Often we don’t feel able to live as we would like to. We might feel stuck or anxious. We might have experiences that feel hard to cope with, think about or process.
I offer accepting and collaborative therapy to explore what is going on for you, whatever that might be, and to help you find a way through.
I am a qualified, experienced and accredited counsellor based in Edinburgh. I am trained between person-centred and psychodynamic approaches and draw on both of these in how I work. This might mean coming closer to what you are really feeling in the moment, including the bits you don’t quite understand. This might connect you with your past experience and how it affects you today.
I work interactively – this is something we are doing together. I work with an awareness that all parts of ourselves are connected, though they often get separated. For me, this means paying attention to our bodies, minds and emotions. It means being aware of our relationships, social context and environment. We may or may not talk about all these things, but I believe they are present.
I work both short and longer term and we can discuss what would be most helpful for you.
I also work in student counselling at the University of Edinburgh. This means I am not able to work privately with University of Edinburgh students, though I can see students from other universities.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a counsellor between 2010 and 2014, and hold a Master of Counselling degree with distinction. Before that I had worked in community based mental health roles since 2005. I have worked as a counsellor at the University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service since 2016 and prior to that worked as a counsellor at Falkirk and District Association of Mental Health and Hope Park Counselling Centre, Edinburgh.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and was awarded their accreditation for experienced practitioners in 2019. I work by their ethical standards.
I have also worked as a mental health Collective Advocacy worker, facilitating projects in which people with lived experience of mental health difficulties (specifically psychosis and personality disorder diagnosis) could have a stronger voice and work for change. This activist perspective of mental health being linked to wider society and the world around us, rather than only being an individual matter, has strongly informed my work.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
I am available for counselling sessions on Tuesdays. I work in Edinburgh from a counselling room near Meadowbank, on the edge of Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat. This is a flat that has been adapted into counselling rooms and has a relaxed and quiet feel.
If you are interested in working with me as your counsellor, please get in touch.
We would arrange an initial session to discuss your situation and what therapy with me might be like.
In response to Covid-19, I am able to do sessions online or by telephone when restrictions require this.
Please note there are stairs to my counselling room so unfortunately I am not able to provide disabled access.