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DipCouns MBACP (Accred), CMCOSCA, Cert Supervision

About me

I work from a person-centred perspective which means I believe each of us has the capacity to grow and develop and find our own inner resources to help us cope with life's challenges.  Sometimes these challenges can feel too much to manage on our own and it can be difficult to share these struggles with those close to us.

My task is to help you express and explore what's on your mind to enable you to see things more clearly and to gain a better understanding of what's troubling you and why. I believe the relationship between us is an important element to help facilitate this.  I endeavour to create a genuine and accepting relationship where you can feel free to talk about your thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged. My aim is to help you look at your life from a different perspective, to see what choices or changes you'd like to make, working towards greater self-awareness and self-acceptance.

Each client's experience is unique and I will go with whatever you choose to bring.  I am willing to stay alongside you for as long as is necessary and appropriate for both of us.

In working with couples, I aim to be partial to you both and give each of you an equal chance to be heard and to hear each other with a view to opening up communication and understanding between you both.

I offer counselling supervision for student and qualified counsellors and look to build a supportive, trusting relationship where supervisees can feel free to explore, reflect and review their practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

I gained a HNC in Counselling from Telford College in 2004 and a COSCA accredited Diploma in Counselling in 2008. I gained a post graduate certificate in Person Centred Couple Counselling in 2011.  I achieved accreditation with BACP in April 2012. I have a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I completed a CBT Toolkit course in June 2014.

I worked as a counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland for 10 years and Gay Men's Health and Crossreach Counselling Lothian for 5 years.

I have worked with individual clients whose issues have included depression, anxiety or stress, relationship difficulties, problems with self-esteem, coming to terms with bereavement or loss and coping with changes in circumstances.  I have worked with heterosexual couples and same sex couples seeking to improve or change their relationships and I enjoy the different dynamics that working with couples brings into the room.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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.


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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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


£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

The first initial appointment of approximately 30-45 minutes is free and thereafter a fee for a 1 hour session is £40.  I offer concessions for students.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer evening sessions from 5.30pm onwards on Mondays and Tuesdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Further information

I work from a counselling room in central Edinburgh.  My counselling hours are early evening on Mondays from 5.30pm and Tuesdays from 2.30pm onwards and Saturdays 9.00am to 5.00pm.

1 St Colme Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6AA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

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Online platforms



In person

I have a COSCA Certificate in Supervision.

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