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MBACP (Reg), MSc, BSc (Hons)

About me

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 second lockdown has passed I will be returning to face-to-face sessions in the Banchory Business Centre.

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.

Member organisations


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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fee is £45 per hour.

Please ask me if you would like to negotiate the fee.

Further information

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.

Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people