Hello, I’m Gail, a qualified and experienced counsellor. I am sincere, empathic, and accepting and I enjoy my work. I offer a trusting, supportive and tranquil space where you can explore your concerns and unravel your thoughts with compassion and respect. My aim is to understand your experiences from your perspective and how they impact on you. Whether it is past or present events that are concerning you, I will hear your story and support you as you make sense of your situation. Together we can work flexibly and creatively towards what you feel will be the most appropriate and meaningful ways to deal with your concerns.
I have supported people of all ages who have experienced various challenges in life, and I have been able to help them to bring about the changes they were seeking in adjusting their life balance or assisting their personal growth. These have included childhood adversities (ACEs) including neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, major life changes and transitions, bereavement, pet loss, relationship or family discord, and work-related issues. These challenges can come with various emotional responses including heightened levels of stress, anxiety, generalised anxiety, grief, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, low mood, depression, and spiritual discord. It may be that you are unsure about the cause of the emotional response you are experiencing. Throughout our sessions together we can explore, and reflect on what is going on for you, and we can consider resources, and then you can choose what would be the most helpful for you.
Change is possible
For your counselling to be therapeutic, the quality of the relationship between you and me is important. At our first meeting we will share information about your needs and your counselling preferences, and my counselling approach. If you feel we can work together and you would like to continue, you may opt for short-term (only a few sessions), or you may opt for long-term (several sessions). Every 4-6 sessions, we will review our progress, checking if you are comfortable with the way the counselling is going. Is it in the direction you wish? Is it in a way that feels right for you? And is it at a pace that suits you? Then we can explore what would help you to bring about the balance or changes that you are looking for.
You are the expert on your life, and I believe your answers are within you.
Each session is an hour, and they can be mornings, afternoons or evenings, Monday to Thursday. You can opt for online sessions, or if you live locally you can opt for sessions outdoors, or a mix of both, depending on your preference and the weather!
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in pluralistic counselling at the University of Abertay. Pluralism supports diversity, flexibility and choice and counselling draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches. My work is constantly evolving and integrates aspects of Person-centred, Compassion focussed, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and more. This enables you to shape your own course of therapy to meet your own needs and preferences. You lead the way, guiding the therapy process in the direction you want, at a pace that suits you.
- MSc Studies in Mindfulness (University of Aberdeen) (Currently studying)
- Mindfulness Based Living Course. Ready to Teach, Level 2, Young Adults (Mindfulness Association)
- Certified Cyber Therapist (Online Therapy Institute)
- Mindfulness Based Living Course, Ready to Teach, Level 2, Adults (Mindfulness Association)
- MSc in Counselling (University of Abertay)
- Certificate in Counselling Children (CPCAB)
- Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling (University of Abertay)
- Post-Graduate Certificate Counselling Skills (University of Abertay)
- BA Social Sciences (UHI Perth)
Before training as a counsellor, I lived and worked in a variety of care settings, including retirement homes, veterinary services, and foster care. I have also trained in aromatherapy and Usui Reiki.
As a counsellor I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked in primary school and university settings, and in voluntary organisations some of which provided specialist support for carers, for survivors of sexual abuse, and for those who have suffered through pet loss and bereavement.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Working hours Monday to Thursday
Daytime and Evening appointments available