I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years both as a private practitioner and with counselling agencies in Edinburgh.
I usually work with clients weekly in 50-60 minute sessions. In general the work takes the form of an intimate conversation between myself and a client, with the client's experiences being the main focus
In my practice I pay respectful attention to people’s inner experiences; often painful ones. I have faith in my client’s ability to find solutions or better ways for themselves.
Gestalt means “essence” or “spirit”; what is meaningful to each person and what they can become.
Much can be achieved through personal awareness and my practice is aimed at helping people to find their own solutions. They begin to become more aware of their assumptions about themselves and their lives and with support and affirmation, to begin to value who they are and their talents as well as their drawbacks.
I give clients a better and different experience of relationship than perhaps they have experienced. I aim to be dialogic. I listen and share my reactions with them and also my own feelings.
Part of the process is the raising of awareness of difficult issues. I use breath and bodywork as an awareness raising tool, and sometimes use drama or artwork if I think it helpful. I try to build a safe environment in which to explore and share difficult and painful inner experiences; to consider how you might most effectively deal with the wish to change things, the fear of it and the difficulty of leaving familiar ways of doing things.
There is also room for humour and joy if it comes. Clients are helped to value themselves. Compassion is always present.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist with UKCP and an accredited member of UKAHPP (United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychotherapy Practice). I am also a graduate member of BPS (British Psychological Society), and BACP.
I have academic qualifications of MEd, (Master of Education) and a PhD focussing on education, psychology and language.
I trained in Gestalt Practice with GTS (Gestalt Training Scotland) and the London Gestalt Centre over a period of about 7 years.
I have worked mainly with individual clients over a period of about 20 years, mainly based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently I am in private practice.
Registered / Accredited
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United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKAHPP is a national accrediting organisation for all those who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology in their work. The UKAHPP is an independent member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the UK Register of Counsellors.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership classes e.g. Associate Members, Affiliate Members, Full Members, each with different requirements for entry. Full Members may use the initials 'MAHPP' after their names, and have undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.
All members of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners must commit to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My regular charge is £50 for a one hour weekly session.
I offer a free initial meeting to give both of us a chance to decide whether to take things further.
I am willing to discuss reductions for clients according to circumstances to a minimum of £40 for an hour's session.