I am a Pluralistic Counsellor working in Royal Deeside.
Being a Pluralistic Counsellor means that I may work in a number of different modalities (similar to integrative counselling), where I may work in a person centred modality but draw elements from CBT, Creative therapies, Solution focused approach or Psychodynamic approaches, depending on what appears to work well with the client. Young people for example may especially respond well to a Solution focused approach and Creative therapies.
I work with Young people and Adults who are struggling with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety and depression. I work within a safe, therapeutic and non-judgemental environment where clients can feel they can explore what they are bringing into the counselling room. I am working online at the moment with Zoom, WhatsApp, FaceTime or telephone due to the current situation regarding COVID-19. Once this pandemic has passed I will also be doing face-to-face sessions in Banchory.
Training, qualifications & experience
Master of Science merit in Pluralistic Counselling
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology
Counselling in a charity specialising in Rape and Sexual abuse with full training provided in this area of work which covers 13yrs and above.
Counselling in a charity working with Young People from 12yrs-25yrs with a wide range of difficulties within emotional and mental health, which can cause psychological barriers from achieving the things they want to achieve in life.
Volunteering for the Samaritans for 10 years, helping those struggling especially with suicidal ideation or actively wanting to end their lives.
Training with a charity to work with Young People and the differences to working with adults.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £40 per hour.
Please ask me if you would like to negotiate the fee.
Although I may have these qualifications and experience, I believe it is more about who I am and my character that has drawn me into this career path. After working as a Receptionist, then a Bank, then Multimedia for an oil and gas learning company, I finally found where I believe I should be - in Counselling, and I have never looked back. I have also lived abroad and gained insight into how we are all so different and unique, which is why my practice as a Pluralistic Counsellor allows me to tailor a session to what may suit the client best.