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Dip. Couns. Registered MBACP and Supervisor

About me

I am trained and work as a person centred counsellor and Supervisor in a confidential, relaxed and safe environment in the Elgin area of Moray. I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their strict ethical codes of good practice.

I offer confidential, face to face, person centred counselling which is a different experience for each client as we are all unique individuals. My aim is to accept you as you are, to hear and understand you, and enter into a therapeutic relationship that is real and genuine in which I can help you to identify your issues and resolutions. I offer a safe place to explore feelings and emotions in a non-judgmental setting.

Due to Covid-19 and the current necessary restrictions we are all facing, I wish to assure you that your safety and wellbeing is paramount to me and I have strict measures in place to ensure the measures are being met at all times.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and I am currently working towards accreditation.

I hold a COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate.

I hold an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Certificate.

I Hold the BACP Voluntary Certificate of Proficiency and appear on the Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

I have worked effectively with many different client issues in the voluntary sector and in my private practice and within large organisations and within agencies.

My work includes private clients, GP Referrals, Student Counsellor at RGU Aberdeen, Moray Council Employee Assistance Provider, I also undertake work for The Meningitis Trust.
I work with individuals 15 years and over.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

My fees are £40.00 per 60 min session with concessions for students, and discounts for people on low income.
Discounted block Bookings are available, 6 sessions £220.00 (paid in advance).
Evening and weekend appointments are available.

When I work

Offices in Elgin town centre and Fochabers

Telephone and remote video sessions

Further information

Practice premises in Elgin town centre or in Fochabers in a peaceful, rural area within 15 minutes of Elgin town centre both with free parking.

Elgin, Moray, IV30

Fochabers, Elgin, Moray, IV32

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Both of my practice premises are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible, I also offer telephone/online counselling where the client may stay in their home and access counselling.


In person

I am a COSCA qualified supervisor offering supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and other related professions.

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