I am a fully qualified counsellor registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work from my private practice in Biggar, South Lanarkshire. My training is in the person centred approach and I have also worked for many years within the creative arts and community mental health services. I can bring creative approaches to the therapeutic work if felt useful to do so.
There are many reasons why people choose to seek counselling support .Possibly you are feeling conflicted, confused and unsure about your next steps forward, or you are struggling with anxieties , low mood and relationship issues. Counselling can offer a regular time and space to explore your concerns.
If you would like to make any enquiries or discuss whether counselling is the best form of support for yourself at this time, you can contact me either by mobile or by email. We can arrange an initial session to discuss both the support I can offer and to identify the concerns you would like to address.
If you would like to continue with counselling, we would then agree a time to meet weekly for a one hour session. The length of time we work together can be agreed between ourselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, 2014
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, Stevenson College, Edinburgh, 2012.
For the past two and a half years I have worked as both a self employed counsellor and a volunteer counsellor within a postnatal depression service in Glasgow, supporting both women and men facing difficulties and challenges within the perinatal period. Issues faced included depression, anxiety, trauma, post traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, family difficulties and self esteem issues. I also have supported adults dealing with drug and alcohol addictions and their families .
I have also worked within community arts for the past twenty five years facilitating creative workshops and teaching arts & crafts skills to various groups within the wider community. I have extensive experience of supporting adults who require additional support, including people with autism, downs syndrome and cerebral palsy and worked within a therapeutic arts workshop for nine years whilst working within a Steiner Community.
For the past nine years I have worked for an arts & mental health charity in Edinburgh which supports adults with long term and enduring mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar and depression.
I am passionate about being outdoors and greatly value the benefits it can have on our state of mind , wellbeing and physical health. As part of my practice I offer walking & talking therapy to those who feel it may be something they would find beneficial.
Continuing Professional Development includes .
- CBT Toolkit
- Trauma Resilience
- Suicide Awareness Training
- Working Creatively with Families - A systemic approach.
- Mental Health First Aid
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Dissociation Training
Other qualifications include ;
- BA Honours in Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, 1987
- Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, 1988
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £40.00 per session.