Hello, I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy in central Kirriemuir.
My aim as a therapist is to build a relationship of trust and security with clients. This kind of relationship allows us to explore present troubles, consider the ways the past influences us and find hope for the future. A therapeutic relationship of this kind can enable you to identify ways of making sense of where you find yourself, what’s going on within you, and around in your relationships. Therapy provides us with the supportive relationship we need to make the changes we want to or find the understanding and compassion for ourselves that we need to. It can give us the space to allow processing and healing from past traumas, and get us out of those stuck patterns that we find ourselves in.
After qualifying as a counsellor I worked at an agency counselling survivors or rape and childhood sexual abuse for 6 years where I specialised in trauma work. I have had experience working with an amazing, diverse group of clients presenting with a wide variety of issues. I then decided to further develop my understanding of how our problems develop and are maintained by going on to study Transactional Analysis. I was keen to find out how to achieve growth and healing at a much deeper level allowing the individual to flourish. This led me to undertake a Diploma in Intergrative Psychotherapy that I hope to successfully attain this year.
What happens first?
It can be daunting trying to find the right therapist. Someone who fits and you can connect with is vital so I offer a free initial appointment either in person or by telephone to give us both an opportunity to see whether we can work together.
When you first contact me, I will respond to you by the same means and I aim to do so within 24 hours. We can then arrange a time to meet, or speak to each other at a mutually agreeable convenient and private time. I offer that first 30-40 minute consultation free of charge. This is an opportunity for you to talk about some of the difficulties you are experiencing and ask any questions you may have. I will ask some questions about your expectations and explain a bit about how I work. It also allows us the opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for you. If not, I can refer you on to a colleague more suited to meet your needs.
If we decide to go ahead, we set up a date and time for you to come along for the initial session. There we can find out a bit more about what you hope to achieve and how we might do that. It may involve agreeing to a certain number of sessions initially that can be reviewed as we go on or adhered to if a set number is what you are after. We then agree to meet usually weekly after that.
My practice is in a private office in the centre of Kirriemuir. It is accessible and has various local carparks nearby. It is a comfortable, safe and quiet space within the town. There is no reception or waiting area and for that reason I respectfully request clients not to come early to appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (hopefully qualifying this year!)
BACP Accredited Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling
Foundation Year Transactional Analysis
Various CPD certificates in working with Trauma, Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders
Certificate On Becoming a Clinical Supervisor
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 30-40 minute telephone appointment Free
Sessions are £45 and last 60 mins