Life can be a struggle sometimes for many people, and for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes we can overcome the problems that beset us with the help of family and friends whilst at other times we may need that bit of extra help. For others, perhaps, family and friends may be in short supply or they are not the right people to talk to about our deepest thoughts as we may fear their judgements or worry about how our worries will impact on them.
This is when counselling can really help. I can offer you a safe, confidential space and a non-judgemental way of being in which you can explore whatever is making your life difficult. There is something potentially very healing and liberating in finding a steady and consistent therapeutic space where you can be fully met and understood by another who has no investment in any other area of your life. My task is to walk alongside you in your pain, confusion, and distress with whatever you choose to share in the counselling space.
Counselling can help you overcome many difficult life problems - from coping with traumatic experiences and events, to dealing with depression and anxiety or managing harmful emotions and behaviours which are impacting negatively on your life and relationships.
I favour the Humanistic field of Counselling, in particular Person-Centred and Existentialism, however my work is also informed by the Psychodynamic school of counselling, more specifically Attachment Theory which helps us understand how patterns of relating which are shaped and formed in childhood can be repeated in our adult relationships. I’m also a great believer in Psycho Education and its great usefulness in helping people understand how trauma affects the brain and how they can use this knowledge to create new neural pathways and new ways of being that fit with healthy relating and being, in the world.
My aim in therapy is to create the conditions that will establish and sustain a healthy respectful healing relationship that will be at the heart of the work that we do together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their Ethical Framework. This means that you can both expect and, be guaranteed of the highest standards in our work together.
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Qualified CRM practitioner
- 2 years training in The Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma
- COSCA trained Clinical Supervisor
- 10 Years experience of working in local charities.
Post-qualification,I have undertaken extensive Continued Professional Development in the field of trauma and this has become my special interest, in particular Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms. I have worked with many clients, supporting and helping them to both overcome and learn to manage distressing states of being which had made their lives feel quite intolerable. Safety and Stabilisation are key components in my work and they will provide the scaffolding for our work together.
I am also trained in the Comprehensive Resource Model which is a trauma informed model that seeks to resource clients anxious and fearful states at a deep level.
My Continued Professional Development post-qualification has included topics such as suicide and self-harm, anxiety management, complex trauma, dissociation and young people, childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, domestic abuse, grief, loss and isolation to name some.
I am also a Cosca trained Supervisor and supervise other counsellors working in the voluntary sector as well as being a Workplace Supervisor in a residential care setting. I draw on Person-Centred concepts to inform my Supervision work which means supervision that is tailored to my supervisees’ needs.
I have helped develop and deliver Trauma Training Workshops to workers in other voluntary and statutory organisations as well as delivering Trainings on Rape and Sexual Assault and Childhood Sexual Abuse to partner organisations and schools and University.
I have worked in the voluntary sector for the past 10 years, supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. I have worked with both male and female adults, older adults and for the last three years I have worked predominantly with young people from age 12-25 in school and community settings.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer short or long term sessions, based on individual need. I am fully insured in my work and undertake my own regular clinical supervision.
If you would like to talk with me or have any questions for me about my practice, you can contact me by text, telephone or email and I will be happy to accommodate you.
If I’m currently working my phone will be switched off but please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I offer a free short initial phone consultation to help you to establish whether counselling is for you and whether you feel that I am the right person for you to work with. If you do decide that you would like to work with me, my fees thereafter, are £45 per 1 hour session/Fife and £60/Edinburgh. My fees for Clinical Supervision are £45 per 1 hour session.
I offer both day-time and evening appointments.
I currently have availability on :
Tuesdays 14:00 - 20:00
Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
Fridays 09:00 - 17:00