During this difficult period, you might be feeling overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness or dread and this might be added to other issues in your life such as stress at work, difficulties in your relationship, loss, an illness, experiencing feelings of anxiety, having conflicting or disturbing thoughts or wishing to understand yourself better. Expressing yourself to an independent counselling professional can be easier than opening up to your immediate circle of friends and family at times.
- You might find that talking about your feelings with a therapist could help.
I believe, choosing a counsellor you will feel able to trust and feel comfortable and safe with is essential. Sharing difficult , disturbing thoughts and feelings can be daunting and finding a counsellor you feel able to open to might be the first step to an improved sense of wellbeing.
- I will offer a free initial telephone chat to ensure we can work together, this also allows you to make an informed choice whether to engage in therapy with me. I am able to offer you a safe, non-judgemental, accepting and supportive environment where we may explore what matters to you and where you can:
- feel able to just be yourself; deal with anger, fears, anxieties old and new;
- search for a healthy way to express any issues and feelings you may have;
- try to understand your own attitudes and behaviours;
- explore changes you might want to make in your life;
- simply take time for yourself and your personal development.
- Together we can work on helping you make sense of how you feel, in time helping you feel more in control and more able to live your life as fully as you wish.
I work with young people from 11 years of age and adults.
- When we meet for the first time, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and determine whether you would be happy to come to me for counselling. For my part, I will assess if I think I can help you. We will decide whether we can work together, it is essential you find the right counsellor for you.
- If we decide to work together, during the second session, we will agree on ground rules such as confidentiality and in-therapy boundaries to keep both you, the client and myself, the counsellor aware and safe.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 2020- Certification for Teaching of Mindfulness for adults (MBLC-Mindfulness Based Living Course) with The Mindfulness Association.
- 2019- Certificate for Counselling Children and Young People (11-18 years) at the University of Strathclyde.
- 2016- Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling -The University of Strathclyde
- Outreach Counsellor for Safe Space in Fife, supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse- in (2020- current). Trauma work.
- Grief/Bereavement (adults) counsellor at Strathcarron Hospice.
- Volunteer Counsellor at Safe Space in Fife, supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse- (2016-2019).
- Counsellor/wellbeing worker in Secondary school and in a primary school with Wellbeing Scotland- Clackmannanshire. (2018-2021)
- In Private practice (selfnurture.uk) since 2017
- Teaching mindfulness to small groups of adults online (face to face groups in the future) (MBLC programme as described above)
I have attended diverse training workshops in order to develop and improve my work with clients; which means I can offer you, the client, different ways to express yourself and an open mind towards whatever you might bring to therapy.
Trauma, childhood sexual abuse and its long-term effects, Dissociative Identity Disorder, 'chair work' to deal with underlying and unexpressed feelings, use of a journal for self-expression, use of 'play' and 'art' activities when words are not enough, self-harm, anxiety and depression, awareness of feelings/emotions and breathing exercises, mindfulness for adults and young people.
- I integrate mindfulness, when appropriate, into my practice as I believe it to be extremely useful in enabling individuals to develop ways of dealing with life events and relationships in a more self-aware, self-caring and fulfilling manner. For example: breathing exercises, noticing feelings of anger, anxiety or fear before they become overwhelming.
I adhere to COSCA ethical framework which includes regular supervision and continuous personal and professional development.
Prior to counselling, I worked for many years with children and families in local communities and schools.
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
- General anxiety, feeling sad, stress, children and young people mental wellbeing.
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
- The counselling sessions are usually 1 hour long.
Feel free to ring up if you have any questions to ask me. The telephone number provided is a dedicated phone and one that only I will answer. It is safe to leave a message in confidence and I will return your call as soon as I am available.
If you think you would like to explore the possibility of working with me, the first step would be to have a brief telephone chat which is free, to make sure you are happy with the arrangements and to ensure that my service is appropriate for you.
For an hour long counselling session, the fee is £40 (£50 for organisations)
- On our first meeting, we will agree on ground rules such as confidentiality, keeping your details safe and in-therapy boundaries to keep both you, the client and myself, the counsellor aware and safe.
- Please speak to me if you are struggling with income and the full fee would keep you from accessing counselling.
I work online, face to face in Clackmannanshire and Dunfermline.
Along with talking therapy, it can be helpful to use other means to express yourself in session, you will always have the choice.
- Expressive art journaling;
- Sand tray, mood cards, drawing;
- Mindfulness to support emotion regulation and stabilisation- including breath work, grounding techniques.
Issues you can bring with confidence, knowing that as human beings, we are complex and such issues are often combined:
- general mental health
- self-care & wellbeing
- anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression,
- feeling sad, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) relationship issues family issues, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce,
- abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence
- bipolar disorder/manic depression, personality disorders
- anger management, behaviour problems, work-related stress, redundancy
trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation, bipolar disorder
low self-esteem, low self-confidence, stress, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
suicidal thoughts, loneliness, self-harm