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MBACP, Counselling and Psychotherapy

About me

Hi, thank you for choosing to find out a bit more about me and what I can offer you. These past few years have been like no other.  In these uncertain times we can find that all the things we took for granted are no longer there. Uncertainty and change is the only thing we can be sure of.  What does the future hold... 

Counselling is a talking therapy and it can be a scary thought talking to someone who you don't know. It can take huge amounts of courage to take that first step. To help make that first step a bit easier I aim to offer you a warm, friendly, safe, non-judgemental space in which you can explore issues that are concerning you.

We all face difficulties in our journey through life and sometimes those worries become too much for us to cope with. We can find it hard to speak to friends or family and find ourselves needing to speak to someone who will listen, understand, and accept us, just as we are. That is what counselling is there for - what it is all about.

Counselling  supports you through stressful times and life events. Being able to talk openly in private with a trained counsellor can help untangle some of the more difficult thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing. I offer a place of safety, of trust and open communication. A place where you can be yourself in complete confidentiality.

I am an experienced  qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist based in Crieff,  Perthshire. I have worked for many years within the NHS in different contexts and most recently was a counsellor attached to a local GP practice. I also volunteer with a counselling charity based in Perth.

We come to counselling for many reasons such as low mood, anxiety, grief, relationship or family problems, transitions in life, depression, bullying,sexuality issues, and anger issues among others. I believe everyone is unique and issues which bring you to seek counselling are unique to you. You are the expert on yourself, you know yourself better than anyone but sometimes along the journey of life, we find ourselves lost without a compass to guide us. A wrong turn and we find our self at a crossroads or at a roadblock and need a helping hand to get back on track - that’s where counselling comes in...

No problem is too big or too small to bring to counselling.

I  have recently expanded my practice to offer counselling to children and young people from age 4 to 18 covering issues such as bereavement, anxiety, depression, bullying, emotional problems, difficulties in relationships, feeling sad, lonely, gender issues, queries about sexuality, LGBTQI+ issues, self harm & low esteem....

I am delighted to have formed a partnership with a local counsellor, Linda Pike to form Popp Ins Therapy Centre in Crieff,  where we have 3  covid friendly therapy rooms one of which has been fully equipped for children's counselling at www.poppinstherapycentre.co.uk

I offer counselling by phone, online or face to face.  Please get in touch for an initial free phone consultation. Or email me with any queries you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Dip. HE in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy

In addition I regularly undertake a broad range of courses towards my continuing professional development.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • Concessions available for students and those on low wage or benefits.
  • Please contact me by phone or email  for a free initial phone consultation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  until 7pm

Friday morning 

Further information

I work within the ethical framework of BACP. I am a registered member of BACP. I am fully insured and hold PVG certificate.

Crieff, Perthshire, PH7

Auchterarder, Perth & Kinross, PH3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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