Hi. Are you trying to tackle a difficult issue in your life? Are you pretty sure there's a better way but you can't quite grasp it? As a qualified counsellor I can help you explore and develop a better sense of who you are and what choices you have about how you live your life. Looking at the negative and positive sides of human experience empowers you towards a more confident self.
Meeting with a counsellor is part of a very personal journey which leads to a greater sense of wellbeing and I would be honoured to meet you on your journey to help facilitiate this.
As a person-centred counsellor my method of work involves:
sensitive understanding, to enable self-exploration and change
caring understanding, to create self-acceptance and a sense of identity
perceptive understanding, to expand your self-knowledge.
I express the attitudes of warmth, trust and a nonjudgmental style in the counselling relationship and we will meet in a comfortable, peaceful counselling studio.
Please contact me if you would like to talk over whether counselling could be helpful to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working with people's wellbeing for 15 years, as a community mediator, a mental health worker, a massage therapist and a tai chi teacher. I have been studying psychology since my degree in 2001, then at Edinburgh University and most recently with a COSCA accredited Counselling Diploma. My method of counselling provides the honesty and openness which allows you to find trust in yourself and the wonderful liberation this brings.
I currently work for CrossReach Counselling and No 40 Counselling, and I spent 2 years with LGBTHealth working with clients each of whom had their unique set of issues. I focus principally on the present and the future whilst recognising the influence the past has on us.
I have training in mindfulness which is about using the present as a way to deflect negative or obsessive thinking, but I will always be guided by the direction you want to go in, not by a prescribed set of questions or techniques which must be followed. You are the expert in yourself and you have the capacity to make whatever change is going to best serve you.
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
We would first of all have an initial appointment which would allow an exploration of your current situation and provide details of the counselling contract. After that, each session would be at the same time each week and would last 50 minutes.
I charge £40 for appointments.
Current availability for virtual counselling is Monday.