I am an accredited BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and have over 30 years experience in the mental health field working as Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN).
Coming from a background of mental health nursing and also having experienced my own mental health struggles I bring compassion, empathy and non judgemental attitude to my sessions.
Life can throw up challenges at times and this can feel overwhelming and isolating. That's where a safe and non-judgmental space can help you gather your thoughts and allow you to talk openly about these thoughts and emotions safely and confidentially.
I set high standards for myself as a therapist so that I can offer the best service for my clients. Through mutual respect and trust we can build up a rapport so that we can work collaboratively through the challenges you are experiencing.
CBT is a collaborative process in which, we will work together and use CBT with elements of other approaches incorporated to meet your individual and unique needs to help you obtain new skills and strategies to make positive and lasting change in your life.
CBT deals with your current challenges, rather than focusing on the past. CBT focuses on the "here and now".
We will look at how your thoughts, physical sensations, feelings and actions are interconnected and how that has a negative impact on your life and keeps you trapped in a negative cycle. We will work together to change these negative patterns by looking at your thinking styles and your behaviour. " THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS"
CBT is an evidence-based therapy that is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to help treat depression, anxiety, phobias as well as other emotional, mental and physical issues.
I have over 30 years experience in the mental health field working as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) within various NHS ward settings, as well as working in the community as a Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN).
My main focus is now working as a cognitive behavioural therapist, I have practised within charity settings as well as in a GP practice. I am now working in private practice with adults and young people.
MY OWN JOURNEY
I have been on my own holistic journey and been undertaking training on body energy and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as well as a wide range of other holistic therapies
I am passionate about working in a holistic manner. My desire is to help others find inspiration on their own mental health journey to encourage through collaboration their resilience to embrace their own best self and build on their strengths
I am a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator with the Scottish Recovery Network. Through this training I discovered my own resilience. Leading me to become a Accreditated Wrap Facilitator.
I then went on to become a Community Champion with See Me to tackle Stigma and Discrimination surrounding mental health. I am very active within this organisation on a voluntary capacity.
As a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, which I have facilitated in a variety of settings within a charity.
Also in a voluntary capacity I have went into local high schools to deliver Living Life to the Full to groups of teenagers.
I keep my skills up to date so I am up to date with new aspects of counselling. I am always eager to learn new skills through my 30 plus years of learning about my own self I have completed many courses which have helped me on a personal level as well as on a professional level.
CBT has empowered my own recovery and allowed me to be my best self and I am keen to help others on their own mental health recovery.
PVG registered to work with children and adults. I have regular supervision.
"Change your thoughts and you change your world"
Training, qualifications & experience
- PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN)
- HNC Counselling
- Rewind Technique for Treating-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
- CBT for OCD and Anxiety
- ASSIST Trained (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- Mindfulness Training
- CBT based Mindfulness
- Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)
- Scotland's Mental Health First Aid:Young People (SMHFA:YP)
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
- Accredited Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator
- Self Harm Awareness Training
- See Me Community Champion
- Peer Group Skills Training
- Glasgow Institute of Psychological Interventions Spirit Training course
- Living Life to the Full
- Adolescent focused Living Life to the Full Practitioner
- Kinetic Chain Release
- The Body Remembers and The Heart Already Knows
- Connective Tissue Release
- Postural Energetics
- Indian Head Massage
- Aromatherapy Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Hydrotherm Massage
- Hydrotherm Clinical Therapist
- Reiki - First and Second Degree
- Sekhem - Level one, two and Advanced Level
- Practitioner of Hypnosis
- Accelerated Change Work Coach and Therapist
- Equality and Diversity Training
- Open University Courses
- Science of the Mind - Investigating Mental Health
- Counselling: exploring fear and sadness
- Mindfields Colllege
Effective Stress Management, Effective brief therapy for depression, Effective anxiety management without drugs, How to use guided imagery and visualisation in therapy, The rapid trauma (PTSD) and phobia cure, Breaking the cycle of depression without drugs, Brief therapy strategies for all health professionals, Patterns of the brain, How to lift self-esteem, Dealing with conflict, confrontations and disputes, How to tell stories that heal, How to do effective counselling.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Email or call me. I offer an initial free 30 minute phone consultation.
The average cost of a 50 minute counselling session is £40; this is negotiable depending on your personal circumstances. I offer a reduced fee for students and those on low incomes.
Day, evening and weekend appointments available