Life is not easy, there are no instructions but there are plenty opinions of how we should live it! These often cause us to become overwhelmed as we lose sight of ourselves by trying to adapt to everyone's expectations. Leading to depression, anger, irrational behaviour, fear/anxiety and despair about who you have become.
I offer a safe, confidential, accepting and nurturing space to enable you to explore and discover who you really are and how you can help yourself to navigate life's storms.
I have a particular understanding of being a carer; the isolation, the difficulty recognising who you are as you find yourself putting the needs of the person being cared for before your own, the emotional burden as you see the person deteriorating and there is very little you can do to change it or the person is reluctant to ask for help and doesn't see how much you are struggling to cope. Or you don't see yourself as a carer but have been put into that situation and want to find a way to change it.
I trained as a mental health nurse and a general nurse and have over 30 years of experience in a variety of areas. These include long-term health conditions, mental health issues such as anxiety and stress as well as an understanding of the different diagnosis, dementia in particular.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an HND with distinction in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have had a variety of experiences working with young people, adults and older adults, working through various issues including grief, sexuality, abuse, anxiety, depression and issues around self esteem/self worth.
I have years of experience as a carer. As a child growing up with a parent who had mental health issues and married to a partner who had disabilities and deteriorating health.
I trained as a nurse and have qualifications around mental health and general nursing. I have also worked in various nursing posts with over 25 years experience.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Available on Monday, Tuesday (morning),Thursday, Friday and Saturday (morning)