What is therapy/counselling?
I view therapy as a relationship which offers a non-judgemental space to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. To be challenged and supported in shifting perspectives and deepening your understanding of self to enable you to accept yourself and/or accept life realities.
How I can help
As someone that has personal experience of being a client in therapy and struggling to confront issues in my life I understand the challenge it is to take the first step towards change. With this understanding in mind I aim to consider how best to support you through this process of change or acceptance and face the challenges with you.
I am happy to work with whatever you bring and avoid using the traditional labels associated with mental distress. Instead I work from an existential perspective which takes into consideration the entire life of a person and how you can live a more accepting and meaningful life in spite of the suffering you may have faced. I offer face to face counselling in Glasgow and I also offer online work via Skype/telephone. If you want to find out if we can work together the easiest thing to do is get in touch to discuss your difficulties.
I provide a free (20 minutes) telephone consultation which gives you an opportunity to discuss your difficulties and needs. You will also get an idea about me as a person and a practitioner which help us to figure out if I am someone you feel comfortable with in therapy. If it seems like we need a longer time to go through this I may suggest a full (50 minute) appointment to assess your needs appropriately.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training background
I have a BA in Social Sciences and a Postgraduate Diploma in person centred counselling. I am accredited with the BACP and a member of the Society for Existential Analysis. I have completed several courses since to enhance my knowledge and skills as a practitioner including; trauma and stabilisation, existential theory in practice, counselling for depression, solution focused therapy, play therapy.
My employment background
I currently work within the NHS and have specialised in trauma services that focus on sexual violence and abuse. I have also worked in primary care for many years facilitating change with clients experiencing multiple and varied difficulties. I have experience working with the LGBTQI community and young adults/children from voluntary work I've done through the years. I also spent time working with Employee Asistance Programmes (EAP) supporting employees through a crisis and in counselling.
I have a particular interest in Existential issues e.g. death and loss, meaninglessness, responsibility, isolation, freedom of choice and actively work with these human difficulties.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Low self-confidence
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My standard rate is £45 (50 minutes per session) this rate also stands for any online therapy work. I do offer concession rates for students or low-income individuals.
Something to consider
There are many types of therapy out there that all follow different theories. Yet beyond all of this the most important aspect of whether or not therapy is effective is the relationship you build with the therapist. It has been widely accepted and researched that the therapeutic relationship is paramount in facilitating change. So I encourage you to consider this aspect above qualifications or the cost of therapy. Take time to reflect on how well you get on with the therapist, how comfortable you feel with them, after all this is someone that you will be sharing your deepest thoughts/feelings with and paying them for the privilege.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon 15:00 - 20:30 Tue 13:00 - 20:00 Sat 09:00 - 13:00
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|