Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and it may seem difficult to see a way forward.
Counselling can help by offering you the opportunity to talk over your situation in a confidential place with someone who is there to listen to you. Being in a trusting relationship where you do not feel judged can help you decide the best way forward for yourself.
I believe in walking alongside you as you make changes at your own pace; not pushing you forward or pulling you along.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling - University of Aberdeen
- Introduction to Counselling Young People (11-18) - University of Strathclyde.
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
My experience has been counselling in a GP surgery where I have worked with clients who have a wide variety of issues from anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol dependency, mental and physical abuse, bereavement and grief. Asking for help is the first step on the road to making a change and counselling can offer support along the way.
I have worked with young people at secondary schools who are facing difficulties ranging from worries about school work, friendship issues, bullying, anxieties about body image and self-harm. Allowing young people to talk to someone who sees them for themselves can feel like a lifeline when life is tough.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The above list is an overview of different presenting issues and I work with each client as a unique person who has individual needs. I work in a holistic way, accepting and embracing differences.
My fees are £45 per session of around 50 minutes. Concessions are available if requested and for students.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic I am working exclusively online via Skype, Zoom and FaceTime. Appointments are available daily, evenings and weekends by arrangement.
My background is in healthcare and I worked for many years as a radiographer specialising in mammography. I also volunteered with local charities supporting families with young children and people living with cancer. This led me to seek a way to develop a deeper understanding of how to help people more personally.