"You are not broken, you don't need fixed, You are hurt you need someone to care."
I am an integrative counsellor with over 19 years experience in psychology, counselling and mental health. I provide expert and completely confidential help, in a safe and empathic environment. Here, you can work on whatever issues may be troubling you – from anxiety and depression, to relationship problems, trauma, low self-esteem, and more. I offer highly-focused brief counselling or long-term psychotherapy, as required. I am able to provide sessions to adults and young people. I am a trained relationship counsellor providing counselling to families, couples and individuals.
PROFFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE MCOSCA
What makes me different from the crowd? An essential aspect of every good counsellor is having the training and knowledge of working with specific types of problems but by itself, this is not enough. Your specific life challenges have shaped and affected you differently from everyone else. You are a completely unique, intricate individual made like no one else and it is on this which we will build our therapeutic relationship to achieve your chosen goals – a relationship in which I will help you feel safe, accepted, valued, heard and unjudged. This is at the core of my practice.
I am aware that going in to counselling can feel momentous and many people feel nervous, worried and shy. My role is to help you through difficult times and to allay your fears and concerns and also to help you make changes tiny and large so you can create the life you wish to lead.
I work with both children, adults and couples. I offer an all-round therapeutic approach and my areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, gender identity, panic attacks, mild psychotic incidents, suicide ideation, couples, adolescents, anger issues and support for couples at every level of their relationship including better endings.
I have also helped families who are struggling with a range of issues, especially often when their children reach the teenage years. Sometimes adolescents prefer counselling by themselves, sometimes with their families to work through what systems are in place that might need looking at.
I am happy to work in person and potentially on Skype and Facetime. I work from my home Dumfries and Galloway, I am also happy to have an initial session in person or by phone to work out what a person potentially needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
COSCA Dip COUNSELLING
Working in supporting people all of my life, from elderly too children and couples. Vast experience of working with LGBT people and people from different ethnicities.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Refugees, forced marriage, hate crime, stalking