During the Coronavirus period all sessions are online or by telephone.
Whatever your circumstance I hope you will find me warm and welcoming. I aim to understand where you are coming from and, as you are ready, to help you fathom out best way forward. I am trained in various methods of counselling so together we can choose which is most helpful and comfortable for you. We may find different approaches work from one session to the next, or you may prefer that we stick with the one you find most helpful. I am a christian and I welcome clients of all faiths or none.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the misery of depression which has hi-jacked who you really are or have you begun to believe that you will never ever feel any better as you drag yourself through the exhausting challenge of just getting through the day? Maybe taking time out with me to learn some tools and clear your head could be really beneficial in helping you find an ounce of motivation again and believe in your ability to fight it and get back to being you.
Are you burnt out by meeting everyone's needs but your own or by impossible work demands or an unhealthy work environment and are wondering why you feel lifeless or permanently wound up? Or maybe you are just aware that stress is creeping up on you faster than you would like to admit. Have you forgotten how to be compassionate to yourself? Are you trying to ignore the fact that maybe those extra aches and pains and health issues could be being exacerbated by mounting stress? Maybe I can help you work out how to prioritise your own wellbeing step by step, and at your own pace, realising that it is beneficial to others as well as yourself.
If you have lost someone or something special in your life and you are feeling lonely and stuck with the searing pain which you feel no one can understand perhaps you would benefit from the chance to talk with a caring person who is not a close family member or friend? I help you to cherish your memories, process the pain and begin (when you are ready) to make little plans for a different future you did not choose.
What to expect
At the first session I aim to put you at ease and do an informal assessment getting to understand you and your current difficulties. At the end of that session if I believe I can help you and you are happy to work with me and my approaches then I usually suggest committing to a further 5 week block, but this is of course up to you.
It would be a privilege to journey with you in the counselling room. Just taking time out to clarify your thoughts, make sense of what is going on for you and make changes or begin to move on can be all you need to feel a little sense of joy or calm return to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree Stirling University 1993
Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Abertay, Dundee 2013
Diploma in Christian Counselling Vital Connexions, Glasgow July 2015
I am also a wife, mother of two grown up children and a part time Primary School teacher (for 24 years) so I have plenty of life experience which I believe can be just as valuable as my counselling qualifications.
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
£45 per 50 minute session payable on or before the appointment please.
If you are currently unemployed due to ill health or have financial strain due to the Covid 19 outbreak I am happy to discuss a concession should you require it.
Cancellation policy applies as per contract which you will receive at the first appointment.
Come for an initial assessment and decide if you are happy with what I can offer you and trust me to work with you I usually suggest committing to a six week block of sessions for maximum benefit for you but this is entirely negotiable. If I feel I cannot help I will try to find someone who can.