I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist. I am currently offering sessions online, and I normally work in Newington, Edinburgh.
There are many different reasons that people seek out counselling: perhaps you have been feeling low or anxious; perhaps you would like the opportunity to explore a particular event or time in your life; perhaps you are feeling uncomfortable within yourself for some as yet unknown reason. 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, your counsellor will 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 think counselling works two ways: firstly when we talk about the thoughts and feelings that have been troubling us, hearing them out loud can make them clearer, and can give us new insights and understandings.
Secondly, 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a person-centred counsellor with Persona and the University of Aberdeen.
I bring to my work as a counsellor a rich life experience. Before training as a counsellor, I 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.
I have also worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service for a number of years, including five years in the control room answering 999 calls. I sometimes thought that I had heard everything – normally just before I took a call describing another unbelievable situation! In this role, I certainly heard people at their most vulnerable. It also means I have first hand experience of working in a high pressure environment. I also have an understanding of some medical and traumatic emergencies, both how they impact us now, and how they impact us over time
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 for each 50 minute session. You can pay in cash, cheque or by bank transfer.