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Counsellor/ Psychotherapist MBACP Registered Member

About me

About Me

I offer Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, working with you to provide a therapeutic experience that suits what you need.

I can offer short term counselling or longer term psychotherapy, with sessions once a week or once a fortnight.

I offer online and telephone counselling to anyone in the UK (Please note, in person, face to face counselling is currently suspended).

A Step by step guide to starting counselling

  • Contact me via phone/ email or the form on my website.
  • I'll get back within 24hrs and can usually book your FREE initial appointment within 7 days. The initial Appointment will last between 20-30 minutes. Subsequent appointments last 50 minutes.
  • I'll also ask you how you would like to receive counselling, be it online using Zoom or Skype or Telephone. I try to be as flexible as I can be to fit counselling around your life.
  • During your initial appointment we'll discuss:
    • How frequent you'd like your appointments to be.
    • How Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy works.
    • The counselling contract and boundaries.
    • Your expectations and goals for therapy.
    • There will always be opportunity for you to ask questions, there's no such thing as too many questions in counselling.
    • Please note: Your first appointment is an assessment and not a counselling appointment, please see crisis guidelines below if you are in Crisis.
  • I have current availability so can guarantee regular sessions to suit what you need (Usually weekly, fortnightly or one every 3 weeks).
  • I offer a safe, confidential space to discuss whatever you wish to bring to counselling.

Crisis statement

I do not offer a crisis service. If you feel you urgently need help please see the below NHS link, call NHS 24 on 111 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MSc Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate Counselling Skills
  • Training in online and telephone therapy
  • Training in LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Training in Autism Awareness

Experience

Anxiety and Depression

Sometimes the world can get on top of us and anxiety can feel like a weight on our chest that won't go away. I understand anxiety and have worked with it for several years.

Sometimes when you are feeling sad, anxious, have low self-esteem, low self-confidence it can help to seek counselling.

I can provide counselling and coping mechanisms to help you cope with anxiety and depression as well as get to the root of some of the feelings that are causing anxiety, and depression.

Cancer and Long term illness

As someone who has personally fought cancer, I know how unforgiving it is and how lonely a battle it can be. I have also worked with long term illness in therapy. I provide a confidential, understanding space to work through your emotions and find the support you need.

I also have experience working with long term Coronavirus (Covid-19) and other long term illnesses.

Bereavement

When we lose a loved one, we can feel lost and moving on can feel impossible. I provide a space to work through your emotions and understand your place in the world.

University Students and Teenagers

I have worked with University Students and teenagers for over 5 years and have a good deal of experience supporting them. I know the unique problems and situations that you face as a student. I also have years of experience of working with students with autism and disabilities.

Work Related Stress and Redundancy

Work environments can be difficult, working relationships can bring us stress. I have experience working with redundancy, work related stress, and all other presenting problems related to the workplace.

Relationship problems and divorce

The end of a relationship can be just like a bereavement. It can be hard to move on when you are so used to being with someone all the time. Or perhaps you're in a relationship you want to talk to someone confidentially about. Whatever the reason, I'm here to help you through what can be a difficult time.

I have experience working with any Family issues, including separation and divorce.

Unfortunately I do not offer couples counselling and can only offer individual counselling.

Working With Anger, Trauma and any other presenting issue.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The selected areas are where I have the most experience, however, I am trained to work with most presenting issues.

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

First Session

FREE - Your first session will be free. It is important that you trust your therapist is a good fit and that we can go over how therapy will work and the frequency of your sessions. The first session usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.

Subsequent Sessions

£45 - each subsequent session lasts for 50 minutes.

Concession

I offer concession rates to those who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Trainee counsellors, students, OAPs and Keyworkers receive a 20% Discount.

When I work

I have some weekday and evening appointments available. I can usually find a time to suit you.

I usually respond the same day.

Further information

I can work with clients over the age of 16. 

Dundee, Angus, DD5

Dundee, Angus, DD3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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
Whatsapp
Zoom

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