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About me

There are times in our lives when things can feel overwhelming, sad, frightening or confusing. Change and loss either through bereavement or long term illness, unemployment, breakdown in relationships are just a few examples of what may cause us anxiety and distress. It is those times we may feel that it would be helpful to speak to someone other than a family member or friend. Counselling may seem daunting but it takes courage to make the decision to seek help which should be seen as a strength not a weakness.

I offer a safe confidential space where you will be encouraged to explore what is causing pain, where you can gain a deeper understanding and different perspective on what is going on for you. Together we can find ways of healing in areas of your life you may wish to change. I believe the therapeutic relationship is unique and essential to facilitate this change and I offer a non-judgmental and accepting way of working at a pace appropriate to your needs. this allows growth and resilience which can help you to begin to feel more positive in life and the joy of that sense of self returning, giving you confidence and belief in yourself again.

Everyone is different and therefore I offer working creatively through the use of a sand tray which allows the unconscious to open up when words are too difficult.  Some people find drawing is helpful.  I live in a rural area and I offer walk and talk therapy which helps people to feel closer to nature and allows them to express themselves more freely. 

I am a qualified Person-Centred counsellor with experience in a diverse range of issues. I have worked several years as a voluntary counsellor with a Charity which offers generic counselling for both couples and inidviduals I also worked in a GP Practice and worked as a volunteer in Crossing Borders working with people from Eastern European countries settling in Perthshire. I initially started my counselling career with Cruse Bereavement Care. I have considerable experience in Mental Health issues from my previous career as a social worker.  I am a qualified Couple Counsellor and Supervisor.

I am a registered Member of the British of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical standards and practice

I regularly keep up with continual professional development by attending further training. I also attend monthly supervision to ensure good practice.

I offer online counselling via Zoom or email and in April will work face to face in my home in Aboyne.  Sessions are 50 minutes, either short /long term working and weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

I offer a free 20 minute phone or online session which enables you to ask any questions and get a feel whether I am the right person for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate  2020

Emotion Focussed Therapy - Strathclyde University Glasgow 2016
Advanced Post Diploma in Person-Centred Couple Counselling - Counselling Works Stoney Strattford 2013
Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling -University of Aberdeen 2012
CBCS/COSCA Certificate in Bereavement counselling skills - Cruse Glasgow 2008
Diploma in Social Work - John Moores University Liverpool 1994

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Spiritual Abuse and Faith Issues


£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

£45 per 50 minute session for individuals
£55 per 1 hr for couples
Initial appointment free.

Concessions available

Supervision £40.00, Students £30.00 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday and Tuesday 2pm to 7pm

Wednesday 9.30 to 11.30

Thursday 9.30 to 10.30 and 1pm to 7pm

Friday 9.30 to 2pm

Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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In person

I did my supervisor training under COSCA' s counselling supervision course, qualifying in 2020. I currently see students and qualified counsellors.

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