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Welcome. People come to counselling for many different reasons, and when working with you I aim to provide a caring, non-judgemental place for you to look at any areas of your life that are important, or are of concern to you. You are in control of what you talk about, and I will help you explore and get a different perspective on what may be troubling you.
Together we can work out your goals, and what you would like to achieve from counselling.
I strongly believe that the body and mind are linked, and that we often fail to use this vital connection in understanding our responses to events in our lives, so in our work together I pay attention to what the body is telling us as well as attending to what you say. This can be particularly useful at times when we may get overwhelmed by our emotional response to situations or events, which can leave us feeling unsafe and distressed, or out of control. Feeling safe enough to explore what is going on for you is an important part of therapy, and this is an essential focus of my work with clients. I have a particular interest in Trauma, and how this sometimes can be manifested in the body.
I have had companion dogs all my life, and have experienced the heart-wrenching loss of a pet who has been a close companion, especially when I've had to make the decision to end their life. This is an often overlooked area of loss and grieving that many people don't fully understand and I offer a Pet Bereavement Service to meet this need.
I am happy to be contacted by email or phone, whichever you prefer, to arrange an initial appointment where we can look at what you would like to get from counselling, and how to move forward. Appointments usually last an hour and most clients have weekly or fortnightly appointments to suit their own circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working as a counsellor for 20 years after completing my Diploma in Counselling from Strathclyde University in 2000.
Further training has included:
MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2011.
Emotion Focused Therapy levels 1,2,3 in 2007-2009.
Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision in 2003.
Mindfulness Teachers Training 2013
Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute 2017
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 2017
I was a trainer on the PG Diploma in Counselling at Strathclyde University between 2005 and 2018, and was awarded the 'Excellence in Teaching Award' in 2016. I have experience in different counselling contexts: private practice, GP practice, NHS Psychology department, hospices, and in working with a number of different issues: trauma, abuse, relationship issues, anxiety (inc generalised anxiety disorder), depression, stress, major life change.
I am also a Mindfulness Teacher.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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Pet Bereavement Service
£50.00 - £70.00
My fee is £50 per hour for individuals and £65 per hour for couples.
When I work
Mon - Fri: day and evenings except Tuesday.
I also run CPD training workshops for counsellors and other professionals.