I offer a non-judgemental safe environment where you can explore life’s challenges. I specialise in anxiety and panic disorder, and can help you find coping strategies and techniques to overcome these difficult emotions. However, I also work with other presenting issues such as relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, self sabotage, stress etc (see below).
My underpinning philosophy in counselling is humanistic, and apply a person-centred and existential approach. This essentially means I work in the here and now factoring in every-day difficulties and the responsibility that accompanies life choices. This emotion focused therapy will help you explore your feelings, beliefs, behaviours and worldview with a goal of becoming more independent and self-aware.
You are the expert in your own life, however through sharing and connecting in a warm confidential environment I can help you identify your strengths, and internal resources which you can draw upon to assist your personal growth. Sometimes a fresh perspective can expose the change you want/need in your life. This will allow you to live your life to the full, and improve your overall wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my Bachelor Degree in Counselling in Sydney, Australia a multicultural city which exposed me to cultural diversity and challenges facing minority groups. I also have experience working within school environments, and currently have my own private practice in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire.
Separately, I also work for an organisation who specialise in childhood sexual abuse. Therefore, I have a deeper understanding of complex trauma and the impact on relationships and mental health. I also co-facilitate the women’s support group on a weekly basis.
I am certified in Mental Health First Aid and continue my professional development by attending seminars and workshops. I am also a registered member with COSCA (Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy).
Additional training/CPD (Continued Professional Development)
July 2020 - Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) - West Midlands Police
July 2020 - Existential Perspectives (CPD) - Counselling Tutor
Feb 2020 - Children, young people and families (CPD) - BACP
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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
I offer online and face to face counselling. I understand attending counselling can be intimidating and scary so I am happy to answer any questions you may have around the process. Thank you for reading my profile, and hope to hear from you soon.