Services: I normally deliver Human Givens psychotherapy (https://www.hgi.org.uk/). I have had some training in other models of therapy such as CBT and I am also registered as a hypnotherapist via the GHR. I do some work from home, which means that I have availability at weekends and evenings. People find this helpful for balancing treatment while keeping a normal work or family schedule. I also have availability during weekdays in the centre of Glasgow.
Method: You are welcome to get in touch for a free, no obligation chat for up to twenty minutes so that you can find out if I am the right person for you. After that we typically start with an initial session in which we can get a clearer idea of the situation, go through some questionnaires and discuss what the treatment may comprise. We work jointly on what suits you best. You are not obligated to attend a certain number of sessions, some people benefit from just one or two.
Subsequent treatments: The normal time between sessions is anywhere from a week to ten days. Occasionally, sessions might be more frequent if the severity of the problems demands, but this is not standard. Some sessions may be a follow-up after a longer period to ensure that the effects of the treatment have lasted. We use the questionnaires from the initial assessment as a benchmark to monitor progress.
Sessions normally last about an hour. It is best to schedule 90 minutes for the initial session as there is some administration to do and we may need more time to discuss exactly what you need and the nature of the problem. Although the initial session is longer, it costs the same as a regular one-hour session.
Location: Sessions are held at an address on the Rosneath peninsula and in central Glasgow.
Training, qualifications & experience
Doctorate Social Practice (DSocPrac)
Master’s degree Human Givens Psychotherapy
Certificate Integrating Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certified
Additional training: Parapsychology (the study of anomalous experiences)
Non English speaking clients: I have also worked teaching English via a CELTA qualification and have experience treating clients who have limited English both with and without translators.
Thirteen years experience including nine years working full time as a psychotherapist in the NHS. Experienced in taking referrals from many different providers, including GPs, social workers, psychiatry and neuro-psychiatry, police, probation and charities.
Experience working with patients who were referred for complex issues such as multiple trauma, terminal illness, physical pain, industrial and road traffic accidents, crime, refugee status and human trafficking. I also have treated those whose problems were hard to categorise or were a result of an anomalous experience.
Human Givens Institute
The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I specialise in treatment for veterans, serving members of the armed forces and their families (https://www.ptsdresolution.org/).
I also help people that have had unusual or anomalous experiences that do not match their normal frame of reference.
Charges: The cost of a one-hour session is £50. If we need a longer time for a session, the charges will be based on this hourly rate. A 90-minute session (other than the initial session) would be £75 and a two-hour session would be £100. I try to keep the sessions to one hour. Any requirement to extend beyond one hour would be for specific reasons and would be discussed in advance.
Cancellation: You are welcome to cancel an appointment at any time. There is no cancellation fee.
Please note that when I work from home there are pets in the house. Please let me know if you have an allergy. Also, some people find it helpful and comforting to have an animal nearby during the session. If this is not the case, then please let me know.