I am a registered member of the BACP and have over twenty years experience providing personal development, counselling and psychotherapy in a variety of settings including specialist palliative care, education, private practice, youth services, youth offending and voluntary organisations.
I also have over 10 years experience as a supervisor and as a mentor to university trainee counsellors and counselling psychologists. I have a special interest in the area of death and dying and and the impact of loss upon people. I also have a strong passion for working therapeutically outdoors, especially using human powered journeying in nature as a therapeutic way of helping people to overcome life's difficulties. My practice is rooted in the Humanistic psychotherapies and shaped by further training and professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Environmental education from Liverpool John Moores University. During my final year I studied adventure therapy and submitted a first class dissertation exploring the psychological effect of Scottish Hill walking. I worked for Youth Services in Manchester and then with young adult offenders in Lanarkshire using outdoor journeying as a vehicle for personal development and change.
My formal counselling took place at the University of Strathclyde 2003 gaining a PG Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling while working in local mental health associations and volunteering at St Andrews Hospice in Airdrie. Since 2004 I worked as a counsellor in St Andrews Hospice before becoming the Bereavement Support coordinator in 2008. I then trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and I was a part of the Strathclyde research group exploring Social Anxiety using EFT. I completed a MSc by research looking into the emotional effect of grief and my supervision training in 2011 also at the University of Strathclyde. I developed a small counselling team in St Andrews Hospice who provided counselling to the local community of Lanarkshire who were struggling with grief. I mentored trainee counsellors from the universities in the central belt. In 2014 I began to cut back my hospice work and developed a private practice. In 2016 I moved to Highland Scotland began to work therapeutically on-line alongside working two days in the central belt.
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
£40.00 per hour session
I am a fully qualified Mountain Leader, British Canoe Union level 3 coach and a Scottish Mountain Bike Leader. I am therefore able to provide therapeutic journeys in wilderness environments.