Would you like to change the way that you live your life? I am a qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with experience of working with issues such as anxiety, depression and anger management, and I can help you to overcome your problems in an accepting, confidential and non-judgemental environment. I can provide face to face, phone or video call sessions. I am LGBT+ friendly.
We all need help during difficult times. A lot of people feel anxious, unhappy, overwhelmed or stressed out at some point and find that they need a bit of support. Coming to therapy allows you to talk over your problems and to work out how you can make the changes that you would like to see in your life.
I realise that it can be difficult to take the first step towards getting help. It's OK to feel nervous or confused about starting therapy, especially if you haven't seen a therapist before. Speaking to someone about your problems can be hard but it really is good to talk. Many people find that the most helpful part of coming to therapy is being able to speak to someone who will listen to them without judging.
Issues I work with:
I have experience of working with issues such as
- Social anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Anger management
About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT involves looking at how your thoughts, emotions and behaviour are connected, and then breaking the cycles of negative thoughts and behaviour to bring about lasting change. By using CBT methods I can help you to achieve your goals, overcome your problems and see things differently.
If you decide to get in touch we would spend the first session talking about what has brought you to therapy. We would also look at the changes that you would like to make and the goals that you would like to work towards.
In the following sessions we would look at how you can change your thinking and behaviour. This involves working together to help you to make the changes that you would like to see. CBT is based on the idea that if you change the way that you think and behave then you will change the way that you feel. I can help you to work on practical solutions to your problems and to find new ways of behaving in situations that you find difficult.
As well as looking at what you can do to help yourself in the present and future, CBT also involves looking at your past and how it affected you. We are all shaped by our surroundings and finding out how your problems developed can lead to greater self-awareness and an improved ability to deal with difficulties in the future.
A course of CBT normally lasts for between six and ten sessions, although this can vary. We would agree to an ending when you feel that you have achieved your goals and dealt with the problems that brought you to therapy. Sessions would normally be every week but I am flexible regarding the frequency of appointments.
If you book a session we can discuss the issues that are troubling you and what you would like to get from therapy.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills from Glasgow Caledonian University and a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Groupwork from the Centre of Therapy in Glasgow
I am BABCP registered and BACP accredited, fully insured and I hold a current PVG certificate. I receive regular supervision from a BABCP accredited supervisor
I have previously practiced at Crisis in Erskine and the Centre of Therapy and I currently work as a self-employed therapist.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am available from Monday to Friday.
I am available for face to face, video call or phone appointments.