I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, with many years of experience working in an NHS Clinical Psychology Department and private practice.
In private practice, I welcome anyone who feels that psychotherapy may be of help, whether you are looking to have just a few sessions to think about a specific issue or situation, or would like to consider longer-term therapy. Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, illness, bereavement, self-esteem, gender and sexuality, queer identity, life-changes, are just some of the reasons why you may want to try psychotherapy.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrative - this means I work creatively and I have different perspectives and theories to draw on when working with you. I can adapt my approach to suit your changing needs. The main therapeutic modalities I draw upon are psychodynamic psychotherapy, acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy and schema therapy.
I believe you are the expert of your life - you hold the resources to navigate life’s terrain and you may just need some help and guidance to connect to them. I will listen carefully to what you have to say and help you communicate the things you can’t put into words. We will work together to discover some of the root causes of your problems and the strategies to help you live a more fulfilling life.
Making the decision to seek counselling or psychotherapy is often not an easy one. It's important that you work with a therapist that is right for you; someone you can feel comfortable with.
If you would like to know more about how I work or just have a chat to see if I can help, send me an email to schedule your free 20 minute phone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained a postgraduate degree in counselling and psychotherapy at The University of Edinburgh and further degrees in online therapy, psychology, theology and classical civilisation from Trinity College Dublin and Birmingham City University.
I am a highly experienced registered BACP integrative counsellor and psychotherapist having worked with a wide variety of client groups within private, public and third sectors. As a Primary Care Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in NHS Forth Valley Adult Clinical Psychology Department, I provide individual, couples and family therapy across Forth Valley with particular expertise in working with bereavement, trauma, long term conditions and LGBT+ issues. Prior to my role at NHS Forth Valley, I worked as the Lead Self Management Specialist in Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus where I developed and led an award-winning start up support programme offering advocacy, counselling, group therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and befriending to LGBT+ adults.
I have an excellent understanding of governance issues as a Board Director of TalkAid and as a member of the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on LGBTI Issues. As a registered ACTO online therapist, I also worked as a regional counsellor and psychotherapist for the Royal National Institute of Blind People providing online and telephone counselling to individuals and groups affected by sight loss.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with