Choosing the right therapist for YOU is so important, as a good, healthy, therapeutic alliance, will help enable you to feel comfortable enough, to share your thoughts and feelings. All within the safe space of the counselling room.
I begin by hearing what's brought you along to therapy in the first place. We will then work together to help you understand what may be getting in the way of your emotional well-being. We will identify your thoughts and feelings, and look at how you currently cope in situations that are emotionally triggering to you. This is your time & space, and the aim is to have a therapeutically collaborative relationship.
I practise a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach, integrated with some other therapeutic techniques. We will bring in to our sessions, whatever may help YOU in your situation. Whatever you may relate to best, as an individual. No two people are the same. No two therapy sessions are the same.
Day to day we come across various stressors in life, and when our usual ways of coping no longer serve us, therapy can give us support. I know first hand, the difficulties we can come across in our working world for example, having worked for many years in a fast paced, ever changing corporate environment, including working with National Savings & Investments, Siemens Business Services and ATOS.
My life and work life experiences, both clinical and corporate, have given me a real experience of the various problems and pressures we can encounter at times, and the way these can make us feel, think and act. I have learned how to manage these thoughts, beliefs, patterns and behaviours in a more helpful way, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tools and techniques, and by developing more helpful ways of coping and being more compassionate of mind. There is no 'magic wand', no 'one size fits all'', and it is important to be supported appropriately, with your own experiences.
I currently work in Psychological Services, with AXA PPP Healthcare Employee Assistance Programme, supporting service users emotionally. I also practice privately in East Kilbride, and Glasgow City Centre, and I am a Clinical Supervisor.
My clinical experience also includes working as a volunteer counsellor with Childline, and as a volunteer CBT Therapist with Talk Now, a charity, providing 1:1 support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I also worked as a Tutor at The Centre of Therapy & Counselling Studies, with the Certificate In Counselling Skills (COSCA), and I continue to support students on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Post Graduate Diploma course.
If you are thinking you want something to change in your life, If you need time and space to talk, in a safe, comfortable, non judgemental environment, please give me a call, or send me an e mail. All questions are welcome.
It is important that you feel comfortable with you who choose to work with, someone you feel is right for you, as you start walking your journey to change.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills & Groupwork, a Cognitive Behavioural Approach
Advanced Clinical Skills Certified
COSCA Certifcate in Counselling Skills
Diploma in Learning & Development (Trainer)
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
For any groups of individuals, or organisations, I would be pleased to offer Groupwork relating to any areas of emotional wellbeing.
From March 20- I will be working remotely with clients & supervisees, either over the telephone or by secure video. Whichever is preferred by you.