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.
COVID-19 UPDATE and Face to Face Counselling
We are all facing challenges, due the current corona virus outbreak and keeping ourselves and others safe and well important. In line with UK government advice for social distancing and minimising face to face contact with others I am unable to offer Face to Face counselling sessions until this changes. However, I am happy to offer sessions either by telephone or online though secure video conferencing platforms. I have 11 years experiencing working as a telephone counsellor and have experience and hold a certificate in Online Counselling that gives me an understanding of the particular aspects of this way of working with clients and I am happy to support you at this time when seeing a counsellor face to face may not be possible.
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 have been Accredited and Registered with the BACP (Reg no 017996) for over 8 years.
I have experience in both short and longer-term counselling over the past 17 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 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
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
£40 per hour
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.