Children, YPs, adults of all ages make up my client list.
I was a teacher for 32 years. Most of my career was spent working with vulnerable children and young people in a variety of settings- nurseries,primary and secondary schools, special schools, special units and Offsite Education including a Psychiatric Unit for Young People, a Secure Unit and a Young Mums Unit.
I taught Drama and learning through Drama as well as Support for Learning.
These experiences taught me compassion, flexibility , adaptability, to be non judgemental, how to listen empathically and how to be supportive.
I work with children, young people and adullts and make daytime home visits in Dundee, Angus , north Fife and south Aberdeenshire as well as Skype/ FaceTime for those who have difficulty leaving their home.
I work with children and young people in their home as well as the parent / carer.
Lengths of sessions wiith children / young people will be through negotiation with parent/carer.
Sessions can be divided between a ratio that suit both the parent/carer and child /young person as all needs will be supported.
While email contact will never be a substitute for a Counselling session it can be a brief support.
An initial assessment where you decide if you want me to be the person to walk along side you on your journey will occur before any Counselling commences,
Sessions last for one hour and can be extended if required.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having taken early retirement from teaching, I returned to University and spent three years training as a pluralistic counsellor.
I was awarded a Certificate in Counselling and a Post Graduate Diploma. I am currently undertaking an MSc and am researching the end of working life experiences of the 55+.
I have a private practice with the aim of using my past experience and theoretical skills to work with children and young people as well as adults.
I have experience of short and long term counselling and work as a volunteer counsellor in research at the TCC at Abertay University.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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I am aware in the current economic climate accessing Counselling may be financially difficult. As a result we can negotiate a fee. I would rather someone access Counselling than not do so.
Otherwise my face- to - face fees are :-
A one hour initial assessment - £25 for adults and £15 for children/young people (under 24)
£4O per hour for adults.
£60 for couples
£30 for children and young people.
Home visits are an additional £5 in The Tayside area. £10 for North Fife and South Aberdeenshire.
Skype/FaceTime £35 for adults and £25 for Young People under 18 years of age, per hour
Telephone / mobile £30 for adults.
Payment is by cash at the end of each session, cheque or directly to my bank account, details of which will be given after the initial meeting.
The concept of pluralistic counselling makes sense to me. "Different things work for different people at different points of time".
As such I am able to move from one theoretical model to another when working with you,depending on your needs and wishes. This can occur within sessions and /or from session to session. I can do so flexibly and creatively. Research shows this leads to improved outcomes, (Jacobson and colleagues, 1989: Chu and Kendall, 2009)
I believe in Continuous Professional Development.
Recently I have taken courses in:-
- Trauma Treatment and Research. UK Psychological Trauma Society
- Counselling in Diabetes. Abertay University, Dundee.
- Pluralistic Counselling for Sight Loss. Abertay University, Dundee.
- Parts 1,2 and 3 . Scotland's Mental Health First Aid : Young People . NHS Scotland
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. The Corner, Dundee.
- Bereavment and Loss. Abertay University, Dundee
- Mindfulness. Abertay University, Dundee
- Self Help Therapies. D&A Colllege
- Reiki 1&2
- I am currently undertaking a Research MSc with regard to the end of working experience of the 50+
I am a member of
- BACP with additional membership of the BACP children and Young People Division.
- UK Psychological Trauma Society and The European Society for Stress Studies
- A member of the PVG scheme
- Subscribe to the Child Mind Institute
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 10 am until 4:30pm After school hours for children and Young People.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|