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Integrative Psychotherapy

About me

I work with individuals who are searching for a different kind of connection with themselves. I provide an environment in which the parts of a person that are rarely seen by others but fundamental to how they interact with their lives, can be freely explored. I work to instil self-awareness, using a holistic approach to all cases and the foundation of my work is based on movement towards recovery. I combine empathy and instinct whilst challenging dysfunctional beliefs and behaviours through honest questions and perceptions.

I provide individual therapy for young adults and adults, within short and long-term timeframes, dependant on what is required. I use an integration of therapies and methods, creating a new therapy model for each individual, determined by their nature, willingness for change and what the therapeutic process unearths. My guiding principles are collaborative patience, compassion, courage and commitment, from which hopes for the work can be met.

​Core Methods:

Existential | Clarify identity to establish meaning, purpose and value systems in life and relationships

Psychodynamic | Examine the past to understand how it effects present beliefs and behaviour

Psychosomatic Awareness | Unify the body with the mind to process and experience difficult emotions: develop self-awareness, create physiologic change, enlighten decision making processes to determine future action

Attachment | Understand how early relationships shape current relational patterns

Solution Focused | Draw on established character strength, resource and ability as a way to move forward

​Creative Arts | Integrate artistic mediums to further articulate and process emotional states

​Cognitive Behavioural | Challenge dysfunctional thought processes to reconstruct cognitive patterns, regulate emotion and improve coping strategies

Training, qualifications & experience

My intention is to assist others in feeling more fulfilled and less alone. I trained in Counselling and Psychotherapy (DipCoun., BCoun.) at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, Australia. In clinical practice at Aspire Health and Psychology Melbourne, I worked with individual cases assisting in a broad range of issues often connected to questions of identity, post-traumatic growth and grief surrounding the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship with a focus on emotional processing, instilling self-awareness and navigating life transitions.

I have worked within the social sector of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and with young adults who have been detained in custody at Parkville College Melbourne. I retain a deep respect for and engagement in the arts with extensive training in ballet and singing, contributing to a ballet teaching project with underprivileged adolescents in Rio de Janeiro. I am a committed songwriter and interested in how creative expression and artistic mediums can work alongside themes being explored in psychotherapy.

In 2020, I moved from Melbourne to participate within the Scottish psychotherapy field in Edinburgh.  I hold a particular interest in mourning rituals within western culture and how they impact grieving process, vitality and identity.  I am a practicing member of BACP.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.


£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Finding the right therapist for your individual needs is vital. I offer a free 15-minute introductory phone consultation followed by an initial appointment at a reduced rate for you to ask questions and establish whether I am compatible with your needs. These initial engagements can clarify why you have come, what you are and are not looking for, if I can work in the best way for you and what timeframes and appointment frequency may look like. If compatibility is not the case, I can provide you with a suitable referral.

Initial appointment | £40

50-minute appointment | £60

I hold a number of lower cost places for specific cases who may need a subsidised rate. 

I provide both online & in-person appointments.  In-person appointments are held at  A Quiet Room  |  12D Timber Bush, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QH

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday 10am - 6pm 

Wednesday 12pm - 830pm 

Thursday 12pm - 7pm 

Friday 10am-1pm (online only) 

12d Timber Bush, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people