I trained at the University of Abertay Dundee where the focus was on an integrative “pluralistic” approach to counselling.
What is Pluralistic Therapy?
Pluralistic therapy starts from the assumption no two people are identical and that different people may be helped to feel happier in different ways, and that this is dependent on a variety of factors, such as:
- The reason(s) why a particular person feels depressed or dissatisfied in the first place
- The person’s particular personality, their background, and their current life circumstances
- The person’s strengths and positive qualities
- The sorts of things that, in general, have helped that person feel better or worse in their life.
Because this therapy assumes that different people need different things the first meeting is an ‘assessment’ session where you can talk a bit about your background, what has made you interested in coming to counselling and what you would want from it. If you decide you want to go ahead and start counselling, and if I feel that I can help you, I will work with you to try and help you identify what may be useful to do. This could include such activities as:
- Understanding what has happened to you in the past that might have led you to feel the way you do
- Learning to be more ‘yourself’ and less concerned about what others think of you
- Learning to think about things in a more positive way
- Changing your behaviour so that you do more of the things you enjoy, and less of the things you don’t
- Finding ways to improve your relationships with others
- Finding more meaning and purpose in your life
- Coming to terms with painful experiences, feelings or losses.
If we agree not to work together, I am happy to suggest other services that may be more appropriate for your needs.
For more info on Pluralistic therapy please click here - http://www.academia.edu/1842624/A_brief_introduction_to_pluralistic_counselling_and_psychotherapy
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years counselling experience and began my training in 2006. I qualified as a counsellor in 2009 and went on to study for my Masters Degree which I completed in 2011 gaining a first class (A) pass.
I have been in private practice since 2013 and before that I gained a wealth of experience working for a local charitable agency seeing a wide variety of clients on a one to one basis. I also have experience of facilitating therapeutic groups and teaching counselling skills part time at the University of Abertay. I have specific expertise in working with emotional eating problems and am a trained facilitator of the Understanding your Eating program http://www.understandingyoureating.co.uk/
Masters Degree (MSc) in Counselling (1st class) University of Abertay, Dundee.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling University of Abertay, Dundee.
Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Abertay, Dundee:
N.C Criminology, Angus College
Introduction to Arts and Humanities, Open University
H.N.D Communications, Aberdeen College
Other Recent Training and Experience
Child Sexual Abuse - Hope for Healing (www.pods-online.org.uk)
Dissociation & D.I.D: The Fundamentals (www.pods-online.org.uk)
Treating GAD and Panic Disorders (mindbodyrecovery.co.uk)
Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice (mindbodyrecover.co.uk)
Introduction to TRE (Trauma Release Exercises)
Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy for Shame and Self-Critical Difficulties
Deaf Action - Deaf Awareness Training
Assist, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training.
Advanced group leader training, Understanding your Eating programme
Group leader training, Introduction to Understanding your Eating programme
Research, Publications and Media
Featured as a contributor in this article on Binge Eating for www.popsugar.co.uk
The Effectiveness of a Psycho-Educational Intervention for Emotional Eating Problem, MSc in Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee, 2011.
Helping Clients Address Eating Problems (in The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Sage Publications 2016) https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-handbook-of-pluralistic-counselling-and-psychotherapy/book243250
Factors influencing student nurse decisions to report poor practice witnessed while on placement,R. Ion, K. Smith,S. Nimmo, A.M. Rice, L. McMillan, Nurse Education Today, Feb 2015.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
UNDERSTANDING YOUR EATING
For those struggling with emotional eating problems I can offer the Understanding your eating (UYE) programme on a one to one basis. UYE is a psycho-educational approach to emotional eating problems which was devised by Professor Julia Buckroyd. I have been fully trained by Julia to offer the programme and have extensive experience delivering this programme both in groups and in a one to one setting.
I also have experience of delivering counselling online and am happy to discuss this option with you if you find attending sessions difficult at all.
Free initial telephone session
Payment per face-to-face 60 minute session is £45 individuals and £65 for couples
Skype sessions £45 for 60 minutes
Telephone sessions £45 for 60 minutes
Initial 30 minute telephone consultation FREE on request.
Therapeutic emails also available, please ask me if you are interested in this option as costs vary.
Fees are payable by cash or bank transfer on a session-by-session basis on the day of the session. A fee of the cost of the session applies for late cancellations (24hrs or less) Some people prefer to pay for sessions as a block and I am happy to discuss payment options with you at an initial consultation.
I understand it can be difficult sometimes to find time for counselling between work and other commitments therefore I aim to be flexible where possible in terms of availability and will endeavour to provide a time which best suits us both.
Each session is 60 minutes long. Longer sessions are available on request (cost adjusted accordingly).
Between us we will decide how many sessions you may like to start out with. It is often helpful to check progress approximately every 4 sessions so that we can evaluate where we are in terms of your goals and your overall satisfaction with the counselling and decide from there how best to proceed.
I have my own tranquil therapy room which is on the ground floor and accessible via a walled garden. The room offers a view of the garden and is very quiet and private. I am based in a central location in Montrose close to local shops and amenities with ample on street parking and several nearby car parks.
Mon-Thurs appointments 9-5.30 and limited evenings (after 5.30pm). Enquiries typically answered mon-thurs 9am-5.30. Please note Friday/weekend enquiries may not be answered until Monday.
As part of my commitment to counselling I receive regular monthly supervision from a trained Supervisor. One of their important roles is to ensure I am working ethically at all times and to maintain professional standards.
Click the link below for more information about the role of supervision
"I look backwards over life in a much more, well, clearer manner; I can see a lot more patterns of behaviour more clearly, I would say its opened doors of understanding of past history" (Male client)
"First of all I don’t criticise myself now, I don’t wake up in the morning and think “oh my god you look horrible!” now it has changed - I smile more, even if I look in the mirror I smile and I think it’s easier now to go through the day "(Female client on the Understanding your Eating Programme)
"The world revolved...just chocolate all round really and now the chocolate is further away and I'm just a real person and so yes it’s there, but it’s not controlling me” (Female client on the Understanding your Eating Programme)
Please feel free to get in touch and I will be happy to arrange a no-obligation brief telephone consultation to help you decide if counselling is right for you. You may also like to make an appointment for an initial consultation to discuss your concerns and find out how I might be able to help.
Here are some useful numbers if you are in serious crisis and need immediate assistance:
Community Mental Health Team
- Forfar/Kirriemuir: 01307 475239
- Arbroath/Carnoustie/Monifieth: 01241 437200
- Brechin/Montrose: 01356 692856
A confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland feeling low, anxious or depressed.- 0800838587
24hr helpline number children and adults 08457 90 90 90
24hr helpline for children and young people 08001111