I have significant experience and interest in working with people who are finding it difficult to cope with life for a variety of reasons. We often do not talk enough about what is troubling us until our problems threaten to overwhelm us. I believe in the healing power of talking therapies and would recommend this approach to anyone who is experiencing stressful life events. I offer an empathetic, non judgemental approach and will guide and assist you to achieve a positive resolution to difficulties.
I am a trained and experienced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which seeks to explore the links between negative thoughts and how this affects our behaviour. This type of therapy looks at your current problems, identifies core beliefs and offers practical ways to improve your state of mind.
How Counselling Can Help You
CBT has been proven to be effective in treating a variety of conditions such as anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, sleep problems, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, amongst others.
What to Expect in your First Session
During your initial session I will explore with you what brought you to therapy and what your goals are i.e. to be less anxious, to manage social situations, to decrease stress levels, improve confidence. This sets a focus for the following sessions and also ensures that we work together to achieve your goals, whatever they are.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Member of BABCP - British Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
- Member of COSCA - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland
I also keep up to date with relevant research and training and receive regular supervision with regard to my practice.
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
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
£35.00 per session
Initial Consultation - £25 - which will assist you in deciding if therapy will be useful to you
Thereafter - £35 per hourly session
Flexible - I can discuss when is most convenient for you and come to a suitable arrangement.
We often take care of our physical health and ignore our emotional health without recognising that the two are closely linked. Ongoing research has shown very positive outcomes from this type of treatment and many GP's will refer patients as part of their overall treatment plan. Providing a safe, non judgemental space to talk about problems is something that I think is essential to overall health and wellbeing.
North American culture has embraced therapy as an approach of choice when personal difficulties arise and I am looking forward to seeing this develop here.