What if you could be kinder to yourself? What if you could experience less anxiety and low mood? What if you could be supported in healing from trauma and in letting go of shame? What if you could become more assertive and set healthy boundaries?
Perhaps you don’t know what’s wrong but you’re feeling unsettled, sad, anxious, confused, or stressed. You might have put on a happy mask for too long and you’re exhausted. I invite you to imagine how things could be different and, with this hope - no matter how small the hope might be-, I invite you to get in touch with me.
It can be overwhelming to choose a counsellor. I respect the courage it takes to seek counselling and be vulnerable. I aim to create a warm, trusting, and compassionate space where you can feel safe to be yourself and talk openly. I won’t tell you what to do but I will help you explore what is getting in the way of your wellbeing and growth.
What happens in sessions.
I believe in the importance of developing self-compassion and of working with the whole you. I will ask you compassionate questions so that we can explore your thoughts, your beliefs about yourself and others, your emotions, your strengths and values, your behaviours, and the sensations in your body. We will go at your own pace and you will decide what you want to work on. Each session lasts up to 50 minutes. During the first session, we will go over the confidentiality agreement and it will be a space for you to ask questions and decide if I'm the right counsellor for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an integrative counsellor which means I will work in a tailored way, using different counselling approaches, to find what works for you and what doesn’t. I have a counselling diploma with a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach, and I also work in a person-centred, body-based, and trauma-informed way. I'm a registered member with BACP and follow their code of ethics. I'm also qualified to work online and to offer outdoors sessions (walk and talk therapy).
Who I work with.
I work with everyone over the age of 18 years old, including all members of the transgender community and non-binary people, regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious or cultural background.
I have a background in working with people who are experiencing low self-esteem, anxiety, difficulties with boundaries and assertiveness, depression or low mood, shame and guilt, relationship difficulties, loss of meaning and purpose, PTSD or C-PTSD, insecure attachment styles, existential questions, grief, and difficult life transitions. I have years of experience working with people who have lived through trauma, domestic abuse, childhood abuse or neglect, and sexual violence, though this is not an exhaustive list.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Becoming more assertive and setting healthy boundaries.
Working on self-compassion, being kinder to ourselves.
Emotional Eating. Body image issues. Self-acceptance.
From £40.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
It can be scary to start counselling and you might have a lot of questions or concerns. I understand that it is important to find a therapist whom you feel comfortable with. Therefore, I offer an initial appointment to all clients at the reduced cost of £25 so that you can meet me with no obligation to further therapy.
Following sessions will cost £50, and I have a few spaces available at a reduced cost of £40.
At the moment, I only offer online counselling sessions, on Zoom, or outdoors sessions (walk and talk therapy) in Balerno EH14. For online sessions, you will need to be in a space where you can talk freely without being overheard.
Please email me if you would like more information or if you would like to arrange a first session together.
When I work
Daytime and evening appointments.
“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”