I offer therapy that is confidential, respectful and non-judgemental. In this therapeutic environment we can work together to help you to identify and explore your own thoughts and feelings enabling you to develop more insight and understanding of what is going on for you.
There are many reasons why people come to counselling, here is just a few examples:
- You may be experiencing difficulties in your life at the moment. Exploring difficult experiences and feelings with your counsellor can help you to move on from your present difficulties.
- The current pandemic may be impacting severely on your life and making you feel more overwhelmed than usual. Exploring your feelings may help you feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your emotions.
- You and your partner may be experiencing difficulties in your relationship. Couple counselling can help you both talk about your feelings and find ways of communicating more effectively with each other.
- You may be a young person experiencing difficulties or be a concerned parent of a young person experiencing difficulties. I work with young people aged 14 years and above.
- You may be looking to do some self development to help you make some positive changes in your life. Talking this through with a qualified counsellor can help you to clarify your thoughts and support you during this time of change.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor working from a dedicated counselling room in my home in the West Lothian area. As well as my experience working in private practice I also have experience working as a counsellor within NHS primary and secondary care, within education and working with organisations providing staff with counselling support. I work with adults, young people and couples.
I appreciate taking the first step to seek help can be difficult so please feel free to give me a ring, text or drop me an email if have any questions you would like to ask about the service I provide.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Persona)
Diploma in Counselling (University of Lancaster)
Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Stirling University)
Certificate in Mindfulness (Persona)
Certificate in Supervision (Strathclyde University)
NES Generic Supervision Certificate
Certificate in Person-centred Couple and Family Therapy
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their code of ethics.
I have an well established private practice and currently share my time working privately and within NHS primary and secondary care. I am registered as a recommended counsellor with many insurance companies, charities and EAP providers. I also provide supervision to counselling colleagues, trainee counsellors and other professionals.
I have over 10 years experience:
- working in NHS primary care in a clinic and GP setting with adults (over 16 years) referred by their GP or other health professionals
- working for charitable organisations offering counselling to their clients and supervision to staff
- providing workplace counselling for organisations who aim to support staff who are experiencing difficulties, this is usually short term therapy
- working with young people (aged 14+) experiencing difficulties
- working with couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship
I have also past experience working within education, managing an EAP service and setting up and managing a counselling service for young people (aged 10 - 25).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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
£50.00 per session
Individual Counselling fee is £50 per session.
Couple Counselling fee is £70 per session.
Supervision fee is £50 for a 1 hour session. A reduced rate of £45 is offered to trainee counsellors.
Monday 9.00am - 8.00pm, Tuesday 6.00pm - 7.30pm, Wednesday 9.00am - 8.00pm, Thursday 9.00am - 8.00pm
Some issues clients bring to counselling
- Relationship issues
- Difficulties at Work
- Low self esteem
- Abuse: sexual, emotional and physical
- Child related issues
These are just some examples but you can bring any issue that is worrying you or making you unhappy to counselling.