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About me

Sometimes we simply need to rest and reflect when things become too much. No matter the reason which brings you to seek support, counselling can offer you a safe space to explore your thoughts and feelings when life is tough.  I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, anger, depression, loneliness, low self worth, stress, illness, relationship and family issues, self harm, suicidal thoughts, trauma (including CPTSD), bereavement and loss plus many others.

What to expect from working together  

Throughout our sessions, you will have control over the pace and direction of them, as I believe that you are the expert in your own life. I will hold a calm, supportive environment in which you can feel safe and not judged : 

“ It was a comfortable and safe environment for our sessions and I was able to be open without feeling pressurised.”

“Although we were on the phone I felt I could trust her, her voice is very soothing which made me feel safe.”

How counselling can help 

Our therapeutic relationship will help you to understand more clearly how to deal with the difficulties you are experiencing.

“During our work together my self-awareness increased, which in turn allowed me to put in place  and maintain personal boundaries.  This has given me space to grow and increase my self-worth.”

“Through counselling, it has felt like I have been connected back to into living not just surviving. Talking has allowed me the space to find myself again.”

How can I support you 

I work with individual clients aged 16+ on a 1:1 basis and currently, I offer counselling by telephone, online and walk-and-talk therapy.  I understand that the first step is often the hardest and want to make that as easy as possible for you through first initial telephone session and fast enqiry responses by phone, text or email. It is never a waste of time to connect whether we work together or not.


 
In addition to my private practice I work as a counsellor for a mental health association.

I am an individual BACP registered therapist and ascribe to BACP's ethical framework.  In line with this commitment to ethical practice I undertake regular supervision with a highly experienced clinical supervisor. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Distinction : University of Highlands and Islands ; accredited by COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy Scotland)
  • Coronavirus Primer course : online and telephone counselling
  • ASIST Training ; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
  • CBCS Helpline Training in Bereavement and Loss (Cruse Bereavement)
  • Individual Member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
  • Member of PCA (Person-centred Association)
  • Registered under the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) and fully insured 
  • Continued Professional Development – committed to regular attend training, workshops and events to support me offering the best possible therapeutic experience to clients

Experience

I have experience with working for both a mental health association and a well-being charity who specialise in trauma work. 

Prior to working as a counsellor, I volunteered on the Cruse Scotland Bereavement helpline and have considerable experience of offering peer support within the bereavement field.  

Member organisations

BACP

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.

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Each session is  50 minutes.

Fees for counselling are payable by bank transfer prior to each session.

I check my work email and phone daily during the week and aim to response to any enquires within 1-2 working days.

I offer a free initial telephone consultation which lasts around 20-30 minutes. This gives the opportunity to ask any questions and to get a feel if I would be the right fit as a counsellor.

When I work

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Please still contact myself if there is a clash in availability but you feel we would be a good fit to work together and we can investiagte options together.

Further information

Walk and talk counselling FAQs

I enjoy being outdoors and I am curious to know what connection you have with nature, fresh air and how you would like to work outside. Walk and talk therapy can offer many therapeutic benefits in addition to our personal connection, all of which I am happy to discuss in our initial call

Outdoor walk and talk counselling sessions would typically take place in Kings Park, Linn Park or Cathkin Braes Country Park, although other locations can be discussed and looked into.

I would be happy to work in all weathers if this is your preference with online and phone sessions always being available to adapt to your needs.

Like my online and phone counselling practice, sessions are 50 minutes in length, but there's flexibility in this and I am open to working together for longer sessions.

Carmunnock, Glasgow, G76

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Kings Park is an accessible location for walk and talk therapy

Online platforms

Zoom
Whatsapp