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LLB (Hons), CA, PG AdvDip Couns, MBACP

About me

How I Can Help

Do you experience anxiety, depression, grief, emptiness or anger? Do you feel alone or overwhelmed by these feelings ? Do you feel stuck with yourself or in a relationship and confused as to how to move forward in your life ? Most people do and most people feel they have no other option but to stay feeling that way. The truth is that everyone will experience difficulties and difficult situations either in their personal or work life. Some are harder to deal with on your own. A friendly, experienced, listening ear can really make a positive difference to your life.

No two people are the same. I therefore tailor my approach and use different therapeutic modalities to support you to understand and integrate your body, mind and spirit and make sense of yourself in how you respond to life events, love or pain in order to regain clarity, grounding, sense of self and dignity.

As well as working cognitively, it is important to work somatically as trauma and stress affect the brain and body.

Symptoms are very often the voices of a deeper discontent. When we look underneath the symptoms, we allow for a deeper healing to happen.

Choosing the right therapist

Reaching out for help is courageous. It is important that you feel relaxed within a comfortable environment. A good therapist is a creative catalyst for change, aiming to help clients take control of their life in a productive and satisfying way. 

At the heart of this is the client / therapist relationship. I offer a safe, non judgemental environment where you will feel free to express yourself in complete confidence. 

About Me

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) with 15 years of experience. Through my work for organisations such as Trauma Psychotherapy Scotland and Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, I have counselled clients suffering a range of effects from depression and acute anxiety through to severe trauma and P.T.S.D. 

I also have 20 years of meditation experience. I therefore include mindfulness and reflective somatic based practices in the sessions.

As well as listening to what you say, I listen to the wholeness of your being which gives me an intuitive sense of who you are and what drives you. 

My original career was in law and I worked in the corporate industry for over 15 years whilst pursuing my passion for therapy. Having knowledge of this industry I am also able to help managers and leaders improve their performance and the performance of their team by achieving a healthier more balanced mindset; one that inspires creativity.

I have spent 5 years in India, Nepal and Bhutan on a spiritual search for deeper healing and wisdom. During this time I undertook several 10 day silent meditation retreats, spent time studying under the guidance of Tibetan buddhist lamas and was fortunate to have personally spent time speaking with the Dalai Lama. 

Therapy is my passion and what nourishes me from the inside out. I am grateful to my clients for giving me the opportunity to work with them, thus allowing me to contribute and express my creativity in a deeply satisfying and meaningful way. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in therapeutic counselling 2009 (3 year training)
  • Associate of Trauma Psychotherapy Scotland.
  • Introduction to Somatic Experiencing- Peter Levine
  • Currently undergoing 3 year training in Somatic Experiencing with world renowned trauma therapy expert and pioneer, Peter Levine
  • Mindfulness in Psychotherapy with Tara Brach 2010
  • Mind and Life Conference chaired by H.H Dalai Lama 2010
  • Chartered Accountancy (Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland)
  • LLB(Hons)-Edinburgh University

Member organisations

BACP

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

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom