This world has never been more confusing and difficult to navigate due to the changing situation with Covid, lockdown, working from home, furlough, home schooling and consequent isolation and change in routines.
All of these situations can cause distress and either cause or exacerbate mental illness. One of the key difficulties that has arisen is the lack of personal contact. Under the current lockdown rules I am able to see clients in person, in a Covid safe environment with enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
We are all individuals and I believe that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to counselling. I therefore tailor my approach to each client to ensure that every client gets a truly individual service.
I am conveniently located for Edinburgh, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and Fife beside the M8 Livingston junction 3.
The counselling room is in a modern bright business centre with a reception area, tea and coffee are available to clients.
I have experience in counselling the following issues with adults.
- Work related stress
- Self harm
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Carers issues
- Low self esteem
- Domestic abuse
- Bereavement and loss
- Relationship difficulties
- Family difficulties
I can also provide Canine Assisted Therapy for clients who feel more comfortable with an animal in the counselling room. My very friendly miniature poodle helps me with this.
I am also available for EAP (employee assistance programmes) for which I provide short term solution focused therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
COSCA Diploma in Counselling - 2013
Extensive experience in the voluntary sector.
I have been privileged to help dozens of clients who have presented with wide ranging issues. These have included
- Work related stress
Generalised anxiety disorder
Low self esteem
Bereavement and loss
Many of my clients have been referred by their GPs, who have very limited appointment times. I am so fortunate to be able to spend 50mins with each client to give them the time and space to explore their issues.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am able to offer Canine Assisted Therapy (AAT), in this a friendly well trained dog will be in the counselling room during the counselling session. This is entirely optional for clients who may be more comfortable with animals than people.
Flexible availability including evenings
There is full disabled access to my counselling room including disabled toilets