Due to the current Covid 19 situation, I can offer counselling over the phone or via video link. However, I will be available for counselling outdoors if clients would prefer to meet in person. Meeting outdoors would involve walking and talking in the Fortrose and the wider Ross -shire area. I can also offer wilderness therapy involving walking, canoeing or cycling. Wilderness therapy will be a minimum of a day.
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 the impact loss has 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.
I believe that people have the potential and the capacity to overcome all that life throws at them. Counselling is like a journey into finding oneself and this can be scary. I try to support clients through the process of counselling by helping them to become more trusting in their own resources - their thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and learn to trust these. To be open to their experiences and use them as a guide for what they need to grow and enhance their life.
I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor before training in Emotion Focused Therapy, CBT, and Mindfulness. I commit to offering a confidential and respectful counselling relationship.
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
Counselling £40.00 per hour session
Supervision £45.00 per hour session
Wilderness therapy £150 per day (note for canoeing all equipment is supplied)
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.