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About me

I’ve been a Gestalt counsellor and therapist working with adults for over 30 years. I work from home on the beautiful Holy Loch (or the Enchanted Loch as it translates from Gaelic) in Kilmun, Argyll. Over the years, I’ve received additional training in a variety of specialist areas including attachment, mental health disorders, trauma, supporting survivors of high control groups (including cult survivors) and autism spectrum disorders. As well as being a therapist, I’m also a life coach and I've also worked in specialist posts in education and in social work services.   I work from home on the beautiful Holy Loch (or the Enchanted Loch as it translates from Gaelic) in Kilmun, Argyll. 

I'm married and have a daughter and son-in-law. I love reading and am a keen skier and hillwalker. As well as being good exercise, being in the outdoors is important to me as it gives me a strong sense of wonder and wellbeing.

How I work

I’m a good listener and I'm a collaborative practitioner. I'm interested in you as a whole person: your physical and emotional health and wellbeing, your life experiences past and present as well as your aspirations for your future. Fundamentally, I’m interested in how you experience yourself and your life and how you connect with other people and get (or don't get) your needs met. I'll support you to build your awareness of how you engage and interrupt contact with yourself and others, so that you can then make conscious choices about changes you want to make and how you want to live your life.

Together we’ll create a way of working that suits you best, whether you want to focus on specific life experiences or are moving from ‘what was’ to ‘what now?’.  We'll work as widely and as deeply as you wish and are able to. We’ll go at a pace that both supports and stretches you, so that you can grow and develop into the kind of person you want to be, hopefully, achieving what you need to live a full and satisfying life. 

As well as meeting face-to-face when Covid-19 restrictions permit, I can provide zoom and telephone sessions. Let's talk and see if I'm the right therapist for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA in psychology, post graduate certificate in Gestalt Therapy, certificate in coaching and various post graduate qualifications in education, including chartered teacher studies. I'm an accredited, registered member of COSCA.

I’ve been a Gestalt counsellor and therapist working with adults for over 30 years. During that time, I’ve also received training in a variety of specialist areas including attachment, mental health disorders, trauma, supporting survivors of high control groups (including cult survivors). I have delivered counselling skills training within the further education sector and an Emotion in the Workplace module at university level. As well as being a therapist, I’m also a life coach. 

I keep up-to-date on developments in counselling/psychotherapy through continuous professional development and I receive monthly supervision of my work.  I abide by COSCA's Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice. 

In the past, I've worked in specialist posts in both education social work services.  I have taught in primary, secondary, further and higher education settings.  I was a specialist autism spectrum disorder (ASD) outreach teacher for many years and  provided consultation and support for school staff and other agencies. I also created and delivered training in ASDs for school staff and families.

I've worked in specialist posts in social work services and The Care Commission (now the Care Inspectorate) including: groupwork with young people in trouble; fostering and adoption; supporting children with additional support needs and their families, and registration and inspection of daycare and residential facilities. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Retirement and life review
  • Health and emotional wellbeing throughout the aging process

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From £45.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I have a sliding scale of fees to take account of people's differing circumstances. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Normal working hours are 9.00 - 5.00 pm. Evening sessions can be negotiated. 

Further information

What to expect from our sessions

Some people feel anxious about coming for counselling/therapy, some feel excited, many feel relief and others a mixture of these and other emotions. An initial session is really a ‘getting to know you’ time where we can discuss what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to get out of it, share expectations of each other, see if we are a ‘good fit', and agree a contract for our work together. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have about my way of working or the process of counselling in general. This is really the start of our building a strong therapeutic alliance that will enable us to work well together.

Thereafter, sessions will vary according to whatever is most present for you at a given time. I work holistically and, consequently, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, body language, verbal language, and your dreams.

I am curious about your past, your present and your aspirations for the future. I am interested in how you experience your world and how this impacts your day-to-day life. In addressing your experiences and perceptions, I may suggest experiments or ‘homework’ so that you can further raise your awareness through deeper exploration of your experiences and emotions arising from them.

Successful therapy/counselling is dependent on the quality of the client-therapist relationship, rather than the theoretical approach of the therapist. We will work together to build a solid and effective working relationship and create an environment where you feel safe and secure enough to share your experiences.

I receive regular supervision from an experienced supervisor. My supervisor supports me to reflect on my work with clients and this helps me to ensure that I'm giving you the best service that I can. My supervisor respects the confidentiality of my work with my clients.

I’ve worked with clients experiencing a variety of challenges including: anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, ageing, divorce, and autism spectrum disorders. I’ve also worked with clients who are transitioning from one life stage to another (e.g. retirement) and who want to find new meaning and purpose in their lives. By the end of their work with me, clients have reported significant shifts in their emotional wellbeing and greater clarity on how they intend to live their lives.

Sessions are confidential, any exceptions to this will be discussed with you. 

Kilmun, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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My house is approached from a gradually sloping access road. Entry is at the back of the house and there is ample parking space in the back garden. My workroom is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. There is a toilet beside my workroom.

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