I offer a warm, personal counselling service based in Midlothian, Scotland. During the current Covid 19 lockdown, I can offer sessions via Zoom or outdoor walk and talk therapy. Once we are allowed to meet indoors again, I can welcome you to the Mysa Therapy Rooms, located in central Dalkeith, with easy access to both public transportation and free parking.
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 feel stuck or you may wonder what life is all about. I am highly influenced by existentialism, a philosophical approach which focuses around our needs to face life's uncertainties and to find our own meanings for being.
I offer one-to-one hour-long therapy sessions for adults 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Member of both the BACP and COSCA, and abide by their ethical frameworks.
- Diploma Person Centred Counselling (Interface Ltd, Edinburgh)
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate (Edinburgh College)
- 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.
For clients who are interested in writing, I use a range of therapeutic creative writing approaches to enable self expression and exploration.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain, parenting, identity
I recognise your need for flexible timings to work around your job and personal commitments, so can offer some evening or weekend sessions.