Welcome to my page, where I’ll try to help you decide how counselling with me could benefit you. If your search has brought you here, you have recognised that something in your life isn’t right and it may help to talk to someone, but it can seem difficult to find the right person.
There are many problems in life that we experience and find hard to share with others, for various reasons, and this can leave us feeling isolated and unable to cope. From low self-esteem to anxiety, or work-related problems to depression, whatever may be affecting us, we can sometimes think that no one else will understand, and perhaps we can’t risk talking about it.
I believe strongly that in counselling it is essential you feel welcomed and valued, and have the same right as anyone else to seek happiness. So often in life we feel we just want others to accept us, not to judge us or try to change us, but to see things from our perspective. My goal as a counsellor is for you to experience this, in a setting that feels as natural and relaxed as possible.
Counselling provides a place for you to explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions, and begin to make sense of what is troubling you. Professional counselling offers confidentiality and a safe environment, and speaking with someone who is separate from friends or relatives means you can talk without feeling judged or worrying that you may be burdening someone you care about.
I work as a person-centred counsellor, meaning that I work with you, taking your lead in a collaborative approach that is based on the principle that you are the best authority on your own experience. I want to offer you the opportunity to feel truly accepted, to be listened to, and to have your experiences shared in an open and honest way. Through this process, the way you see things can start to change, and so too how you think and feel about them, then a way forward may begin to emerge that moves towards a lasting change. This process is unique for each person, and so the amount of counselling required varies with every individual. As well as talking problems through, there are many other aspects to counselling which can be beneficial, for example: to experience the relief from simply saying out loud something that you have thought but never said; or to have a positive experience that is so different to past relationships that it changes how you understand relationships, and your place within them.
As with anything in life, there are no guarantees, but I am committed to working with you to achieve the best possible outcome. We will always work at your pace, which allows trust to develop naturally, and means you speak about things only when you feel ready to do so – you are in control.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.
As part of my commitment as a Member of the BACP, I receive Clinical Supervision and pursue Continuing Professional Development.
I am fully qualified, with an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde, and currently work with individuals aged 16 years and above.
I have considerable life-experience from years working with a wide variety of people in many different settings, and believe this translates in the counselling room to a calm, unhurried and accepting approach.
As a counsellor, I have experience working with people encountering issues such as:
- Family relationship problems
- Abuse, in different forms
- Life changes
- Work-related difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Traumatic experiences
- Health concerns
There is a further list below of things that can affect different individuals, and may be affecting you, but the key point is that your problems or aims are unique for you, that whether or not they are on any list, you can find support and help towards resolving them.
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
To make getting started feel as simple as possible, I welcome enquiries via phone call, text or email, and I can respond to questions you may have about counselling. I also offer a 20-minute free initial phone conversation, where we can explore what you may be looking for, and see if you feel working with me would be right for you. If you wish to proceed, we can then make an appointment to meet.
You can expect to be at the counselling sessions for one hour, with 50 minutes dedicated time for you. The cost per session is £40. There is no obligation to continue after our first meeting, but if we agree that working together could benefit you, we can arrange a day and time to meet again, often this would be the same weekly appointment, although this can vary depending on circumstances.
My counselling room is conveniently situated in central Ayr, yet is in a private and discreet location, and is a short distance from rail and bus services, with car-parking close-by. The venue is a welcoming and friendly complementary health centre, has a managed reception that allows you to feel comfortable on entering; and has a separate, peaceful and confidential room set aside for counselling. Please note that there are two steps for routine access to the room, however provision can be made for access involving specific mobility requirements if notified in advance.
If you wished, it is possible for enquiries and bookings to be handled through the health centre also. This would always be coordinated with me, and I can respond to you directly if you have any questions or want to discuss something before meeting.
The first step of starting to seek change can be empowering, so if I can help you at all at this stage, I would like to hear from you.