Counselling can help us gain perspective and be more able to think about ourselves and about our particular life circumstances. When we feel out of control, and experience difficulties in living we can feel powerless to know how to begin the process of change.
As a pluralistic counsellor, I draw on different ways of working at different times. I place emphasis on working with - not for - the client, in a shared endeavour to better understand and make sense of difficulties in living. The intention is to work together to try and understand what is happening; supporting personal growth and in doing so, reduce distress.
Specifically, I'm trained in Psychodynamic and Person-Centred Counselling, graduating from Edinburgh University's Postgraduate Diploma with Merit. Psychodynamic Counselling includes working to make sense of past experiences and the impact these may have on us today. It can also involve thinking about how we relate to significant others in our lives. Person-Centred Counselling includes working to get in touch with, and think about what is happening now in our emotional world, however turbulent or troubled that the world may currently be. Warmth, working to build trust, curiosity and deliberate openness without judgement underpin all of my counselling work.
Counselling depends on establishing a therapeutic relationship, described sometimes as the 'fit' between client and therapist, which is one of the reasons I charge a very reduced fee for first appointments. The first session is also an opportunity to ask questions and find out more. I'm cleared with Disclosure Scotland to work with U18s and work in schools with young people. I'm also a volunteer counsellor at PF Counselling Service, where I work with adults.
My professional background includes teaching, literacy development, working with families, and community engagement.
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
- 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.