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I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist. I am currently offering sessions online, and I am based in Edinburgh.
Maybe you are looking to make a change, or life has forced change upon you; perhaps you have been feeling low or anxious, suffering from anxiety or depression; perhaps you would like to explore a particular event or time in your life; or perhaps you are feeling uncomfortable within yourself for some as yet unknown reason. Someone in your life might have suggested you try counselling to help you with your feelings, or to help you improve your life.
Maybe life has become more difficult, and you feel like you are struggling to cope.
Seeking out help is the first step, and I know it’s a difficult one. Starting working with a counsellor is daunting, and the work itself can be painful, but you won’t be doing it alone, I'll be right there with you.
Ideally, we’ll meet at the same time every week, and sessions will normally last 50 minutes. In our first session we’ll talk a little bit about what your expectations are, and about the issues that bring you to counselling. In this first session, we’ll agree on our boundaries, including, most importantly, the confidentiality of our work. We might also think about how long we might plan to work together.
Once we have agreed to work together, we’ll work on what you want to bring, and I will do my best to build a trusting relationship between us where you can bring anything and everything – even your most frightening and uncomfortable things. I believe there is something magical and healing about the counselling relationship. It is a place where you are fully heard and fully accepted. Experiencing this gives us a freedom from judgment, expectations and agendas – a freedom to be our best selves.
If you'd like to arrange a first session, or would like to organise a quick chat to find out more, just message me, or go to my website and contact me from there. I'll respond as soon as I can - check your email spam folder for my response.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a person-centred counsellor with Persona and the University of Aberdeen in 2018, and became a BACP Accredited Counsellor in 2021.
I bring to my work as a counsellor a rich life experience. I worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service, including five years in the control room answering 999 calls. This means I have first hand experience of working in a high pressure environment, with people at their most vulnerable. I also have an understanding of some medical and traumatic emergencies, both how they impact us now, and how they impact us over time. I also worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language – teaching mainly adults in Asia and Europe. Living and working in different countries had a profound impact on me, it gave me a broad experience of different cultures, and opened me to how it feels to be and feel different from the norm.
Having said all that, I know that we all experience things differently. Both you and I could be in the same situation, and it could affect us both in completely different ways. In my work as a counsellor, I bring my experiences into the room because they have made me who I am now, but I do not bring any assumptions about how your experiences have affected you.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
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 online session
I am happy to offer reduced sessions at £35 a session to Ambulance Service staff.
When I work
I am currently available to start working with new clients online.