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PG Diploma, MSC, MBACP

About me

I am a MBACP registered counsellor based in Glasgow, United Kingdom and originally come from Finland. I am proficient in English and Finnish, English being my mother tongue.

My main therapeutic technique combines acceptance commitment therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness to treat a variety of addiction and mental health related difficulties. In my career so far, I have gained valuable experience in supporting clients with addictions such as drugs, alcohol and sex, as well as helping clients with anxiety, depression and management of emotions.

I find counselling to be a collaborative approach to resolving an issue. From my experience, the best approach is to work together to discover what is contributing to the difficulties clients are seeking help for. One of the most important aspects in being able to create change in ourselves, is the ability to acknowledge what needs to be changed. Once the issues and their contributors are identified, the process of reshaping thoughts and behaviours for the better can begin.

Feel free to get in touch, so that we can work together on resolving any problems you may have. I can offer an initial half hour meeting at no cost which will give you a chance to decide whether I'm the right person for you at this time.

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2014 I pursued my interests in studying mental health by completing an Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of York. The following year I acquired a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at King's College London to reinforce my existing knowledge of mental health by investigating its biological processes. I then successfully received a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Psychology and Counselling at London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2021.

I have worked as counsellor for several years in various places across the UK such as addiction recovery services, the NHS and BetterHelp.  At the moment, my main focus is on counselling clients privately.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual counselling £40 per hour.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I am currently working online and over the phone, with a view of having in-person sessions later this year.  

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G20

Type of session


Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

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