Life can be difficult sometimes and the circumstances we go through can lead to struggles such as low mood, anxiety or frequent worries for any of us. If you feel, however, that you get repeatedly drawn into negative thoughts and moods then I can help you become unstuck and make some helpful changes. I am an experienced and compassionate Psychologist with over 16 years working experience in the NHS in various areas working with adults with anxiety difficulties, depression, trauma, loss, health issues and/or addiction problems.
I am a very empathic listener and skilled at motivating people to make changes, so they can get their lifes back on track perhaps after being stuck. I can help you towards beneficial insights in what patterns keep you stuck in your current difficulties, but more importantly in getting you on the path of recovery. I have also worked sucessfully in helping couples, who find it hard to keep their relationship going due to communication , trust or other difficulties they have had in their realtionship.
I tend to use various beneficial and evidence based treatments to help you with your specific difficulties. The main therapy approaches I am trained and experienced in include: Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT); Mindfulness; Compassionate Mind Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); and Couple Counselling. If you want to find out more about potential treatment approaches please go to my website on: www.psychologicaltherapiesdumfries.com or give me a call for a free initial telephone consultation. All approaches work slightly differently but are part of Sign and NICE guidelines recommended treatments for depression, anxiety issues, trauma and health related mood issues many other problems. Please see my websites for client feedback and more information.
Clients often feedback that after only a few sessions they are making good progress, feel listened to and are really benefitting from the techniques learned in sesssions. you can find recent feedback from clients on my website.
If you want to find out more how I can help you with your specific difficulties to life a more fulfilled life, please get in touch either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01848200350).
Please note that on Mondays and Tuesday I am at my NHS post thus may take a bit longer to respond.
If you are reading this you are probably already on your journey of wanting to make changes. It can be hard initially but always possible to change gradually so never give up hope, when your mood is dragging you down. When you are low or anxious your way of looking at things will be naturally focussed on more negative experiences or thoughts, this is the way our brains work and not your fault. Its something you will have in common with all people.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 16 years experience of working as a qualified chartered clinical Psychologist in the NHS with clients who have a variety of psychological issues including: depression, anxiety, trauma, excessive worries, OCD, low self-esteem or social anxiety, grief issues, addictions and mood issues, relationship problems. Prior to that I worked as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist mainly with adults and teenagers with emotional difficulties, also providing therapy.
I am a trained Mindfulness teacher and regulary practice mindfulness. I am also a trained ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy )practitioner ( a specific cognitive behvaioural treatment which can often get good results with relatively short input).
In the last few years I have specialised in working with people with complex longstanding health issues and mood problems. Privately I work with clients with more general mood issues on their recovery with often very diverse and sometime complex issues. I also have ample experience working with trauma sufferers and the aftereffects of that, such as severe anxiety , reoccurring nightmares and related changes on how you may view others or the world.
The training and qualifications needed to work as a clinical Psychologist is much more extensive than starting as a Counsellor. I have 5 years training to a Diploma level of Psychology and than after some work experience, finished my 3 year Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow in 2004. The training and follow on training courses in specific treatment techniques have given me a good grounding in various psychological problems and various evidence based treatments which are often recommended within the Scottish sign guidelines including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (which helps you to stay more in the here and now and refocus your mind), Compassionate Mind Therapy ( which helps you learning to be kinder and less harsh to yourself and is often recommended after very complex difficulties relating back to complex childhood difficulties). All the above therapies are often recommended as having good outcomes in well researched guidelines for depression, anxiety issues including OCD or Trauma, relationship difficulties and health problems leading to mood issues.
I am currently building up further expertise continueing my training in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach which work on disentangeling yourself from negative thoughts and focussing more on what is really important in your life. I continue to update my training regularly in order to keep up to speed with new develoments in training and also have supervision regularily.
I am registered with the Health professionals Council (HCPC nr: PYL2287) and also follow the guidelines and regulations of the BPS (Britsh Psychological Society).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic health issues leading to mood problems e.g. Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes
I charge fees on a sliding scale depending on your situation/ type of input required ( e.g. individual / couple work session length). Note that fees include all my outlays for room renting, insurance and registration fees, supervision fees. Psychologists tend to charge slightly higher prices then counsellors due to longer experience in years of training / costs involved in keeping registration.
I do provide sessions mainly from North West Resource Centre in Dumfries , for a more private setting I recommend Patterson room space in Moniaive.
Please note that if you do not cancel a session and don't' attend ( without cancelling) I reserve the right to charge the full session fee. If your give less than 24hours working day notice a charge of £10 for late cancellations applies. This is mainly to recover my costs.
Mondays / Wednesdays in Dumfries.Thursdays in my Moniaive clinic. Get in touch and let me know what suits.
If interested or you want to find out more please call me for free on 079025848966 or email with your specific questions. I am easier to reach on that number Wednesdays afternoons to Friday.
If I am not available or out please leave your name and number and I will phone you back as soon as possible. You can also send me and email and I will send a reply as soon as possible.
I also have a website with more information, selfhelp-material and some testimonials from previous clients:
All the best on your search for the best way forward and never give up hope. I have also added recently some basic self-help material and information and mood issues to my website, So have a look if you like.