I am a Person-Centred Counsellor providing a safe, down to earth, and welcoming place to talk about the concerns you have.
As well as being a counsellor, I work in mental health and social work services. I have done so for over 20 years. This helps me understand how difficult it can be to talk to someone you don’t know about the very personal matters that affect you. I feel strongly that everyone should feel they can talk about their wellbeing and not see this as difficult or intimidating. Everyone has a right to good mental health and therapy should not be about difficult ideas or concepts - it should all be about the client.
I am confident that a person-centred approach can help you understand any issues you may be facing so if you are struggling with, for example,
- low moods or depression
- feeling sad
- feeling stuck
- grief and loss
- low self-esteem
- Covid-19 specific anxiety
Or any other mental health issue, working together we will be able to understand and work through them.
I am also able to provide guided meditations and work within a Buddhist context if that is an area people are interested in. I am able to offer guidance in terms of mindfulness.
At the moment I am working via telephone, text or an online platform such as zoom. Whichever of these is most suitable for you I am happy to use.
A bit about me:
I am 50 years of age and married with 2 daughters at university. I live in Ayr.
After having overcome some confusing and difficult times myself in terms of depression and anxiety I decided I needed to rethink what was important to me.
That has led me to learn more about Buddhist theory, mindfulness and meditation. I continue to work in social work which is important to me - I think such services are essential and help people who face profound day to day difficulties.
I decided to train as a counsellor to offer a more direct way of helping people. As cliched as it may sound I do learn something about my practice, myself and other people from every client I work with and really enjoy working as a counsellor.
I also want to reach people who may think counselling is complicated and not for them. It can and should be for everyone: my approach is to be as straightforward and simple in my approach as possible.
Where Do We Start?
Counselling is a very personal process and it's important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so I offer a free initial telephone call which gives you the opportunity to get a feel for what it might be like working together before you make a decision. Please feel free to get in touch with me to see if am the right person to work with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person-centred therapist and registered with the BACP.
I am a qualified social worker for over 20 years and worked in mental health services for about 15 years.
Since my qualification, I have completed one "working online training course" and I am in the process of completing a more substantial second one.
I am experienced in terms of leading and developing meditation for individuals and groups. I have a good level of knowledge of Buddhist practice and importantly I think what it offers in modern daily life. I believe its practical application to be far more important than the theory alone.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial free session in order to talk about if we can work together. If not, it may be that I can recommend another counsellor who may be able to.
After this, the sessions are £50 per hour and last about 50 minutes. Generally, this will be weekly but other patterns can be considered.