How Can I Help You?
There are times in our lives when we feel we need some extra help to cope with life events and struggles. At times like these counselling can help, and that's what I am here for. I would like to help you through whatever it is that brings you here.
Whether it is stress at work, life events, or you're not sure what is wrong but feel something is not right, it can help to share your feelings with a non-judgemental companion, allowing you to clarify your own thoughts and experiences and helping you to see a way through. I will provide a safe, confidential space for you to explore what is troubling you, and working together will encourage a positive outcome.
Seeking help is the first step, and I know it’s a difficult one. Starting working with a counsellor is daunting, and the work itself can be difficult and painful, but you won’t be doing it alone, I will be right there with you.
Autism and Asperger's syndrome
If your family is affected by autism it can be hard to find someone who has a real understanding of the everyday issues you might be confronted with. I have both personal and professional experience of autism and so can offer that understanding. I also have experience working in the wider field of learning disabilities.
The right 'fit'
Deciding on the right counsellor 'fit' for you is not easy. You are welcome to contact me for a first telephone conversation of 15 minutes (no charge) to discuss your needs before deciding if you wish to go ahead and meet for a therapeutic session. You can call or message me in the first instance, so that we can arrange a time suitable for us both for that first conversation.
What to expect?
If you decide to commence therapy, normally we would plan to meet at the same time every week, and sessions usually last 50 minutes. Currently, I am only offering telephone or online sessions - that may change once the pandemic is past. In our first session we’ll talk a little bit about what your expectations are, and about the issues that bring you to counselling. In this first session, we’ll agree on our boundaries, including, most importantly, the confidentiality of our work. We would also discuss what you hope to get out of therapy, and how long it might take.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified in Person-Centred therapy and have experience practising in an Employee Assistance Programme as well as with student support services and a couple of charities, one of which is specifically to support the families of, and people on the Autism Spectrum.
Prior to training in counselling I worked in education, and latterly spent 20 years working with young people with Additional Support Needs, 15 of those in a specialist Autism resource.
Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Aberdeen
Post Graduate Diploma in Autism, University of Strathclyde
Postgraduate Diploma in Support for Learning
PG Diploma Psychology (OU conversion)
BSc Science (Hons) University of Glasgow
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
From £35.00 to £40.00
Concessions offered for
Fees are 40 pounds per session, 35 pounds for low income
I normally have client appointments during the day, but I can take some evening/weekend appointments