I work with couples and individuals who are worried about their relationships. Maybe you have a feeling of growing apart and losing the ability to communicate, maybe there are arguments or there’s been an affair, maybe not. Everyone’s experience is different.
By helping you to find new ways to be heard, you can both discover what you need emotionally and you can change the pain and disconnection of isolation. I can help you to do this and then to work together towards a solution that’s right for you.
Alongside traditional counselling approaches, my way of working includes offering imagery, metaphor, analogy and so on to help you find a new way of looking at issues and perhaps to find new and positive solutions to your problems.
Ultimately, by finding emotional connection and mutual understanding it can be possible to re-set the pattern of your relationship and restore closeness and that sense of belonging.
I offer flexible appointment times including evenings. As well as confidential online therapy for couples and individuals of 18+ years, I can offer "walking and talking" daytime therapy at a safe social distance in suitably confidential spaces. Please phone for more information about this or check out my website.
You may feel unsure whether counselling can help you and about what it would involve. To help you to explore your options, I offer a free 15 minute telephone conversation.
This is a no-obligation session that lets me find out more about what your difficulties are and what you would like to get from counselling, and you find out whether you would feel comfortable working with me. Please phone 07375 293 075 or contact me through my website if you'd like to discuss.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a couples and individual counsellor in Scotland and moved to Surrey in 2018 since when I have practised within Relate as well as within my private practice. I am a registered member of BACP. I have a post grad Diploma in the specific skills needed to provide safe online therapy, including via email, IM, telephone and webcam and I am a member of ACTO, the Association for Counselling and Therapy online. I work with couples and individuals over the age of 18, generally using psychodynamic, systemic and other approaches in an integrative way.
I have additional training in other disciplines including CBT and Emotionally Focused Therapy which I may draw upon as required.
My previous career in the law in Edinburgh included mentoring and coaching as well as involvement with LawCare, a charity devoted to good mental health within the legal profession.
- Diploma in Relationship Counselling; Relationships Scotland
- Diploma in Online Counselling; OCST
- Degree in Law and Diploma in Legal Practice; University of Dundee
- Diploma in Business Management; University of the West of Scotland
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.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
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
I have training and experience in working with asynchronous as well as synchronous therapy. This means that I can offer therapy by asynchronous means such as email where our respective messages are written some time apart, by arrangement. This may work well for you if you live in a significantly different time zone from GMT.
I have experience of working with visually and hearing impaired clients and find that for those with difficulty hearing, the written format of email may again be a helpful medium for therapy as well as Instant Messaging, (which occurs in real time).
Telephone therapy can be a helpful option for people with visual impairment, and can be organised to include couple therapy as well as individual.
- Individual counselling 50 minutes: (Face to Face or online) £50
- Couple counselling 50 minutes: (Face to Face or online) £60
Concessions offered for
Introductory consultation: I offer a free 15 minute initial individual or couple conversation.
This no-obligation initial telephone call allows us to explore the kind of help you are seeking and the kind of help I am able to offer.
I currently offer a 20% reduction for NHS staff against the cost of ongoing individual or couple counselling.
If after the initial conversation we decide to continue, we then agree a way forward. Ongoing counselling sessions are 50 minutes from the agreed start time and are usually most effective if held weekly at the same time. I suggest a review of goals and progress after every six weeks.