I am 52 years of age and live in Ayrshire. I also work in mental health services for many years as well as in therapy.
After having overcome difficult times myself in terms of depression and anxiety I decided I needed to rethink what was important to me. That led me to learn more about mindfulness and meditation and to train as a person centred therapist.
I decided to train as a counsellor to offer an alternative and more direct way of supporting people to understand themselves better. I believe therapy is under utilised as a method of improving mental health and well-being. I think we are the best people to help ourselves but sometimes need a little guidance in working that out.
so…Where Do We Start?
I am working via telephone, text or video platform as well as face to face in my home.
Counselling is a very personal process and it's important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so I offer a free initial telephone or video session which gives you the opportunity to get a feel for what it might be like working with me 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)
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.
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.
When I work
I am able to work flexibly. This means I can work both daytime and in the evening. I can also work weekends too.