I am an integrative psychotherapist, who recently moved to Glasgow from Belfast. Although my method is primarily grounded in a psychodynamic approach, I am comfortable utilising elements from different counselling traditions. I believe counselling offers reflective ‘time out’ from the stresses of everyday life. The Irish word 'Coolmara' translates as 'corner of the sea' alluding to a space affording some shelter from the elements. In this relative quiet clients tend to find that complicated feelings and pieces of personal history rise to the surface. Exploring these and understanding them in fresh ways can ease mental pain, grow self worth, and engender more peaceful ways of living with oneself and one’s decisions.
Although I see counselling as a collaborative endeavour, I believe the client must be in charge of the process: controlling what emerges and what is left to one side, choosing what to divulge and what to retain. I follow my client’s lead and respect their independence, but am equipped to support the process of working through whatever material is brought, and moulding it into new contours and shapes that can sit more harmoniously with the client in future.
I have a background lecturing in social science in London and Ireland. I also delivered pastoral care to students on both sides of the Irish border for the Open University. Being involved with diverse groups of students in prisons and in the community nurtured my interest in how emotional wellbeing influences our ability to learn and grow throughout our lives. I trained as a psychotherapist and worked for a community-based agency in West Belfast before starting private practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Honours in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- MA Environment, Policy and Society
- BA Honours in Social Science
- Post Graduate Certificate in Further Education
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.
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I offer a free assessment session (approximately 30 minutes) without obligation. We can discuss your situation together before deciding whether psychotherapy with me is appropriate. Thereafter counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £50
I offer one-to-one talking therapies derived primarily from psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behaviourist approaches to contemporary mental distress.