I am an experienced counsellor and I work with my clients in a person centred way, always working with what you choose to bring and working at your pace. I work as a Supervisor, supervising other counsellors and their work, and I am an EMDR therapist which enables me to work with clients who have suffered trauma.
For many years I worked as a nurse specialising in all aspects of fertility, including counselling before and after an abortion, I then went on to be a counsellor in an IVF unit. For many years I also worked in the charitable sector developing a huge range of experience in all areas of individual counselling. My next place of work was the Scottish Association of Mental Health. Here I worked with everything the General Practitioners referred to us. At the same time I spent many years working with drug and alcohol addiction and all the challenges that this can bring to family members.
I have an interest in working with people who have experienced abuse of any sort whether recent or in childhood, and helping them to claim their lives back as their own. Sometimes people just feel that they need a listening ear because circumstances in their lives have got out of hand, work can be emotionally challenging, and the busy lives we all lead in today's society and the problems that this can bring, such as relationship issues, depression, anxiety or bereavement may all make you feel you may benefit from counselling. When appropriate I can use EMDR to help people cope with past trauma of all sorts. This therapy is recognised by the medical profession as one of the best ways of working with trauma.
I work from my own home in Linlithgow, in a purpose built counselling room which has its own entrance and wheelchair access. It is a comfortable, calming and welcoming space designed to make your counselling experience as relaxed as possible.
I appreciate that coming to a counsellor is a very hard step to take, but hopefully with my support you can find a way through your difficulties and you can discover that life can still be full of promise and interest beyond the challenging place you are presently in.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counsellor and Accredited member of BACP and EMDR therapist
I have a Diploma in person centred counselling from Strathclyde University, and I am an accredited member of BACP and URKCP.
I am a counselling supervisor
I am also a trained EMDR therapist
I have done specialist courses in:
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Child Sexual Abuse
I constantly continue to update my training by regularly attending courses and specialist reading.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£45 per 50 minute session for individual clients
£50 an hour for counselling supervision reduction offered for students
£50 an hour for EMDR
During the first session I take time to explain what counselling is and to explore what you want to gain from our time together. This way I hope to be able to accompany you in your exploration of your difficulties to the best of my abilities. I at all times aim to be empathic, non-judgemental, open and honest wanting to build a relationship of trust and understanding between us.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for daytime or evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am an experienced supervisor, I enjoy working with students and helping them to find their way forward through what can be a very challenging and difficult profession, where support, encouragement and guidance can play a huge part in their developemnt and confidence in being a counsellor.View supervision profile