I am a registered and accredited counsellor with over 10 years’ experience and provide one to one counselling for adults of all ages both long- and short-term work.
I specialise in working with complex trauma, C-PTSD( complex post traumatic stress disorder) and disorders like BPD(borderline personality disorder) and DID(dissociative identity disorder).I have considerable experience of working with depression, anxiety, coping with loss and bereavement, panic attacks, anger issues, intense guilt, trauma, childhood sexual abuse and difficulty in relating to others.I also have experience working with clients on the Autistic spectrum or Asperger’s and family members.
My approach is psychodynamic and trauma informed theory. Most of us have at sometime experienced a very stressful, frightening or distressing event but may not of have had resources available to be able to process that concern.
We will look initially at your most pressing area of concern - the 'presenting' problem. We then usually look at your background and early experiences - allowing you to make links between how you are behaving and feeling now, and what has happened to you along the way. From here with new insights, deeper understanding and more freedom you will have more choices to respond to current situations rather than reacting from coping/survival mechanisms.
I love to see people grow and be free to be who they truly are!
Working together is about recognising we are all unique and therefore each relationship with a client is tailored and paced to what works best for them. We all learn differently and as well as talking things through I have strategies and creative techniques available.
I can offer appointments both during the day and evenings.
I have my own private practise and additionally I volunteer for a counselling service in Fife.
I understand the prospect of coming for Counselling can be quite daunting so please feel free to call for an informal chat if that is helpful to you where we can discuss what you would like to gain from Counselling.
The initial appointment is an opportunity to discuss your concerns and look at the best way forward. During this appointment I will explain how counselling works and answer any questions you may have.
Once you are happy to proceed with counselling, I will ask you to sign a contract and establish clear boundaries. This explains my professional commitment to you in regard to:
· Date and times of appointments.
· The confidentiality agreement.
· The professional client/counsellor relationship.
· How and when to contact me outside of the sessions e.g., cancellation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered and accredited counsellor with ACC.
My practice is fully insured and I undertake regular clinical supervision in line with the expectations of my professional body (ACC).
I hold the following qualifications:
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4) CPCAB (Counselling and
- Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body).
- Certificate in Counselling Studies 3 CPCAB.
- Counselling Skills Certificate Level 2 CPCAB.
- In addition to the above I have undertaken further training in Working with trauma abuse, PTSD, C-PTSD and dissociative disorders. Also creative techniques including working with sand trays.
- I have 80 hours trauma training online with Janina Fisher.
I am committed to undergoing continuing professional development attending workshops and training days.
Registered / Accredited
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Association for Christian Counsellors
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My fee is £50 per fifty minute sessions. Concessions are available depending on circumstances.
Appts available daytime's and some evenings