Whatever you're going through and however it is making you feel, I can offer you an empathic space to be heard and understood. There’s so much to gain by working together helping you move forward into the direction you choose.
You may be experiencing feelings, thoughts or behaviours you no longer want, or hope to break free from a troubling situation. Counselling can help you with many difficult life problems, as well as gaining new understandings and problem-solving strategies. This can also help you to cope better with managing similar problems that you may be faced with in the future.
With working together, we can explore problems or experiences that you may be finding painful, troubling or embarrassing. I can help you make sense of what is bringing you to counselling along with helping you identify what you want from therapy. As we go through the process of therapy together you may gain a better understanding of yourself and of those around you.
My counselling approach is pluralistic. I believe that each person is unique and because of this you may need different things from therapy. In the process of therapy there are many ways to make a difference. I am trained to work with a range of different therapeutic approaches and draw on them to tailor therapy to your specific needs and wants.
If you feel you are ready for counselling at this moment in time and that I may be the counsellor you would like to work with then please make contact with me.
"Coming together is a beginning
Keeping together is progress
Working together is success" (Henry Ford)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a bereavement counsellor and as a support group facilitator with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland for six years. I have extensive experience working with bereaved adults and young people who have experienced loss through death including sudden death, suicide and child loss.
Further counselling experience includes working with Fife Alcohol Support Services and Talk Matters providing free, professional and confidential counselling on a wide range of issues such as alcohol-related problems, anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem and abuse.
I have facilitated groupwork in a range of settings covering, bereavement, loneliness and support for those affected by dementia.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Abertay)
- COSCA Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Abertay)
- SMHFA (Scotland's Mental Health First Aid)
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- Suicide Safe Talk
- Alcohol Intervention Training
- COSCA Specialist Bereavement, Attachment and Loss Training
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapist ( BACP ). I bound by and adhere to the Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
By telephone or email is the best way to get in touch with me. If however I am unable to take your call then please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I offer a free initial consultation which should last approximately 40 minutes. During the initial consultation you will have the opportunity to ask me questions that are important to you. It is so important to find a counsellor that you think you will work well with as it affects how well your therapy goes. The initial consultation should help you to decide if you would like to work with me.
Counselling sessions are £40.00 lasting one hour and payment is required on that day. Payments are accepted by bank transfer, cash or cheque. Block bookings are also accepted.
During the first counselling session I ask that we both sign a contract which outlines the responsibilities of both parties throughout our work.
I do not accept bookings from family members or friends. This way ensures that you are coming to counselling of your own accord.
I have full professional indemnity insurance.
I am a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme (Disclosure Scotland).
I work Monday - Friday and offer flexible times.
I work from my private garden therapy room based in Kirkcaldy. My therapy room is light with large windows. It has a very calming and tranquil effect, which will make you feel at ease, comfortable and safe.