About me

If you are reading my profile then well done in taking the first step in looking for support.  It’s a brave thing to do.  You deserve to live the life you want.  Is there something that is stopping you from living your life to the full?  Perhaps you are feeling anxious, depressed, or lacking direction and motivation.  Your life belongs to you, so let me help you take it back.

I offer a safe and confidential space for you to share what has been going on for you.  I will listen empathetically and attentively to you, and working together, we will identify how you would like your life to be different and identify goals to help you get there.  I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with my clients.  CBT will help you to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and how these are all interlinked.  By making changes to the way you think - and the things you do (your behaviour) can have a positive effect on how you feel. 

I have experience working with mild to moderate conditions such as stress,  anxiety (generalised anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, panic) , depression, anger, low self esteem, relationship problems, grief and bereavement, and chronic pain.  If I feel I can’t help you, I won’t waste your time, but will be honest with you.  

Getting Started - if you are considering therapy, then please get in touch either by phone or email, so we can have an initial chat about what you are looking for.  I will discuss options with you (i.e. weekly or fortnightly sessions) and you can then decide whether you would like to work with me or not.  It's totally normal to be unsure about therapy.  To feel nervous.  Or uncertain.  Which is why finding the right counsellor - or therapist - is so important, so make sure you feel comfortable in who you choose to work with.  

If you do decide to start therapy, the sessions will typically be weekly and last for 50-55 minutes.  In terms of duration of therapy, this totally depends on what you are experiencing.  Some people can find that change happens quite quickly, whilst for others, it may take a little longer.  And that's okay.   I offer face to face sessions based in Coatbridge, and also online too.

With CBT you will be expected and encouraged to do some work outside of the sessions as evidence shows that change happens more quickly with practice.  I guess that's like anything.  You can have a shiny trumpet and have a lesson once a week.  But you'll never join the brass orchestra unless you put in the practice.  I can explain all this to you.  

Starting therapy requires commitment.  I will walk with you until you feel you can walk by yourself. Metaphorically speaking, of course.  You just need to take the first step.  But I will be there to support you on the rest of your journey.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Glasgow Cognitive Therapy Centre

Certificate in Counselling Skills - Glasgow Cognitive Therapy Centre

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

£45 for 50-55 minutes.

Concessions available.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Lanark
South Lanarkshire
ML11

22 St. John Street
Coatbridge
North Lanarkshire
ML5 3EJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom