My approach to Counselling is person-centred and integrative – this means that I am guided by your concerns and your goals for therapy and draw from a range of models which are most appropriate for you.
Most importantly, I offer a therapeutic relationship within which you can work through difficulties, understand yourself better, and enliven your relationship with yourself and others.
In our work together, I don't criticise or offer advice, but I will listen carefully to you, help you express your thoughts and feelings and make sense of your experiences.
My core theoretical model is Transactional Analysis and I also draw on current models of Grief therapy, Trauma therapy, and Existential therapy.
I often utilise creative, non-verbal ways of working such as imagery, Sand tray, art materials, stories and Mindfulness.
I continue to be interested in how body experiences such as symptoms, sexuality, body image, sensations, posture and movement can communicate vital information and, where appropriate, I work with non-touch interventions to help integrate ‘embodied knowledge’ into the healing process.
It is always a client’s choice to work in ways that they are comfortable with and find useful.
Together we will seek out what you need in order to find new clarity, empowerment and the possibility of joy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I maintained a Therapeutic Massage practice in Edinburgh for 12 years, working with individuals, community health projects and delivering wellbeing programmes in workplaces and at events. I followed a particular interest in massage for people living with cancer, and in psychotherapeutic approaches to Bodywork.
MSc Complementary Therapy (Bodywork) at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, 2009.
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Northern Guild of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2019
I continue to study and benefit from ongoing supervision of my practice.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session (50 mins)
Cancellation policy - please give 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise the full fee will be due.
I work both short (4-6 weeks) and long term, depending on your needs.
I am a registered member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework.