As a person-centred counsellor I very much believe that the atmosphere of trust and deep empathy is at the core of healing; any models and methods can well be integrated as useful tools, but essentially I am interested in helping a client find their authentic way of being. I offer myself as a witness who is willing to accompany the client's journey into self-discovery and therefore recovery from imposed upon conditions.
I studied Transpersonal Psychology in more depth, as I see a person's journey through life, their challenges and their aspirations embedded in a greater whole than meets the 'everyday' eye. One can call it the spiritual aspect of being.
My approach is non-prescriptive and honours the client's own insights and wisdom. Very often our joined exploration leads to the edge of awareness and beyond. Touching into feelings and allowing them out of hiding opens new vistas into a happier, self-empowered present. Gaining deeper understanding of why we 'tick' as we do, helps to open our eyes and eventually might eliminate a blind spot or two. Fully accepting oneself is certainly a prerequisite to living one's life more fully, and it is, so my experience with clients, very possible to re-write one's 'script' in a much healthier way.
I am a counsellor member of COSCA, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland, and adhere to their Code of Practice and Statement of Ethics. I am insured with 'Holistic Insurance' and attend regular supervision by a COSCA and BACP registered and accredited supervisor.
As you will notice if you look at my website, I am also a painter and I used to be a journalist professionally. Both areas are still alive in me, therefore I am open to exploring creative and playful ways of accessing your deeper needs and desires through drawing, writing, collages should you feel inclined to try this out.
My private practice is in Kinloss, near Forres. Internet sessions via 'zoom' or 'skype' can be arranged. If necessary, I am open to home visits.
Training, qualifications & experience
2018 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, UHI
2019 Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology, online course 'Centre of Excellence'
Nov 2019 Certificate for completing Introductory Transactional Analysis 1010 Course
2920 Advanced Diploma in Child Psychology, online 'Oxford Home Studies'
2010 Certificate of Completion in modules 1&2 of Professional Coach Training
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
sliding scale from £30 to £40/60 minute session; the introductory session is £15/60 mins.