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MBACP, CPCAB, BA(HONS)

About me

You are the expert of your life!

I am a pluralistic counsellor with 25 years of experience working in restorative roles with adults,  children, and young people in a variety of settings from youth and community centres,  to schools and counselling agencies today providing one-to-one counselling in a client-led fashion.   Counselling is a way to support anyone struggling with their mental health who may feel that they are in crisis.  The basic principle of pluralistic therapy is that people can be helped in different ways, at different times in their lives and by different processes and activities.  My therapeutic approach will help you to identify areas that are causing you difficulty, support you to set goals and intentions for what you wish to achieve, and to collaborate together around what we feel is best for you at this time facilitating change in the areas of life that you are struggling with.

Counselling will help you identify and move past the obstacles that may have been keeping you back in your life and to identify your personal values and strengths. It will empower you to see your life through a different lens, to gain new perspectives and achieve the outcomes you’re striving for in your life. No-one can predict the future but we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. With my counselling sessions, you’ll learn about acceptance and how to deal with whatever life may throw at you.

I am a qualified adult, child and adolescent therapist currently working as a School counsellor as well as an Adult counsellor within my current private practice.

Child and Youth counselling is similar to adult in terms of the purpose, goals, and problems it can address, but it differs with the focus of explaining these topics in a youth friendly way.  Techniques and exercises offer ways that are appropriate, to your age, to understand yourself in the world.  You may prefer to talk,  play games, do activities or complete exercises and we can decide together what we feel suits and will be most helpful for you. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Membership​s

Training: MSc Pluralistic Counselling / University of Abertay 2021
Training: Level 4 Counselling Children and Young People / Place2be UK / 2021
Cosca Certificate in Counselling Skills / Edinburgh College / 2018
BA(Hons) Community Education / University of Edinburgh / 2001

BACP Membership: British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy / Registered Member: MBACP 391156)
CPCAB Membership: Counselling Children and Young People

Member organisations

BACP

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

Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Cost per Session: £55 with discounts for clients who book for 6 sessions or more.

Lower rate of £45 for self-financing students, low income or by agreement.

Further information

Life Academy have a rigorous health and safety protocol regarding Covid resulting in thorough deep cleans, air purifying systems, hand sanitising systems, chair and sofa hygiene protocols as well as the wearing of masks in communal areas and therapy rooms if decided by counsellor and clients.

For your comfort and safety, I can offer both face to face and online sessions giving you the flexibility to choose a location where you feel at ease to begin this journey. ​

My practice is based at the Life Academy Wellbeing Centre, a secret little gem based in Morningside.

The building is accessible and convenient for car or public transport. We offer a quiet and discreet entrance for privacy. 

Free, private parking is available on request.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance. 

The Life Academy Wellbeing Centre, 3b Greenhill Park, Morningside, Edinburgh, EH10 4DW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.