I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor working in Aberdeenshire offering long and short-term therapy. I believe I am a genuine, warm, empathic counsellor offering a safe and confidential space for you to talk and explore personal issues and feelings in a safe and compassionate way. I offer counselling in person, online using the Zoom online conferencing facility or via telephone. I can also offer walk and talk therapy.
There are occasions when we experience challenging times in our lives, which leave us feeling overwhelmed, struggling to cope and weighed down by the issue(s). It can be difficult to know where to turn and I am aware that it takes strength and courage to seek help. It is during these times that it can be helpful to talk with someone who is not emotionally involved and as a counsellor I believe I can provide you a safe place where you can speak in confidence knowing that I’m here to listen to you in an open, non-judgemental and compassionate way.
Using the Person-Centred approach, I work in a non-judgemental and empathic way which I believe not only encourages the development of an effective therapeutic relationship built on trust and respect but is a stepping-stone towards growth and change. This approach will hopefully help you to feel safe and more able to explore the issue and your emotions.
As a Person-Centred Counsellor I also accept you for who you are and strongly believe that you are the expert in your own world, and not defined by a diagnosis or a label. Therefore, I will not tell you what to do. Instead I will support you to explore how you’re feeling, find coping strategies and better understand or come to terms with the issue(s). It is a privilege to be part of a client’s journey and equally important that the pace and discussion is very much set by you.
I have volunteered with Networks of Wellbeing, since commencing my placement, in February 2017 and once qualified remained with the organisation as a member of their counselling team. I have been privileged to have worked with a wide range of issues, including traumatic events (PTSD), anxiety, depression, low self-esteem/confidence, varying forms of abuse, relationship and family issues and bereavement. Recently I have been working closely with veterans. I also volunteered for 4 years as a counsellor at ChildLine in Aberdeen, which provided me with the experience of working with young people (12-18) and intend to offer counselling to young people in early 2021.
I am a member of Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA). I am also an individual member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and strictly adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy which is the UK's regulating governing body for safe practice
Whether you're struggling with life, feeling stressed, low or worried, I'd love to hear from you and together we can find a way forward
Training, qualifications & experience
- Lead Counsellor, Networks of Wellbeing
- Counsellor, ChildLine Aberdeen
Qualifications and Training:
- MSc in Person-Centred Counselling (with Distinction), University of Aberdeen
- Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Aberdeen
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate - Modules 1-4, University of Aberdeen
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling Course, Counselling Tutor
- Moving your Practice Online, Therapy Institute
- Immediate Care Practitioner - Psychological First Aid Course, Icuaris online
- Working with Trauma - A Person-Centred Approach, Greenwood Events, Edinburgh
Working with the Impact of Severe Trauma, Greenwood Events
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), LivingWorks/NHS Scotland, Aberdeen
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (Overview), online
- Introduction to Solution Focused Therapy, online
- Anger Management Techniques that Actually Work (Jan 2021, CPD, Udemy Training)
- CBT for Depression, Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks (Jan 2021, CPD, Udemy Training)
Training in progress:
- Certificate in Child and Young People Counselling, University of Strathclyde - Commencing January 2021
- Grief and Bereavement Counselling – Accredited course (in progress, Udemy Training)
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
£40 per 50 minute session. Concessions may be available upon request.