I work with clients to establish a therapeutic relational space which feels trusting, exploratory, collaborative and creative. In doing so it becomes possible to think together, understand, and come to terms with the client's difficulties in living.
People approach me to support them with a range of issues that can include: struggles with worry/fear/anxiety/panic attacks; lack of engagement in the world and feelings of dissociation and/or isolation; relationship difficulties with families or partners or friends; difficult feelings around dependency; domestic abuse and its associated traumas; exploring identity, gender and self; difficulties managing change and feeling stuck; grief and the legacy of bereavement; negotiating and coming to terms with unhelpful coping mechanisms including patterns of self-harm; living after sexual trauma including rape and assault; wanting support to withdraw from prescribed medication including anti-depressants. This is not an exhaustive list, but gives an overview of my work.
Trained in both psychodynamic and person-centred counselling I describe myself as a pluralistic counsellor; I also work with attachment patterns and with aspects of existentialism, spirituality and creativity. In all of my work I try to follow and explore what feels relevant for the individual client in that particular moment of time. Warmth, curiosity and deliberate openness without judgement underpin all of my work.
Psychodynamic counselling includes working to make sense of past experiences and early relationships, generating understanding of these patterns - or imprints - in a felt sense as they play out in the here and now. Person-centred counselling includes working together to get in touch with, explore, challenge and deepen a shared understanding of what is happening for the client in their life as they experience it.
I charge a reduced fee for first appointments and see this initial session as an opportunity to explore the potential ‘fit’ between client and counsellor.
I graduated from Edinburgh University's Postgraduate Diploma with Merit and am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and also a member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). I'm cleared with Disclosure Scotland to work with U18s.
My professional background includes teaching, literacy development, working with families, community engagement and co-running a food business.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Merit)
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling
The University of Edinburgh
Counselling CPD courses attended include:
- Attachment Theory
- Working with Autism
- Understanding the Impact of Prescription Drugs in Counselling Work
- Attachment, the Body and Gender
- Relational Mindfulness
- Working with Shame
- Working with Clients at Risk of Suicide
- Working with the Impact of Trauma
- Understanding Rape and Consent
- Working Therapeutically with Older People
- Understanding Grief and Loss
- Working with Spirituality
I am an individual member of BACP and abide by their code of ethics. I have professional liability insurance.
I am registered with Disclosure Scotland as a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme member in respect of regulated work with children and adults.
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching, University of the West of England (Bristol)
BA (Hons) English, University of Southampton
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial sessions are charged at £20 to explore working together.
Thereafter all sessions are 50 mins, are weekly and cost £45.00
I’m currently only able to see private clients on Monday afternoons/evenings. Other times may occasionally be possible.
Currently I can only see clients privately on Monday afternoons/evenings in Causewayside.
There is a flight of steps up to the first floor, unfortunately with no disabled access.
During Covid restrictions I am continuing face to face work but place chairs 2+m apart. I ask all clients to wear a mask when entering and leaving the room, as do I. If either of us has any symptoms the session cannot take place.