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About me

I am a very approachable person and I have been told I have a calming manner. As a qualified counsellor, I can offer a safe place for you to explore the issues that are stopping you making the most of your life. There are times in our lives when we need someone to talk to. Sometimes friends, family or colleagues are not enough to help with problems of anxiety, abuse, bereavement or depression for example. You may need to talk about something that you don't want those close to you, to hear.

I provide one-to-one counselling for all kinds of issues that may make you feel you can't cope and are affecting your day-to-day life. My therapy sessions provide a safe place to explore what is troubling you in confidence and without any judgement. As a Person Centred Therapist, I can offer a caring confidential relationship on which you can focus on the problems that make your everyday life difficult to manage, allowing you take back some control.

I started my counselling training several years ago following many years in management within the property market. I started with my HNC in Counselling and followed that up with my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling at Strathclyde University. As well as my private practice, I also continue being a volunteer counsellor within an organisation and I have been heavily involved in counselling children at schools around Ayrshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

HNC Counselling - Ayrshire College

PD Diploma in Counselling - Strathclyde University

Associate Counsellor - Crisis Counselling Centre

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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


Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute initial consultation, as a get to know you. This initial meeting will determine whether we can work together. Thereafter, my fee is £35 per hour.

When I work

Mondays and Wednesdays

Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, KA22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults