The positive decision to talk to a counsellor regarding difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences, can be daunting. I love being part of a person's process and journey, listening in a non-judgemental and transparent way, which can help the process of developing insight and self awareness. Counselling may alert you to harmful or unproductive behaviours, that are getting in the way of you living the life you want. For me, the essence of therapy is where a person no longer needs to pretend that everything is ok, and with the trusting relationship we have formed, the real self can emerge, encouraging self-acceptance.
Although I have extensive counselling experience, practising since 2004, I strongly feel I am not the expert of you, and will not tell you what to do, or judge you for the decisions you make. I trust that you will get to the place of change and growth in your life, at your own pace.
I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor. I work mainly in a person-centred way, but integrate other approaches when appropriate and is helpful. This means my approach focuses on you as an individual, and tailors the counselling to suit your needs.
It may be that you are in the midst of a crisis, feeling disconnected or unsure of what's going on for you, or are seeking support for a specific issue. Whatever the reason, I will provide you with a warm, empathic safe space, where you can feel truly heard, to connect with your own story, supporting you to process and understand what things mean to you. Counselling can help you reflect on many issues including relationships, confidence and self esteem, trauma and abuse, anxiety, depression and loss, which I am experienced in supporting people with.
I offer a free, confidential, no obligation 20 minute telephone consultation, where we can discuss how I work as a counsellor. This can give you an opportunity to ask questions and to ensure you feel comfortable with myself. Should you make the decision to attend an appointment, I offer face to face, video calling and telephone counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling - University of Strathclyde
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Strathclyde
BA (hons) Psychology, University of Strathclyde
I have provided counselling in various settings such as primary and secondary schools, sexual health clinics, addiction services, mental health, GP Practices and the Voluntary and Public Sector with adults and young people.
I have experience of working with a broad range of issues, that are presented in counselling by individuals as well as couples. I have particular experience of working with trauma and all forms of abuse including domestic and sexual abuse, pregnancy loss, and working with young people.
I am committed to maintaining a high standard of care and attend regular training courses and conferences for my CPD. This has included:
- Working with children and young people
- Play therapy
- Children and young people's experiences of trauma and abuse
- Child and Adult Protection
- Mental Health First Aid
- Domestic Abuse Awareness Qualification - Glasgow Caledonian University
- Sexual Health and Genitourinary Medicine
- SQA - Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate Training
- Infant Loss Foundation Training
- Online Therapy
- Addictions support and counselling Training Via Alcohol Focus Scotland
- Sexual abuse
- Therapeutic Group work training - CEDAR
- ASIST suicide awareness prevention training
- Self compassion, inner critic, procrastination, imposter syndrome
- Assertiveness and conflict resolution
I have extensive experience working with children 5+ however I only work with 13+ in private practice.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with young people.
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