Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by life and experience difficulties that feel insurmountable. Often we don't know where to turn. This is when counselling may help. Counselling offers a place where you can speak in confidence; where you're listened to and not judged; where you can work through your difficulties.
As a qualified person-centred counsellor I have experience of working with a range of issues including traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, alcohol or drug related issues and bereavement.
I have gained valuable experience counselling with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland, Aberdeen Foyer and Aberdeen University Counselling Service. I was also a volunteer counsellor at ChildLine Aberdeen for 5 years which allowed me to gain experience and understanding of working with young people from the ages of 12-18 in particular. All of this has allowed me to gain a varied and extensive experience of the many different issues which affect people.
I very much believe counselling is about providing a space to explore your concerns with someone who is not directly involved. I feel it can help to provide a new perspective on difficulties, while also giving you an opportunity to explore different options and begin to look towards the future. Person-centred counselling isn't about telling you what to do, it is about listening to you and through gentle questioning getting you to focus on what's important to you allowing you to see things differently. It's about helping you identify your options and for you to choose what feels right for you. So, maybe the thing to take from this is not to come to counselling with an expectation that you will be provided with the answers, this is your process and it is a unique experience for everyone. You are very much in control of the pace and content of what is discussed and I work to develop a space where you feel accepted, heard and understood. I often get ask how many sessions will I need, but again the number of sessions required individual to everyone. It may take a couple of session or it may take a few more to find it brings about the changes you're looking for, but this is something we can review this throughout our time together.
Training, qualifications & experience
PgDip in Person Centred Counselling Aberdeen University
Specialist Module on Bereavement and Loss Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
BA (Hons) Social Science (Psychology) Glasgow Caledonian University
I am also a member of both COSCA and BACP and work within their ethicalframework providing the highest level of confidentiality: whatever is shared with me will not be shared with anyone else unless I believe there is a risk of harm to my client or to others.I also receive regular support and guidance to ensure I consistently provide a high quality service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The cost per 1 hour session is £40.
I am happy to provide concessions where required.
I am also able to provide home visits where appropriate so please call to discuss this further.
Skype sessions are also possible, so please call to discuss this further.
I have rooms within Aberdeen, Westhill and Banchory. Please refer to my website.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Westhill availability: Monday during the day, Monday evening, with other evenings and weekend appointments available. Aberdeen availability: Tuesday evening.
Types of client