I am a pluralistic psychotherapist and therefore my approach is deeply influenced by pluralistic values and principles. My practice is based around the idea that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. I work to the understanding that different things work for different people at different times. I therefore endeavour to practice in a way which takes into account what insight, knowledge and preferences you bring to therapy. Ultimately, I have a deep commitment to build an authentic relationship underpinned by collaboration, trust, and care.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master of Science in Counselling
- Master of Arts in Youth and Community Work
My background in supporting people from all walks of life with varying concerns, and my experience working with trauma has given me a strong foundation to support individuals who come to therapy with a range of issues and concerns to include depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues and difficult life changes.
Trauma Informed Work
I specialise in supporting individuals who have been affected by trauma; particularly those who have experienced sexual abuse and/or rape. I support individuals in understanding their traumatic experiences and the impact of trauma on various aspects of their lives such as self-worth, relationships and self-identity. I recognise fully that individuals have had experiences unique to them and will collaborate with you to explore what works best. I support women and men aged 13 years and older.
Veterans, Uniformed Services & Family/Carers
As a veteran I have a personal insight into some aspects of the issues and concerns that can arise from service including trauma and reintegrating into a now often unfamiliar life. I also have worked with uniformed service such as police, ambulance services, nurses, and appreciate the parallels with veterans in terms of the impact of traumatic events. Additionally, I support family and friends to not only understand their family members or friend’s behaviour but also to support them regarding the impact it has on them; which can often go unnoticed.
Children and Young People
In addition to my counselling training I hold a master’s degree in youth work and have extensive experience working with children and young people aged 13 to 18. My experience includes concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, drugs and/or alcohol, and relationships. Often the gap between adults and children and young people can be vast therefore I am passionate about “starting where child/youth want to start” and will not impose my “adult views” on them. I am ready to listen, be authentically curious, and work together to understand what ever may be concerning you.
Alcohol & Substance Misuse
I have experience working in the field of substance and alcohol misuse and supporting individual to gain a level of control over their addiction or dependency enabling them to move forward in their lives. I understand that there are many complex reasons for people to use alcohol and/or drugs and that when it becomes “misuse” it can impact the individual and those that they care for and that care for them. I work with individuals to achieve an awareness into the different aspects of their use and empower them towards their goals; be that reduction in consumption or abstinence.
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
Our initial appointment provides us with space and time to have a gentle and collaborative discussion of your needs and circumstances, decide whether therapy may be helpful, and if we are a “good fit”.
It is essential for you to feel comfortable with me, your therapist, as this can make a significant difference to the outcome of your therapy. If we decide to work together, we will agree on the frequency of our sessions.
I offer weekly and fortnightly depending on your needs. I have a bespoke private and comfortable office in my home which is located in a little village in Fife. I do also offer online video/audio appointments and these are over Zoom. Currently due to COVID all appointments will be carried out via online video/audio.
To make therapy more accessible to as many individuals as possible, I offer a reduced rate for on-going appointments for those who are experiencing financial hardship.