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About me

Hello and welcome. Thank you for considering me to help you feel better, stronger and healthier. Maybe you want to do more of the things you like or want to enjoy life a bit more, especially now when everything seems unknown, uncertain and always changing. Perhaps you are grieving the loss of a loved one and life just doesn’t feel the same.  Counselling and CBT can help.

Feeling anxious, worried or sad can be overwhelming and seem hard to overcome. Talking to a trained therapist about your feelings and difficulties can help you understand and process them in healthier ways and lead to feeling better about yourself, others and the world.

Through counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) we can explore and seek solutions to areas of life you are finding difficult or challenging, be it anxiety, anger or low mood among other things. We can work with difficult life changes such as bereavement, divorce, cancer or other medical diagnoses.

Talking helps, and exploring the challenges and difficulties we face, while trying out new ways of thinking and being can make us stronger, more resilient and see things differently. Life will always challenge us in some ways, yet we can learn how to face these challenges in healthier and more positive ways, and bounce back stronger after difficult events.

I believe that things can change and that life can, and does get better.

I look forward to working with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork - A Cognitive Behavioural Approach
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Mental Health Problems
  • MSc Medical Sciences

Member organisations

BACP

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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Traumatic grief and loss.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Appointments cost £50 and last 50 minutes.  A limited number of reduced fee appointments is available.

Availability

Daytime, evenings and weekends.

Available for in-person, online and telephone work.

Further information

My counselling service involves the following stages :

1. CONTACT – following your enquiry, I will acknowledge it by email or phone, send you a free counselling Information Pack and Contact Form, and will invite you to attend an Initial Consultation Appointment with me. If you have provided a phone number, I will also send you a text message to acknowledge the enquiry. Please check the Spam/Junk folder for incoming email.

I also offer a free 20 minutes phone or video call and you may wish to make use of this before the Initial Consultation. This introductory call gives you the opportunity to ask me questions about counselling, to get an idea of how I work and how my services may be helpful for you.

2. CONSULTATION – the Initial Consultation appointment is a more detailed discussion about the difficulties you are experiencing and how I may be able to help you. In a confidential, safe environment we talk about your current situation, health and wellbeing in general, focusing on what's brought you to counselling and what you would like to gain from counselling.

I aim to provide convenient, affordable therapy and we can discuss fees (concessions if applicable) and arrange suitable appointment times. I offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.

3. COUNSELLING – following the Consultation appointment, counselling would start and take place usually at the same time every week or as agreed. Start dates are subject to a waiting list. In the first session we sign a Counselling Agreement outlining our counselling commitments, responsibilities and confidentiality.

I usually offer 12 sessions as standard, however sessions can range anywhere between 6-16 sessions or more. Sessions are reviewed regularly, and you can end at any time.

4. ENDING – counselling usually ends by mutual agreement when we both feel that the time is right. You are free to end any time and are welcome to return in the future. I offer check-in sessions, where we would meet for one session about 2-3 months after ending, to discuss how you are getting on and agree further steps if relevant.

"Recognising when we need support can be the first step towards improving our mental wellbeing"

Caretaker's Flat
Central Chambers
93 Hope Street
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
G2 6LD

South Side Centre
86 Causewayside
Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH9 1PY

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Languages offered

Hungarian

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