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About me

I offer a warm, personal counselling service for adults aged 18+. Depending upon your needs I can offer you face to face sessions from my home office in Midlothian, Scotland, or we can meet online. I am pleased to be able to offer therapy for both individuals and couples.

You may be living with anxiety or depression or work-related stress. You may be going through a breakup or dealing with the challenges of parenting or caring. You may be going through grief after the loss of a loved one. You may be a survivor of abuse, or have experienced trauma. You may be worried about what the future will bring, or feel lonely or unhappy for no reason that you can put your finger on. You may simply feel stuck or you may wonder what life is all about. I will work with you to explore past experiences, current circumstances and future directions.

I welcome inquiries from individuals and couples 18 and over. I practice pluralistic counselling, which means that I draw upon different therapeutic styles to best meet the needs of each unique individual, and I will work with you to identify the approaches that feel right for you. No matter who you are or why you have decided to seek out counselling, I will offer you full acceptance, empathy and authenticity.

My counselling sessions will always be a safe space for LGBTQ+ clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Member of both the BACP and COSCA, and abide by their ethical frameworks.

Counselling qualifications:

  • Diploma Person Centred Counselling (Interface Ltd, Edinburgh)
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate (Edinburgh College)

Previous Qualifications:

  • PhD Social Anthropology, Edinburgh University
  • BA Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

I draw significantly upon Existential Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic theories, CBT and Creative counselling approaches, and am undertaking regular CPD. I bring to counselling over 20 years' experience working in community development, supporting individuals and groups to identify and achieve their goals.

I have extensive awareness of and training in equalities issues.

Creative Writing

For clients who are interested in writing, I use a range of therapeutic creative writing approaches to enable self expression and exploration.

Member organisations

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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.

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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic pain, parenting, identity, gender

Fees

From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Sessions are priced as follows:

£40 for students/unwaged/low income

£50 for working individuals

£60 for couples (sessions last 1 hour 15 minutes)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

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.

If you are a wheelchair user or have other mobility issues, please discuss your needs with me directly.

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