The first step on the path to change is acknowledging that change is necessary, and possible. Trying to achieve this can be daunting and overwhelming; however, there is no need to struggle with this alone.
What you can expect when meeting me: a friendly, warm and direct middle aged woman with a sense of humour, which has served me well getting through life so far! I am always happy to learn more about the human condition in his multi coloured shades. Be assured I will try to make you feel welcomed and at ease.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that each of us holds the answers to our own issues within. My role here is to help you recognise these, and with collaboration, support you in working through them. I will aim to create a trusting counselling relationship throughout our sessions, where you can feel able to express your feelings in an empathic and accepting environment. Through this collaboration, our aim would be for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, in turn facilitating the change you are aspiring to achieve.
Over the years, I have worked in various settings, including Counselling Agencies, Charities, Employee Assistance Programme and in High Schools. My work has covered a diverse set of peoples issues, ranging from trauma, bereavement and addiction, to relationship issues or any other aspects of life which may have become a burden.
I appreciate how difficult it can be to ask for help but please feel invited to get in touch to discuss your issues and any questions you may have…either by phone or in person at our initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I hold a COSCA Certificate in Counselling (Edinburgh College)
- A Post-Graduate Certificate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen.
- A COSCA validated Post-graduate Certificate in Children and Young People.
- CRUSE Scotland - Specialist Course in Bereavement and Loss
- I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical Framework for Good Practice.
- I also hold Professional Protection and public Liability Insurance with the Psychologists Protection Society.
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
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
£50.00 per session
Our initial session will give you the opportunity to assess if you feel comfortable to work with me. Furthermore we can discuss what has brought you to counselling, and how you would like to proceed.
The intention is to meet weekly, at the same time and on the same day. These sessions are in person at a time that suits you.
I offer both short-term and long-time counselling. Regular reviews give you the opportunity to voice if the counselling is working for you.