I am a BACP accredited counsellor with several years experience in both short and long-term work. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental space for individuals and couples.
People come to counselling for many different reasons. It may be that you need support to develop better ways of coping in times of stress, or explore your own ways of behaving and relating to other people. By understanding yourself better you then have more choice in how you lead your life.
Counselling can also help you come to terms with the past and accept the things you can’t change. It can give you the courage and confidence to do some things differently and break out of patterns where you get stuck.
It can also be helpful if you’re feeling a lack of fulfilment, or are looking for clearer direction and meaning in your life. Or perhaps you may want to develop your creativity, explore your spirituality, or simply grow as a person.
Couples Counselling is to help you communicate better and explore your difficulties as a couple. As the counsellor I’m there to make sure you’re both properly heard. I’m on both your sides, whatever the outcome, and I don’t judge.
How I work
As an Integrative Counsellor I draw on different models to suit each individual. I work within a Psychodynamic and Humanistic framework and also use elements of Art Therapy and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) when appropriate.
I have considerable experience working short-term for a limited number of sessions, including within the EAP (Employment Support Programme) framework. In this instance the focus is often on problem resolution.
I also have experience in long-term open-ended work.
What you should expect from the initial session?
You can contact me either by call or text on 07870 647280 or click here to send me an email to book an initial assessment session. During this first session we'll discuss the issues that you would like some help with, and how best I can help you. I can also any questions you may have.
It is important that you feel comfortable talking to me, and also that I feel that I'm the right person to help you. If you feel you'd like to come and see me again we would then plan a couple more sessions and take it from there.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their ethical standards and code of practice.
I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling (CiiC) and a Relationships Scotland Certificate in Couple Counselling.
I’m also a COSCA accredited trainer in Counselling Skills.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Personal Insight Workshops
I also run personal insight workshops with my husband. These workshops are based around our life stories. The Stories We Tell weekends and are open to anyone who is looking for personal or professional development.
Please see the website for more details of all our courses, including the week long residential in Sardinia in September.
“Thank you so very much for one of the most insightful weekends I have ever had.” Miranda McHardy, counsellor.
The fee is £50 per 50 min session for individuals and £70 per 75 min session for couples.
The initial consultation gives you the opportunity for us to meet and find out more about counselling and discuss any concerns you may have. If you decide to go ahead, we may agree on a set number of sessions or choose to keep it ‘open-ended’.
Sessions take place in a private and comfortable setting and last 50 minutes for individuals and an hour for couples, usually on a weekly basis.
Daytime 8 - 5. Early evenings.
There is free parking on the street, and we’re close to public transport links.
We're the middle house in the row of Victorian semi-detached houses on Perth Road with the name Cairnlea over the front door.