficulties, inner conflicts and causing disharmony within themselves and/or within their relationships and lives.
Confidentiality is of great importance for most of us, and I take this extremely seriously, adhering to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics.
Counselling sessions last for one hour and can be face-to-face at my private practice just outside Biggar, South Lanarkshire, over the telephone or via virtual platform such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger and Skype.
The number of sessions each client attends and regularity depends on each individual and their circumstances, with some clients attending for around six sessions, and others working with me for several years to continue their personal development.