Over the past 12+ years, I have worked in roles where I have been able to support and empower people through some of the hardest times in their lives. It always amazes me to see the resilience and strength of people when faced with life's challenges. It is a privilege to join individuals and groups as they become empowered, stronger and more confident to start the next chapter of their lives.
You may know exactly what you want to change, what you want to be different in your life but don't know how to get there or are worried about committing to change.
It could be how you feel about yourself, how you are in a relationship or how you feel others are treating you. You may be suffering from low mood, stress, anxiety, depression, past trauma, low self-esteem or panic.
It's not uncommon to feel like things will always be this way, that things will never be different or better.
The desire to change is the first step in transforming your life. Reaching out for help is a big step and takes courage. However, I have seen amazing results and transformations where adults have worked on issues and challenges like you are facing right now. They have emerged stronger, more resilient and equipped with the tools and confidence to face life's challenges with more helpful coping strategies.
Do you want to experience happiness and joy again? Find new ways to deal with relationships or be more confident in social situations?
Do you want to be able to speak your truth and find the confidence to hold your boundaries? Do you need to be more assertive in relationships or a work situation?
Are you worried about lockdown easing and having to face busy, crowded situations/functions again?
Do you want to be able to deal with conflict in a calmer, more productive way?
Do you feel disconnected from loved ones and want to find new ways to open up and share your emotions?
You may feel alone right now, that your problems are too big or not bad enough to need therapy. You may feel despair that things will always be this way. The first step to change is reaching out, trusting someone with your pain and struggles. Making the decision to ask for help with someone impartial and caring to join you on your journey as you grow stronger and more resilient. **Please see some recent client reviews in the photos section**
I have witnessed amazing transformations from adults working through issues such as:
- Complex Trauma
- Social Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Setting and Holding Boundaries
- Emotional Struggles
- Relationship Issues
- Parenting Difficulties
- Work Challenges and Stress
- Narcissistic/Pathological Love Relationships
- Domestic Abuse
I have a specific interest in helping people feel empowered and worthy. Often people can feel ashamed of their pain and struggles or that they should be able to manage, they should get on with things. No matter the issue you are facing, your pain is valid and I want to help you find a way through, to find peace, confidence and contentment.
I offer a compassionate, empathic, safe space for you to explore your pain and challenges. My role is to help you understand the bigger picture of what contributes to your struggles, to help you untangle and make sense of your thoughts and feelings with no judgement. I will offer interventions while you work towards making the changes you want to make.
How I facilitate therapy
- Integrative individual counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.
- Psychoeducational and counselling group facilitation.
I am a fully qualified Cognitive behavioural Therapist working towards accreditation registered with the BACP and BABCP. I work within their ethical frameworks and am fully insured with Balens to practise. I am a member of the PVG Scotland scheme, registered with the ICO and engage in regular supervision with an accredited therapist. I enrol on CPD courses regularly to ensure I am always able to offer the most recent and effective theories and interventions and add new skills and approaches to what I can offer clients.
What therapy is offered
I offer a safe space for therapy through face to face and online. My therapy room in Lanark complies with current government Covid-19 restrictions.
Walk and Talk therapy is also offered for individual counselling, offering a great alternative to traditional methods. Routes would be pre-planned and weather conditions would be taken into account where we may need to change to the therapy room.
Online therapy also offers a great alternative to traditional methods. This would be facilitated from either the Lanark or my home office, ensuring strict confidentiality at all times. Sessions are available for anyone, anywhere in the UK.
The Lanark Mental Health Hub
A Mental Health Hub has been founded by myself and three other passionate therapists to serve the community of Lanark providing various group services and a range of approaches. More information will be added as this grows. The group room is almost set up with all appropriate facilities. The Hub will provide groups to support people who wish to work on issues relating to domestic/narcissistic abuse, weight loss, parenting, self-confidence, stress and anxiety. In the future, we will provide additional accessible sessions and workshops - arts & crafts, coffee mornings, mindfulness, meditation, breathwork and yoga.
What you can expect from me
Journey Rooms was founded with our therapist's desire to empower clients to become stronger, confident, more resilient and better equipped to deal with past pain and future life challenges.
I offer a gentle but direct approach to help you explore and understand what is troubling you. To reach your desired goal as efficiently as possible without compromising on reaching the full potential of what you can achieve through therapy.
I believe everyone's pain is valid and everyone has the right to feel peace and contentment. I understand therapy is not easy, it takes courage to face your fears or talk about things you may have repressed. I commit to being with you, with compassion, empathy and patience, supporting you through your journey.
You will have a safe, confidential space to work through whatever you need help with. I commit to being with you with no judgement to help you find practical, more helpful coping strategies.
If you are ready to start the next chapter of you, become more confident and feel the strength that is within you contact me for a free chat.
What to expect from therapy
The aim of therapy is to empower you to be confident in your true self and learn helpful, practical coping strategies to facilitate lasting change. The next chapter of you.
I offer an integrative approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, working with you to discover what approach will be most helpful to you at the current time. This can be adapted if needed throughout therapy using evidence based methods and approaches.
We will work collaboratively as a team. I will share psychoeducation and interventions while you are the expert of you. Together we will find ways to achieve your goals.
This will include different ways such as:
- Simply listening
- Board work
- Diaphragmatic breathing technics, progressive muscle relaxation and grounding technics
- Diagrams, handouts and worksheets
- Audio recordings and meditations
- Behavioural experiments
- Goal focused work
- Exposure therapy
- Assertiveness training
- Boundaries work
- Role play
Technics will always be adapted on an individual basis and feedback will be asked for regularly to ensure you are comfortable and finding benefit from the way we are working. Feedback also allows us to keep track of where we are with your goals, address anything that may not be working the best way for you and celebrate your achievements as you make changes along the way.
At the start, we will work to understand what brings you to therapy and how you are currently coping. We will then work together to prioritise what needs addressed, this will help develop a treatment plan you are comfortable with so that we can systematically work towards your goal(s).
My approach will always be adapted to the individual I am working with. Challenges and individual people respond differently to different approaches and I will adapt to working the way you need at the time.
Therapy is not always easy, often people find it particularly challenging in the middle. However, it can be incredibly rewarding and truly can transform your life. Most importantly you will not be alone on this journey.
When you are feeling confident and witnessing change in how you think, feel and behave, and it is clear progress is being made towards your goals, we will then work towards building on your strengths. A plan will then be developed together to help maintain this to assist in handling future challenges.
Staggered endings can be facilitated where the time between sessions is gradually increased. We will work together to plan ways of working this and tools such as 'self therapy' can be implemented.
Training, qualifications & experience
SCOTACS - Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork - a CBT Approach. - 2 year Diploma accredited by COSCA and SQA Approved at Honours Degree level 10.
COSCA - Counselling Skills
The Open University - BSc (Honours) Psychology with Counselling (in progress)
- Investigating psychology 1 (DE100)
- Introducing The Social Sciences (DD102)
My experience and drive to become a therapist
Having worked for the NHS for just over 12 years I have gained valuable insight into the struggles many people face.
I have supported people through many difficult challenges such as the illness or death of a loved one, addiction, mental and physical illness and anxiety at making and attending appointments.
Often I would be the only person someone would talk to in a week/month and my aim was to make every encounter as comfortable as possible for everyone. To ensure they knew someone heard them and cared. I wanted to provide a space for people to feel safe, to validate their feelings and let them know they weren't alone.
Having witnessed the strain the NHS is under, especially in the past two years, I have also seen the immense pressure and stress that is on our NHS staff at all levels.
Through the many years of building connections with people I often heard:
"I shouldn't be complaining"
"People have it worse than me"
"I should just get on with things"
"This is my job I'm supposed to be able to handle this"
"I love them and am so lucky to have them, it's terrible and I'm an awful person to feel sorry for myself" (many carers have said this over the years)
If someone told you they were very happy would you ever dream of telling them they have no right because someone else has it better? - No? so why do we beat ourselves up for feeling our pain and sadness?
I felt frustrated at the time limits I had with people, I wanted to connect with people in a more meaningful capacity. To work with people in a more focused way and learn ways to help people overcome their challenges and find contentment and peace.
I want to help people to feel empowered that they can make change, to validate that your pain is real and I will be here for you from that first step all the way through.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Free initial Telephone session
£40.00 per session
**Concessions are currently offered for NHS staff - £30.00
For each service a free initial telephone/zoom call (approximately 30mins) to assess your needs and ensure we are a good fit to work together.
Payments are required in advance of the first full session to secure a booking
The session fee of £40.00 includes face to face, online and walk and talk therapy
Some interventions such as some trauma exposure work may require longer sessions (90 minutes) the price for this would be £50.00
Reduced Rates - £30.00
Reduced rate are also available currently for any new or existing client facing financial hardship. There can often be a waiting list for these as only a limited number of sessions can be offered per week. This allows me to maintain the service to provide a buffer for existing clients who have a sudden change of circumstances who would otherwise need to terminate therapy. If this applies to you please contact me to enquire if I have any free slots at the moment or to be added to the waiting list, I will always try to accommodate you. Some clients also prefer to work fortnightly until a reduced cost slot becomes available.