65 Brunswick Road
I'm a person-centred counsellor. This approach is based on the belief that we can fulfil our potential and/or deal better with life’s changes, challenges and possibilities if we:-
- can say how life really is from our point of view
- express ourselves without being judged
- feel really listened to and respected
You might wonder how any of this helps but it’s surprising how rarely we’re offered this sort of listenng. Often people think they know what's best for us, tell us what to do, and interrupt or judge us. And sometimes we hide how we really feel, want to protect others or not burden them, or worry that needing help means we can't cope and must be weak. In fact, deciding to come for counselling is you taking charge of your wellbeing, valuing it and investing in it.
My counselling will give you time and space to talk about your thoughts, difficult feelings, hopes and dreams, losses and fears, without threat or judgement. You won't have to defend or justify yourself, so you can say and feel what you need to, even if it seems confusing or contradictory. You decide what you want to say or share, and you set the pace.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- Accredited member, British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (no. 082480)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Persona/Stirling University)
- Specialist Module in Bereavement and Loss (Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland)
- Inner Relationship Focusing (Focusing Resources, California, USA)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Stevenson College/Napier University)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Development (Napier University)
Aside from my private work, I counsel clients for Health in Mind, a number of Employee Assistance Programmes, and Scottish Families Against Drugs.
I have previously counselled students at Edinburgh University, people affected by murder and suicide, for a community health partnership in East Lothian, and family carers in Edinburgh & South Queensferry.
Before becoming a counsellor, I was a civil servant for 26 years. During that time, I worked to improve information and support for victims, witnesses & bereaved families;and unpaid family carers. And I was a personnel manager.
I want to be as good a counsellor as I can be for my clients, so I'm committed to continuous training and learning. I have just completed training in inner relationship focusing, an approach which helps get in touch with the emotions and experiences we hold in our bodies. Other events I've attended and participated in recently have been about:-
- dealing with loss & grief
- binge eating & over-eating
- anger, rage and shame
- people affected by childhood sexual abuse
- using photographs in therapy
- working with transgender clients
- the rules and stories we live by
I also receive regular supervision to ensure that I work as ethically and effectively as possible.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As important as the challenges you face are the feelings they lead to. For various reasons, these often go unspoken. A lot of the work I do is with people who are wrestling with difficult feelings - such as anger, betrayal, blame, envy, guilt, isolation, loneliness, longing, regret, resentment and shame. These feelings are often based in childhood experiences and family dynamics, and go on to affect feelings of worth and relationships in later life.
I also have a particular interest in working with people who have suffered a hidden loss which isn't easily recognised, attracts little understanding, and can't be publicly or properly mourned. The loss might be a bereavement (people and pets) or it can be another type of loss (like your sense of yourself, your job or status, your health, a relationship, your hopes and dreams). If the loss isn't fully recognised and you can't grieve for it the way you need to, it's more difficult to deal with. In the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "There's no grief like the grief that goes unspoken".
I also work with people whose experiences and emotions are felt in the body as sensations, such as tingling, tightness or pains. Acknowledging these "felt senses" and being compassionate and/or curious about them can lead to relief or insight.
Whatever your challenges, they can affect so many things - your wellbeing, your relationship with yourself and with others, and your ability to lead a satisfying and fulfilled life. If you recognise any of what I've said here, and think I might be able to help, then please get in touch.
I charge £40 for an hour long session. If we haven’t worked together before, I offer a reduced rate of £25 for our initial session.
You can find out more about me and the work I do on my website. There's a section there on questions clients often ask about counselling but if it doesn’t answer all the queries you have, please just contact me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments in Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoon & evenings, Wednesday afternoon & early evening, and Thursday afternoons. My Musselburgh appointments are on Thursday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|