PG Dip. Counselling, MBACP (Accred)
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Hello. Are you struggling to cope with something in your life? Do you feel unhappy or overwhelmed? Do you feel that no one understands or listens to you and you can’t see a way forward?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions or you have other problems making your life difficult, perhaps counselling is for you and perhaps I can help.
I am a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counsellor with over 17 years’ experience. I can offer you time and a safe, confidential environment where you can talk freely in an atmosphere of acceptance, trust and empathy. Together we can begin to focus on your difficulties, help you untangle your thoughts, find practical as well as emotional ways for you to cope more effectively and explore your options for change so you can move forward with your life. I will work at your pace and will never push you to talk about things you aren’t ready to share.
Due to Covid-19 face-to-face sessions are suspended until further notice.
After an initial consultation you can choose to have either face-to-face counselling in a comfortable, ground floor room centrally located in Montrose, virtual face-to-face counselling via an online video platform or telephone counselling. I am happy to work in whichever way works best for you. I can be flexible about session frequency and the days and times we meet.
If you would like to be heard and understood; if you want support from someone caring and non-judgemental; if you would like to change those areas of your life which cause you distress or if you simply want to talk to someone, please get in touch with me. I offer an initial free, fifteen-minute ‘phone consultation where you can talk a little about your situation and expectations of counselling and I can assess whether I feel I could be helpful to you. At the end of the consultation, if we both feel that I might be the right counsellor for you, we can arrange a first counselling session where we can talk about how we might work together. There is no obligation to continue beyond the initial consultation.
I'm here to help so please get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training
- BACP Accredited Counsellor (2007)
- Post Grad. Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. Aberdeen University (2006)
- Human Relations and Counselling Skills Certificate. Dundee University (2005)
- Level 3 Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (OLT). Dundee University (2008)
- Counselling Couples and Families Training (2007)
- ASIST Suicide Prevention Training
- Brief Solution Focused Therapy
- Introduction to CBT
- Infertility Counselling Foundation Course
- Life Coaching Skills
- Shattered Dreams, Resilience and Hope
- NHS Occupational Health Counselling Service: 13 years supporting NHS employees.
- Infertility Counsellor: 9 years (ongoing) working with a licensed fertility centre.
- Private Counselling Work: 8 years (ongoing) working with a small number of private clients.
- NHS Working Health Service Counsellor: 9 years working with a wide variety of client issues.
- NHS Neonatal Unit Counsellor: 8 months working with parents, carers and staff.
- Counselling Agency; 9 years working with a wide variety of client issues.
- Carers Agency: 6 years as the carers’ designated counsellor.
- People Bereaved by Suicide Project: 2 years as the designated counsellor.
- BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association)
- Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme Member.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience and a special interest in working with individuals and couples who struggle with infertility, as well as donor conceived people, their families and people considering or undergoing donor assisted conception.
£45.00 per session
One-to-one client sessions last 50 minutes and couple sessions last 60 minutes.
Face-to-face, Online and Telephone Sessions: Individuals £45, Couples £65.
Fees are payable prior to the start of every session so that our meeting can go ahead. I accept cash and BACS payments.
Sessions cancelled with me 2 or more working days before the arranged session-time, will not be charged. Sessions cancelled closer to the session-time and non-attendance will be chargeable.
When I work
I currently have sessions available Tuesdays to Thursdays between 8.30am and 6.30pm.
I aim to offer you a session within a week of our initial consultation.
As a BACP member I work in accordance with their current Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I also adhere to BICA’s Guidelines for Infertility Counselling Practice.
To support my practice, I have monthly counselling supervision with a fully qualified and experienced supervisor. My supervisor also follows the BACP Ethical Framework.
All personal information you share with me is kept in accordance with current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. I will discuss this with you in more detail in the first counselling session. My Privacy Notice can be viewed on my website.