As a therapist I profoundly believe that change is possible, and that every individual has the potential for growth. My hope is for us to develop a therapeutic relationship that will be healing for you. I offer a warm, empathetic environment in which to support clients with many issues including trauma, loss, identity, sexuality, and addiction. Together I hope we can create a space for you to be vulnerable and explore whatever you wish to bring.
Counselling is an opportunity to work through your pain and hurt, or it can be a place to explore a new way of being, or to work through issues of resentment and anger. We can work at a pace you feel comfortable with, and put your wellbeing at the centre of our sessions. Within the space of a therapeutic relationship I believe there is the opportunity to reflect and bring awareness to our thoughts, feelings and actions, hopefully providing a deeper understanding of yourself and creating change as a response.
Mental Health Experience
Currently I work part time as a counsellor at Terrence Higgins Trust, working with individuals living with HIV. As an LGBTQIA affirmative counsellor with an arts background I have lots of experience of working with trans, non binary and gender diverse clients and alternative relationship models. As a member of the LGBT+ community I appreciate the political and societal stresses LGBTQIA individuals can experience living in a heteronormative society.
Previously I have worked with clients in recovery from substance misuse and alcoholism and have a contemporary understanding of the concepts around drug and alcohol misuse. I have experience of working with chemsex and chem sex addiction, and we can examine what you think the source of your substance or alcohol misuse is in a completely confidential and non judgmental space.
My mental health experience includes working with clients with a clinical diagnosis, and I endeavour to work in a non-pathologising way; I work with the individual and not the diagnosis.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Humanistic Counselling - University of Brighton
- BA (Hons) Fine Art - Central Saint Martins
- Currently training in the Certificate in Couples Counselling with Relationship Scotland
- Staff counsellor at Terrence Higgins Trust
- Complex and Emotional Trauma- The Lighthouse
- Suicide Intervention - Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Cruse Bereavement Training
- Working with Sandbox
- Trans Affirmative Training- Mind Out
- Gangs, Girls and County Lines- Abianda
- HIV awareness training- Terrence Higgins Trust
- Women, Trauma and Mental Health CPD
- Chemsex in Scotland- Scottish Drugs Forum
- Counsellor at Cruse Bereavement Care in Brighton
- Counsellor at Mind Out - LGBTQIA mental health service
- Counsellor at Recovery Across Mental Health in Renfrew
- Early Intervention Project Worker at a Drug and Alcohol Service providing psycho-education and support to those recovering from substance misuse
- PVG member
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial online session
I offer an initial first twenty minute meeting free of charge, with no obligations. After that I charge £50 a session (50 mins).
When I work
I am available Monday evenings and Fridays daytime and evening.