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About me

I am a warm, open person who has been a counsellor for over ten years. I am therefore experienced and can provide a safe space for you to explore what is troubling you, in a non-judgemental, totally confidential situation. My counselling orientation is basically as a ‘person centred’ practitioner. This means I take my lead from my clients. However I have knowledge and experience of working in different ways and so open to exploring the best and most effective ways to support you. I am also available after normal working hours, from midday till 7pm five days a week. I like to meet potential clients for an initial session and then if we decide I might be able to help you we would usually meet weekly. However that is negotiable. My fee is normally £50 for a 50min session.

I now offer online counselling using Zoom and my current clients have transitioned smoothly and a couple of new clients seem to be very comfortable with it.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Becoming a Clinical supervisor April 2016 –ACT counselling services
  • PG Certificate in Counselling and Supervision (1995) Kinharvie/University of Strathclyde
  • BA (Hons 2:1) Psychology Open University
  • BSc (Hons) Physiology & Biochemistry
  • PG Cert Ed

I have experience in working in general counselling including; Abuse, Sexual abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Personal Development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Stress and Trauma.

I have gained a great deal from the many hours of Continuing Professional Development over the years.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

My fee per 50 min session is currently £40.

Cancellation of session up to 2 days before -no charge.
Half the session fee is due if session cancelled within 2 days prior to appointment.

Whole session fee charged if cancellation is same day as session time booked.

Further information

  • I have worked as a manager in education
  • in Higher Education as a lecturer in psychology.
  • I have been a volunteer counsellor for a charity for over ten years, as well as counselling children in the workplace.
  • I have also worked in private practice and I am currently working towards my counselling accreditation.
  • I offer supervision to other therapists within the agency I volunteer with.

I think mental health is so very important and much misunderstood. I am passionate about providing support for those who find themselves temporarily adrift, enabling them to make the adjustments required to regain their equilibrium. I believe counselling offers them a safe opportunity for individuals to experience growth and change.

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

Stenhousemuir, Larbert, Stirlingshire, FK5

Camelon, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, FK1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples