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Psychotherapist & Counsellor (MA), UKCP & MBACP

About me

I have personally always found searching for a therapist a daunting task and so it is great you are in the mode of searching. I offer initial sessions for £30 and welcome you to get in touch. Initial sessions can give a good sense of whether we’d be the right fit for each other.

I am a qualified, integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I trained in London and live in Edinburgh.

Our lives are shaped by so many different things, often more complex than we realise. We might arrive in therapy sure of the thing that troubles us, only to discover other threads that interact with it and get in the way. I work in a relational, empathically attuned way within a safe, ethically-attentive space. My work is trauma-informed, shaped especially by my work in the Grenfell community and my PhD research on suicide bereavement.

I wonder why you are searching for a therapist today? This collective trauma that we’ve been living through, this pandemic, may have created new difficulties for you or intensified old ones. Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, depression or family issues? Or you’re feeling sad, lonely or bereaved? There is much loss around and within us. Some of us have lost connection with ourselves alongside connection with others. Whatever it is you’re bringing, I enjoy standing alongside each person I work with to explore the layers that have shaped their current struggle. I would love to support you too. Please email me if you’d like to explore this further.

Finally, a note to those of you training to become counsellors and psychotherapists. What a journey you are on! I work with trainees in different capacities – in my role as Practice Manager for an Edinburgh counselling service, I support students on placement with us; and as a tutor on psychotherapy courses at the Minster Centre (London) and the University of Edinburgh. I enjoy accompanying students as they learn and grow. If this is you and you’re looking for a therapist to support you whilst you train, please get in touch.

I work with individuals (not couples) long-term and short-term. Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually weekly, although twice weekly is also possible.

Where I practise
Edinburgh, EH8: Wednesday to Friday, daytime and evenings. Located, just beyond Meadowbank.  The area is well-connected by buses and free off-road parking is available. I also offer online and phone sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

PhD in Counselling Studies, ongoing
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, 2015
• Diploma in Integrative Counselling, 2013
MA in Marketing, 2005

Since qualifying in 2013, alongside my private practice, I’ve always enjoyed doing other work that informs my work with private clients. I’ve worked in an NHS staff counselling service. I’ve managed a team of five at Mind, the mental health charity. I’ve worked for a bereavement service. I spent two years working in the Grenfell community, setting up and developing a counselling service for highly traumatised individuals within a traumatised community. And I now manage a counselling service and teach postgraduates in London and Edinburgh.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Suicide bereavement

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£65.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

If you like what you’ve read here, please do get in touch to arrange an initial session.
First sessions cost £30.
After this, individual sessions cost £65.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Wednesday to Friday

Further information

In special circumstances, I am happy to offer concessionary rates. Please ask.

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults