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I am a proactive counsellor who works compassionately, creatively and intuitively to explore the many aspects of your life and where you would like to bring about change. Counselling creates new connections in the brain, greater emotional resilience and is a very reparative experience.
I see you as the expert in yourself and will work with you to find a way forward which is meaningful for you. My mode of counselling is a combination of person-centred snd solution-focused counselling offering an engaging, rich learning experience.
I show the attitudes of warmth, trust and a nonjudgmental style in the counselling relationship and our sessions will be in a comfortable, peaceful counselling studio.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working with people's wellbeing for 15 years, as a community mediator, a mental health worker 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 have a private practice, The Oyster, and also work at the University of Edinburgh in their training and research counselling centre. I spent 2 years with LGBTHealth working with clients with their unique set of issues. I focus principally on the present and the future whilst recognising the influence the past has on us. As part of the community, I volunteer as a family support worker and facilitate a monthly mental health group. I also contribute on the board at Changes, a mental health charity.
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 serve you best.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
We would first of all have an initial appointment where we get the chance to see if we would like to work together. If we did, then we would agree to 6 sessions initially, at the same day and time each week. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
I charge £45 for appointments.
When I work
I am working in person or on Zoom.