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MBACP. Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Counsellor

About me

Due to the current covid 19 pandemic I am only offering Skype / Zoom, email and phone counselling sessions at the moment.

I am a professionally qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Counsellor, offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred and Solution Focused Brief Therapy(SFBT). I am also trained in Energy EFT (Tapping).

I am now an Accredited Pregnancy and Infant Loss Counselling Professional with The Foundation for Infant Loss.

I offer confidential face to face, telephone and Internet counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), a Counsellor member of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA), an Accredited Pregnancy and Infant Loss counsellor.

I am on the accredited register with the professional standards authority.

Getting Started

I realise looking through pages of information can be quite daunting. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. If you feel that you would like to have a session with me, we can arrange a time to suit you. Sessions last 50 minutes and are normally weekly to begin with, then as your symptoms lesson you may choose to move to fortnightly sessions.

More about me.

I have many clients dealing with issues including anxiety, depression, low moods, phobias, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, guilt, anger, OCD,low self-esteem and low confidence. Often clients have anxiety around social situations such as public speaking, board meetings and family/social gatherings. This can impact on holidays, family life and work.

I have over 12 years experience counselling child and adult survivors of sexual violence, recent and historic cases.

I have several year's experience counselling  in schools in Scotland, Germany and Norway working with young people aged between 7 and 18 years, delivering workshops on sexual exploitation and counselling young people referred by guidance staff.

I also work with The Carers Trust offering person centred and CBT counselling to unpaid carers dealing with the many issues their caring role can raise including, guilt, anxiety, anger, depression and self neglect.

I am an affiliated Counsellor working with MND Scotland, counselling those with MND and their families.

About CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It's most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

CBT can help you gain greater control over your moods, change unhelpful thought patterns and behaviour, improve your emotional well-being and self confidence and help develop new coping skills.

CBT looks at how both cognitive and behavioural processes affect one another and aims to help you get out of negative cycles. The emphasis on behavioural or cognitive approaches will depend on the issue you are facing. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, the focus may be on the cognitive approach. If you have a condition that causes unhelpful behaviour (such as obsessive compulsive disorder), the focus is likely to be the behavioural approach.

CBT is a structured time limited talking therapy on average taking between 10-15  50 minute sessions.

Energy EFT

Energy EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is often referred to as "Psychological acupressure".

Energy EFT works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of negative emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. This results in either emotional and/ or physical symptoms and can include lack of confidence and self-esteem, fear, feeling stuck, anxiety, depression, compulsive and addictive behaviours.
An Energy EFT treatment involves the client tapping on themselves, with their fingertips, near the end points of their  “energy meridians” located around the body.

The treatment is non-invasive and does not involve needles . Energy EFT works on the ethos of making change as simple and as pain free as possible.

​How EFT Tapping Works
Energy Emotional Freedom Technique has certain things in common with Traditional Chinese Medicine practices like acupressure or acupuncture because it focuses on energy circuits that run throughout the body. These energy circuits are referred to as meridians, and although they cannot be seen or measured, many believe that they exist and have powerful effects.

Mind-body healing techniques are believed to help direct the flow of energy in the body in a way that promotes well-being.
Something that makes Energy EFT different from acupressure or other Eastern approaches is that it focuses on more than physical ailments and energy systems; it also brings attention to thought processes that contribute to stress and emotional problems.

I have an office in Helensburgh covering the Arrochar, Balloch and Dumbarton areas on the West coast of Scotland and within easy reach from Glasgow by road and rail.

I also offer Skype / Zoom sessions. Meaning no travel is required. This is great for those who may not drive and for those that do drive, it saves on petrol, parking and traffic! Less of your time is required as you will not need to add on travel time, meaning you could also have your session remotely during a work break!

You can have your session in your own, comfortable environment, surrounded by your own cushions, possessions, which for some may be more of a comforting experience.

Mobility can be a big issue for some people and if you cannot get to see me in person, online counselling means you do not have to go without.

Please feel free to e-mail me or phone me for an appointment  to ask any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a professionally qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy counsellor.

Post Graduate level Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Counselling and Group work.

Certificate in CBT.

Energy EFT (Tapping) trained.

Accredited Pregnancy and Infant Loss Training with The Foundation for Infant Loss.

Child Exploitation on line protection (CEOP) Ambassador.

NHS Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE) facilitator.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) trained.

As a member of COSCA and BACP, I practice and adhere to their Ethical Framework and Professional Conduct procedure.

I have worked with the Ministry of Defence, Rape Crisis, MND Scotland, Cancer Support Scotland. Police Scotland, Choose Life, Samaritans and Carers Trust.

Over 12 years experience supporting Adult and Child survivors of Sexual Abuse. I have also worked with many issues including Depression, Anxiety, Phobias, Low self-esteem, Self-harm and suicide.

I deliver Group Therapy for Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem and Depression.

I also work as a School Counsellor with young people aged 7 - 18 years.

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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.


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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sexual Violence
Sexual Exploitation
Suicide Intervention

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£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 for  face to face session,  skype or telephone sessions.

£40 for email sessions.

  • Each session lasts 50 minutes.

I am able to offer some early evening appointments.

When I work

Monday - Thursday  9-4pm.

The Lomond Clinic, 55-56 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, Argyll And Bute, G84 8AX

Argyll & Bute, Argyll, G84

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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