I recognise that thinking about seeing a Counsellor can be daunting. However there are times in most of our lives when we experience distressing, sometimes tragic events and feelings which seem to have no end or solution in sight. During such times we may realise that we could benefit from support. Counselling is a process by which you access a confidential and supportive setting. This private and exclusive space allows you the freedom to be yourself.
As an Accredited Psychotherapist Registered with BACP - Registered MBACP Accredited, my qualifications and expertise as an Integrative Psychotherapist offer my clients different models of therapy to suit their individual requirements. I am also a qualified Addiction Counsellor, trained with Alcohol Focus Scotland, and previously worked within a Residential Rehabilitation Programme for substance misuse in Toronto, Canada.
I practice Person Centred Counselling which gives you the opportunity to explore different ways of looking at your life and your situation, assisting you to move towards finding your own direction. I work with compassion and sensitivity respecting your autonomy and individual perspectives and values.
Therapies offered include Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) used successfully to treat PTSD, Trauma and other areas of emotional distress such as phobias and pain. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may also be helpful as an alternative to EMDR, and I work with the individual to find the best mode of therapy to suit their particular requirements.
Other modes of therapy may be explored at the initial meeting. Some of which include working with Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Addictions, Working with adverse childhood traumas and experiences.
Bereavement, Grief and Loss. Also working with Childless Women through Circumstance - which can leave many women feeling isolated and in long term grief.
Career coaching, Behaviour Change and Facilitating your Potential in your life in the areas you desire to make changes in.
Working with Identity at times of transition.
With many years experience as an Integrative Psychotherapist, I work within the areas of Dumbarton and Helensburgh. My experience includes working with young people and adults, including personnel in the Security Forces. I have worked with Agencies such as Crisis, Stepping Stones, DACA - Addictions, Terence Higgins Trust, as well as Charities and in Private Practice. Abroad I have worked in the Children's Hospital, Toronto, Canada and worked as a Volunteer in the Community for an Addiction Programme assisting homeless and those with addictions. (Alcohol, gambling)
To Couples: Relationships of all kinds can undergo many trials and pressures due to work, children, family, relationship issues, and many more stresses of daily living. I offer couples the space to work through areas which have become too much for them to deal with by themselves. Couple work has proved very beneficial for many clients, helping them to make decisions so that they may move on with their lives.
The list at the bottom of the page will show the areas of counselling I work with.
It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, therefore at the first appointment we can explore the situation together and you will have the time you need to consider ongoing therapy with me if you so wish.
For Counsellors: I offer Supervision £50 per 1 hour session.
If you would like to make an appointment with me or discuss anything in relation to your counselling service: I can be contacted on 07525 259533.
Alternatively, you can contact me by clicking on the "message me" tabs displayed on this page.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma Counselling, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Couple Counselling - University of Strathclyde, Scotland
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Parts 1 2, and 3 in line with EMDR Ireland and Europe protocols/standards.
Accredited Alcohol Addiction Counsellor, Alcohol Focus Scotland
Qualified Addiction Counsellor Renascent House, Toronto, Canada
Qualified Counsellor - Samaritans, Scotland
The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
Continued Personal Professional Development keeping updated with the latest Research and Psychotherapy in Practice.
Code of Ethics: BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice
Complaints: BACP Professional Conduct Procedures
MA, Brunel University
Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insurance: Holistic Insurance
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The cost of each session is £45 for individuals and £60 for couples. Sessions last 50 mins to one hour. Fees include on-line Zoom, and telephone counselling. Longer sessions may be arranged - fee pro rata basis.
Couples, please contact me initially to discuss the structure of sessions best suited to your needs.
Corporate/EAP referrals £60 per hour for individuals; £70 for couples.
Supervision £50 per hour
EMDR Counselling £70 per hour
The number of sessions required varies from person to person. One or two sessions can be enough for some people while others need longer term work. This can be discussed at the start and if necessary, reviewed at intervals.
If you are unable to attend an appointment, please contact me to let me know as soon as possible, and also if you wish to re-schedule.
Missed appointments and those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice would be subject to paying the full session fee.
On line (Zoom) & Telephone Counselling due to Coronavirus pandemic at current time. When possible, resume Dumbarton, Helensburgh.
I see clients in Dumbarton and Helensburgh in very comfortable surroundings. Venues in both areas are close to railway stations. There is a very efficient train service from Glasgow Queen Street to Helensburgh Central Station and to Dumbarton Central Station. On site parking is also available.
As explained above, I have worked in Private practice, Addiction agencies, Crisis, The Samaritans, THT and within Charity and Business organisations.
Over the years my practice has allowed me the privilege of working with young people as well as with clients from all age groups, including couples and families.
Please note: As the counselling relationship is a confidential matter, as your counsellor, if I meet you outside of the counselling room, for example, in the street or shopping centre I will respect your confidence at all times and will not approach you, unless you initiate the conversation.