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I am a fully qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and also deliver therapy through the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM). I offer a fully collaborative service, designed to fit with whatever it is you wish to change, cope with or attend to. I work integratively with other therapeutic modalities and I may also use some Mindfulness within sessions. However, I will work together with you in a way that you find effective and beneficial.
I can offer you a pleasant environment in which you can share as little or as much as you wish. Making that first step to enter counselling or psychotherapy is a scary one but I can assure a friendly welcome and an understanding of your anxiety, whether you decide to continue or not. Please feel free to contact me in the first instance, either by phone or email, to have a chat about the process or what you would like to achieve through counselling.
Everyone at some point in their life may find things have become difficult or challenging, which affects the way we think, feel or behave on a day to day basis. We don't always know where or who to turn to in these situations and sometimes we get a little stuck. You may already know you have a mental health condition or maybe you would just like to change an area of your life that's causing you some amount of worry or stress. Either way, together with a therapist, in a friendly, confidential and non-judging environment, you can explore these issues and how they're affecting you and find a way to deal with them, make changes and gain a healthier, more emotionally balanced lifestyle.
My working life for the past 21 years has been within the voluntary sector and I developed an interest in counselling 10 years ago. This interest has lead me to train and qualify as a counsellor and then to further my training in CBT and groupwork. I have also trained in the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), developed by Lisa Schwarz, M.Ed., specifically for working with severe trauma related conditions, such as Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. Trauma related problems are an interest of mine and I am constantly upgrading my knowledge and research in this area.
I work according to the ethical guidelines of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Training, qualifications & experience
COSCA Introduction to Counselling
COSCA Counselling Skills
Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork - CBT Approach
Certificate in Comprehensive Resource Model (Basic Module)
Certificate in Advanced CRM with Core Self
- Certificate in CRM Case Conceptualization and Treatment of Severe Dissociative Disorders
I have experience in working with drug and alcohol addiction services, as well as with those who are directly affected by drug and alcohol addiction through a relative, partner or friends.
I have also volunteered with Fife Womens Aid as a Therapeutic Counsellor working with women who have suffered or are suffering domestic abuse, many of whom have been through severe trauma as children as well as in adulthood.
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
Individual sessions are 50-60 minutes, normally on a weekly basis.
Individual sessions (full price) £40-£60 per session
Individual sessions (lower cost)* £30 per session
* Lower cost sessions are available to anyone who has an income of less than £20K pa, full time students, pensioners and other concessions.