I am an experienced counsellor working in a person centred way with adults, children and young people out of a dedicated private counselling room in Edinburgh City Centre. I also work online for those who prefer.
People come to see a counsellor for a variety of reasons. A life-changing event creating shock or grief. Feelings of low mood and isolation, low self-esteem, or suffering from feelings of anxiety. Often, events from the past prevent us from living life in the way we would like to. Perhaps previously relied on strategies for coping are simply not working anymore.
We can at times feel trapped and not know how to regain a sense of self or direction, we can find ourselves experiencing difficulties in significant relationships. Without support we can feel alone and lost.
My aim as a counsellor is to create a space for you to explore feelings and experiences in a safe, supported way without fear of judgement. I won't tell you 'what to do ' but rather I will work with you to help you to feel empowered, to accept things that cannot be changed and to make changes that feel possible.
I have developed a way of working with children and young people based on my formal training in person centred therapy. For me the key to successful work is the counselling relationship, one that is built on the child or young person feeling equal, listened to without judgement or assumption, in a warm, caring and safe space where the counsellor is genuine and can be trusted.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with people at all stages in life bringing wide ranging experiences into the counselling room. I have over 10 years experience working and volunteering in the third sector with both adults and young people in settings including mental health advocacy, a rape crisis centre, and University counselling services.
In addition to my work with adults I am experienced in and qualified to deliver counselling to children and young people.
I have experience of delivering counselling in both primary and secondary schools and have also worked with young people as they navigate College and University. Most recently I have been part of a team delivering bereavement support to children and teenagers through talk and play in Edinburgh and East Lothian.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
A brief initial meeting lasting around 20 mins is free of charge.
Sessions are £50
I have a small number of concessionary rates available
When I work
I know that contacting a therapist can be daunting and I aim to make this process a little easier by inviting you for a brief informal chat to meet me and see how you might feel about working together, we can do this over the phone, zoom or in person. I do not charge a fee for this.
If you are contacting on behalf of a young person I will also invite them in to meet me to let them get a sense of how it might be working with me before they decide how to proceed.