Sometimes life can feel overwhelming, particularly when you may be facing more than one thing to deal with and manage. It can often be the cumulative effect of this that can challenge your usual ways of coping. I hope that my genuine enthusiasm and interest in people and curiosity of what makes everyone unique will help you find the best way forward for you through our counselling work. I aim to offer you this support for however short or long you find this helpful but always have what is ethically and clinically most suitable for you at the forefront of our work.
I hope by offering a safe, supportive space to allow you to feel heard, accepted and understood, will allow you to explore your current struggles to find your own unique way forward to live a more fulfilled and meaningful life.
I offer sessions FOR ALL CLIENTS either by telephone or online though secure video conferencing platforms and OFFER FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS FOR ALL INDIVIDUALS, WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED.
Any Face-to-Face sessions are in line with COVID safety Health and Safety Guidelines. I hope having these measures in place will support you to feel comfortable attending face to face counselling sessions with me, and confirm I am fully vaccinated in line with government recommendations and undertake regular lateral flow tests.
If you feel what I offer does not meet your needs, I hope that you might be able to access the support of an alternative counsellors on Counselling Directory.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced Person-Centred counsellor, qualifying 2003 and work in private practice in Paisley, as a Counsellor and Supervisor (for other counsellors). I am Accredited (since 2008) and Registered (since 2003) with the BACP (Reg no 017996) .
I have experience in both short and longer-term counselling over the past 20 years supporting people with a wide range of issues. From my previous 11 years work with an Employee Assistance Provider, as a counsellor and manager to the many years working for voluntary agencies, it has equipped me to work safely and ethically with clients and adapt to each person’s unique needs. I also have a back ground in general and psychiatric nursing which gives an additional insight that can be very helpful in my work with clients, whatever they bring to counselling.
I have many years’ experience working with:
- mental health issues
- work related issues
- relationship issues
- childhood issues
- supporting people affected by trauma
I have a keen interest and understanding of carer issues; long term illness; the impact of a cancer diagnosis on individuals, family & friends; terminal illness; disability and bereavement.
I am registered with Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) and registered for Data Protection purposes with the Information Commissioners Office.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- End of life/ terminal illness.
- Onsite Critical Incident support for organisations and EAP's
- Supervision for counsellors
£45.00 per session
from £45 per hour
When I work
I understand it can feel like a big step to reach out for help to someone you don’t know, particularly if you are feeling vulnerable and unsure but I hope my warm and friendly way of working will allow us to help you find your way forward. I can be contacted by phone for an initial chat or by email to see if what I offer is what you are looking for.