Anxiety, loneliness, family or other relationship struggles, traumatic and difficult past experiences, loss, feeling low, a medical diagnosis.....there are lots of reasons that may have driven you in search of someone to speak with.
At the most basic level, that's exactly what I am able to offer. A safe, confidential and grounded space to share whatever might be concerning you. Often, this might be something that feels impossible to discuss with your nearest and dearest. Together, we will explore whatever has led you to seek counselling at whatever pace feels safest and easiest for you.
In terms of how you might experience me...... Open, warm, grounded, not afraid to have a laugh or shed a tear, sensitive, non-judgemental and welcoming of all regardless of race, age, gender, sexuality or history. Far from perfect and always learning.
I firmly believe that the therapeutic counselling relationship is critical in achieving whatever personal outcomes you may be hoping for. It has the potential to build confidence and can pave the way for us knowing ourselves in unexpected ways; accepting ourselves for who we are.
I also believe that our own development when we were younger, our past experiences and our past relationships, undoubtedly have a considerable impact on our lives and relationships in the present time. Understanding ourselves better in this regard may not always result in the immediate change we hope for but it can provide important insights into creating a new template for our lives going forward.
Whatever may have led you to this point, you are very welcome to get in touch for an initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a PG Diploma in Counselling, awarded by The University of Edinburgh in 2017.
My practice is founded in the person-centred and psychodynamic perspectives. These are a set of widely-accepted and proven theories or principles which inform and underpin the way I work. In effect, they mean that I am committed to creating an empathic, non-judgemental and transparent setting within which we may link present situations to your past experiences.
I have 4 years' experience managing a number of long-established counselling services for a national charity. I also mentor students undertaking their counselling training and volunteer for a local counselling service.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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
- £8 for an initial appointment (this covers the cost for room hire).
- £58 for a 50 minute counselling session thereafter.
We can meet at either Forth Street (EH1 3LH) or Giles Street (EH6 6BZ)
Both sites I work from have stairs. Please contact me if this is of concern or you require any further details.