We all need someone to talk to. Sometimes that can be a partner or a friend; at other times it is easier when that is someone who is not invested in our being OK and who can listen without judging or becoming personally involved.
As a therapist, my aim is to help you to increase your self-awareness and support you in understanding how you make sense of yourself in your world. We can all get stuck in patterns of behaviour which are no longer useful; therapy can help us to recognise these and to develop means of changing them.
The "here and now" is important in Gestalt therapy and while we will discuss the past and look to the future, it is how you are living in the present, and how we are relating to each other that will form the basis of the work we do together.
I believe that you are the expert in your own life, but that you may need some help in understanding it. You will choose the direction and focus of the work we do together. At times you will be clear what that is, at other times I will help you to work it out. I believe that this process of working with another person in a therapeutic way can help you to find unknown aspects of yourself.
Being in a therapeutic relationship and entering a process of self examination can be difficult and may not proceed at a smooth pace. It takes time for trust to develop between therapist and client. Be prepared to get stuck at times: we will work through these times together.
I completed my Person-Centred counselling training in 1998 while working as the health advisor in a Further Education college. As I approached retirement from my full time work as a sexual health nurse and teacher I undertook a further four years of training as a Gestalt therapist which I completed in 2012. These two approaches have at their core a respect for the whole person and a firm belief that the relationship established between therapist and client can form the basis for change.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling 1998
Certificate of completion of four years training in Gestalt therapy 2013
BSc (Social Science) University of Edinburgh 1971
Registered Nurse 1973
Post Graduate Certificate in Education 2006
I have experience of working with clients over a range of issues in a variety of settings over the years: an FE college with young and mature students; a GP practice. For 10 years, until 2014, I provided pregnancy counselling in the Edinburgh Family Planning and Well Woman service (now the Lothian Sexual Health service). I offered counselling to women and couples who needed help in making a decision about an unintended pregnancy and to those who needed support following a decision to terminate their pregnancy. Apart from my private practice, I also volunteer in a project which provides counselling for people in an area of multiple deprivation.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am based is in Portobello NE Edinburgh.
My fees for one hour of therapy are £45.
I am happy to discuss fees with those on restricted incomes.