It's OK to not be OK...
Everyone struggles sometimes, and when we are struggling, one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to talk to someone about our struggles. My aim is to help clients with a wide range of difficulties. My aim is to help *you*.
I firmly believe that all of us have within us the potential to develop and become who we are supposed to be. Sometimes it takes a little digging and self-exploration to find our way to that goal, and I offer a warm, non-judgemental space for you to do this.
I work mainly with adults, helping you to explore your own story and find the way forward that most meets your needs. I am BACP registered and I'm trained in Person Centred and Emotion Focused therapy. I have experience working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, family difficulties, stress, trauma, historical abuse, relationship difficulties, addiction problems, and self-esteem issues.
I see individual adults for both short and long-term counselling or psychotherapy, this is entirely dependent on your own goals and wishes. Many clients have issues that can be helped in just a few sessions, other clients have more complex issues and want to leave the number of sessions open. This is something we will discuss and agree at your initial session, and revisit regularly as we move forward.
You can contact me by email or by telephone. If you are directed to voicemail please feel free to leave a message, in confidence, with your name, your telephone number, and when is the best time to call. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Counselling from Strathclyde University
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Strathclyde University;
- EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) - Level 1 and Level 2;
- Five Areas Approach to Self-guided CBT;
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training);
- Motivational Interviewing (Sexual Health & BBV);
- Scottish Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA);
- Trained Living Works trainer (suicideTALK, safeTALK, ASIST).
Several years experience in mental health, including offering group-work and individual support in acute psychiatric inpatient wards in Lanarkshire.
My current area of research is in the long term effectiveness of Person Centred and Experiential Therapies with Social Anxiety Clients.
As well as my private practice, I teach on the counselling courses (to Diploma level) at New College Lanarkshire
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial telephone consultation - free;
50 minute counselling session - £50
Reductions for unwaged.
I have availability during the day, weekday evenings and at weekends.