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Dip. Couns, MBACP

About me

You may be feeling anxious and stressed, perhaps your mood is low too. Maybe you are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or a bit hopeless. These feelings can be all-consuming and it may be really hard to see a way forwards.

I can help you to explore what's going on for you in a warm and welcoming space. You don't need to know 'what's wrong' or what you'll say when we meet. Often it's not clear in the beginning. Being with someone who has no agenda for you is uncommon in everyday life, and this can help you to put words to your experience and begin expressing yourself more freely. I won't judge your thoughts and feelings and I will gently support you to get to know any judgement that you may hold towards yourself. 

Whatever you bring to our sessions, I will listen closely and share with you my sense of your experience.  This can help you to hear yourself and connect with your innate inner direction, which can show up in many ways e.g. it might be the way you know that my understanding of something you've said isn't quite right. It may be the sense of ease or surge of energy you feel when you have been understood just right, and this can open up the possibility to explore further. We can work together to get to know these sensations and listen to the information they have for you, which will help you to build trust in yourself. 

Counselling can help you to move towards a stronger and more compassionate relationship with yourself, which supports you in managing all aspects of your life.

We will work together, at your pace and at a depth that feels right for you. 

How do I get in touch?

Please email or send a message to ask any questions or to arrange a first session. I am happy to answer any questions you have and hopefully put your mind at ease. Finding a counsellor that feels a good fit is an important part of therapy, so I offer a first session at a reduced rate of £35.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from Persona/Aberdeen University as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling from Edinburgh University.

I regularly attend training courses for my professional development. Most recently I have been exploring my interest in therapeutic writing after trauma, and learning about interpersonal neurobiology which is an approach to understanding human beings based on the relationship between the body, brain and mind. I am interested in how we can access the wisdom in our bodies to give us the fullest opportunity to help ourselves move towards health.

I have experience working at two Edinburgh-based counselling agencies, as well as in private practice, with clients who have experience of and issues relating to:

depression, anxiety, childhood abuse, trauma, family conflict, loss, stress, loneliness, sexuality, perfectionism, overworking and burnout, and a search for self/identity.

This is not an exhaustive list and you do not need to see yourself in any of these concerns to get in touch with me. I work with you, as a whole person, as we explore what brings you to see me.

I have significant experience with my own counselling. As well as increasing my self-awareness and understanding, this helps me to fully appreciate the vulnerability and uncertainty of being a client and what it can take to talk about difficult feelings and experiences. I will gladly discuss any concerns you have at any stage of the process. I see my experiences as a client as a central part of my practice and as a rich support for our therapeutic work together.

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

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session

Additional information

I currently offer face-to-face, online and telephone counselling

My fee is £50 and sessions last 50 minutes. I can sometimes offer a concession of £35.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work in person on Fridays in the West end of Edinburgh. I work online/by phone Monday, Tuesday and Thursday daytime. I have occasional evening slots available. Please get in touch.

Further information

I will need to collect some basic information from you so that I can contact you and in case of emergency. This information will be stored in accordance with GDPR and not used for any other purpose.

I am a member of BACP and I abide by their code of ethics.

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8

Type of session

In person

Types of client