Children, Young People, students and 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.
Qualities required of a Counsellor.
I work with children, young people, students and adults and make home visits in Dundee, Angus , north Fife and south Aberdeenshire as well as Skype/ FaceTime for those who have difficulty leaving their home.
For children and young people an hourly session can be divided between a ratio that suit both the parent/carer and child /young person as all needs will be supported. Experience has taught me a child or young person in need has a worried parent.
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 in Counselling.
During and after my training I worked as a volunteer in research at TCC, Abertay University.
I have run a private practice for some years and am experienced in short and long term Counselling with children, young people, students and adults.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My face- to - face fees are :
£40 per hour for adults.
£60 for couples.
£30 for children, young people and students.
Home visits are an additional £5 in The Tayside area. £10 for North Fife and South Aberdeenshire.
Skype/FaceTime £30 for adults and £25 for Young People and students, per hour
Telephone / mobile £30 for adults.
I am aware in the current economic climate accessing Counselling may be financially difficult. Should this be the case we can negotiate a fee. I would rather someone accessed Counselling than not do so due to financial constraints.
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.
When I work
Monday to Friday 10 am until 4:30pm.
After school hours in the home for children and Young People. After working hours in the home adults.
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 and 2
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