I'm a Glasgow based person - centred counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. A professionally qualified therapist with experience in depression, self esteem, anxiety, bereavement, loss, change, trauma, relationship difficulties, life and work stress. I offer day and evening appointments for individuals and couples, both in person and online. I am passionate about the value of human interaction and compassion which can help to heal and support growth. I seek to help clients understand and accept their experiences, reducing distress whilst building resilience and strength.
The underpinning value I hold with each and every client is respect for their individual experience, exploring how that feels and what impact it has on their life and relationships. I will not judge, criticise or offer my solutions as I believe that when you are offered the right space and support you will be able to work these things through to find your own answers. I offer a safe, confidential and supportive space where you can talk freely, process and make sense of things. I will help you look at how you can use that understanding to identify, explore and consider options that can have a positive impact on your life and wellbeing.
Therapy can help you to express and make sense of things, to feel more resilient and more able to cope.
I am trained in Person Centred Therapy. I believe that a genuine, warm human relationship can really aid in self healing. I balance my compassion and empathy with an appropriate level of reflection and challenge in order to help you explore more deeply what’s going on. This will allow you to develop self awareness, feel more self acceptant and better about your life.
When you first come for therapy, my aim first and foremost is to help you begin to trust both me and the process. I will seek to work collaboratively and in a facilitative way with you, always respecting your pace and autonomy along the way. I hope you will quickly feel that you can trust me, feel safe and accepted.
I am also trained in Emotion Focussed Therapy, which helps build emotional awareness. It builds on the Person Centred principles such as empathy, non judgement and the belief that we all strive towards growth. It offers you the opportunity to connect with and and understand your own emotions and their impact in your life whilst fostering growth and choice. Emotions are a key part of our experience. Often we don’t understand or know what we feel. This can lead us to becoming stuck in unhelpful patterns of emotion and behaviour. By exploring the nuances of how we feel we can also learn what we need and how to soothe ourselves. We are then able to transform the emotion from something that holds us back into something useful that can help us take action and make informed decisions.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about me and what I offer. We will have an initial chat on the phone and take it from there. When we meet for the first time I will invite you to say a little more about whats going on and we will look at what you need and how we can work together. We will start from wherever feels right and at your pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training is important to me in supporting me to develop and reflect on my practice. This is just some of the training I have completed.
- Post graduate Diploma in Counselling- University of Strathclyde
- Emotion Focussed Therapy Level One, Two and Three
- Certificate in CBT
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Scotlands Mental Health First Aid
- Psychology of Coaching Skills
- ASISST suicide prevention
- Working with Eating Disorders
- Working with Couples
- Advanced Professional Training in Person Centred Practice, The Practice of Person Centred Couple and Family Therapy
- Abuse, Trauma and Dissociation: Understanding and working towards Recovery
- Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship
- Understanding Addiction
- Working with the Body in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- I am a Registered Member of PVG( Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
- Registered Member of BACP and COSCA
- In addition to my private practice I have worked in a psychiatric hospital and a large voluntary organisation in Glasgow supporting adults with a wide range of difficulty and with a Cancer Charity counselling those living with or affected by cancer whether patient or carer.
- Prior to counselling I worked in the private and public sector in a range of roles, always supporting and working with people, in team, leadership and coaching roles.
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
£45 for individuals and £50 for couples per therapeutic hour (50 minutes) with an initial free 15 minute consultation by phone.
Online or telephone sessions £45 by agreement.
Update March 2020:
We are all living with uncertainty in the current situation and so as I can be as inclusive as possible I am currently offering some on line sessions at a concessionary rate depending on circumstance and at my discretion.
I offer both day and evening appointments throughout the week.
I can offer day and evening appointments. When we meet for the first time we will talk about what you hope to get from counselling and how many sessions you would like to come for.
I see clients at Southside Counselling and Therapy Centre on the southside of Glasgow. It is easily accessed by public transport, including train and bus from both Glasgow and wider areas and has free car parking on side streets.
I offer online and telephone counselling which may offer you more flexibility around your own committments.
I have additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. If it might be helpful to you we can talk about how that can be integrated into our sessions within the context of a therapeutic relationship.