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MBACP, Msc, Dip Couns

About me

As a qualified, experienced BACP registered therapist I offer individual counselling in the Glasgow area and strive to provide a secure, confidential and empathic environment where your individual needs will be fully respected.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and frightening and this can lead to feelings of isolation or panic/ loneliness. In the busy world that we live in, we often don’t want to burden friends or family members. It can be difficult to communicate authentically even with the people we are closest to and in these uncertain times it can be a struggle to express, or even recognise what our own needs are. You’ve maybe dealt with things on your own in the past but have now reached a point where that seems impossible. Perhaps you recognise patterns of behaviour that are no longer helpful or there are issues from your past which remain unresolved and are holding you back. Perhaps you’re just feeling stuck and are looking for greater personal understanding in order to move forward.

There is strength in asking for help and in my practice I aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental space in which together we can explore the issues that are affecting you in a meaningful and compassionate way.

My background is in Psychodynamic practice which focuses on how the past might be playing out in the present and explores how our earliest relationships and experiences may have informed how we relate now. Defense mechansims are learnt behaviours which are often established in our early years as a response to negative experiences. Whilst they may have helped us survive when we were younger – they can now be holding us back and be preventing us from connecting authentically.

My aim is to enable and develop a deep level of trust between us and provide a safe space within which you can begin to understand how your own experiences and relationships have shaped who you are and, in so doing, begin to make more informed choices, develop more meaningful relationships and start to live the life you deserve.

Training, qualifications & experience


Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor

Post-graduate qualification in Psychodynamic Counselling (COSCA)

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Family relationships, Loss, Panic Attacks


Additional information

£45 - 55

Payment by Bank Transfer or cash

When I work

Mon - Fri, 9am - 5.30pm and evenings by arrangment

Type of session

In person

Types of client