I work as a Psychodynamic practitioner and believe that unresolved issues from our earliest experiences can impact on our relationships and cause us to have difficulties in both our working and private lives. Our earliest relationships can influence how we feel about ourselves, and difficulties we may have had in these relationships can often end up playing out, usually unconsciously, in our behaviour patterns and adult relationships throughout our lives. I can provide a safe and confidential space where these issues can be talked about and explored. If we can understand ourselves better and develop insight into how we relate to others, we can then make different choices if we choose to do so.
I have a particular interest in loss and bereavement and feel that our earliest experiences of loss can affect us throughout our lives. I believe all counselling is about loss of some kind, it may not always be a bereavement, it may be divorce or major transitions in our lives such as retirement, ill health or menopause, all of which can make us feel as if we have lost of part of ourselves.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a background in Nursing and Midwifery and worked in the NHS for 30 years as a Nurse, Midwife and Family Nurse. Being with families at some of the most vulnerable times of their lives is a real privilege but I often felt I had limited time to just listen and be with the client. My interest in counselling stemmed from this and in 2012 I completed a Graduate Certificate in Counselling at Abertay University, Dundee and went on to work with CRUSE Scotland. I have since trained with Human Development Scotland completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling (Psychodynamic).
I currently work in Palliative Care and also work as a Counsellor for a charity in Angus. Currently studying Couple Counselling with Relationships Scotland.
I am a Registered member of the BACP and COSCA.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Please contact me by telephone or email so we can have a short discussion about your current difficulties then decide if you wish to go ahead with an assessment session.