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About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor who mainly utilises the person-centred approach. I have worked in the fields of mental health, addictions, and community development for 23 years and have an academic background in Psychology.

I see clients privately in the village of Kilbarchan and I also manage an award winning community project and charity in Paisley (STAR Project) offering a variety of therapeutic group-work, individual support, befriending, training and counselling.

I can work with individuals on a short or longer term basis and have experience with a wide range of issues including: depression, low self-esteem, anxiety and stress, bereavement, relationship and family problems, anger management, loss of confidence, abuse (childhood and gender based), self harm and work related issues. I aim to foster a relaxed and sensitive environment where you will be listened to with respect and acceptance.

I can offer appointments in Kilbarchan where there is ample free parking as well as a comfortable waiting area. I am a registered member with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

PG Diploma Counselling - University of Strathclyde

BSc (hons) Psychology - The Open University

Attachment Based Interviewing - Aberlour

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy level 2 - Dr Dan Hughes

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy level 1 - Dr Dan Hughes

Counselling Problem Gamblers Advanced (GamCare)

Counselling Skills in Bereavement & Loss (30 hrs) - The Sanctuary

Counselling Problem Gamblers (GamCare)

Addictions, Drugs and Alcohol - UWS

Counselling skills 1 & 2 - addictions - RCA Trust

Motivational Interviewing - Glasgow Homeless Network    
Volunteer Counselling Training - Solution Focused Therapy - RAMH

Mindfulness for stress reduction - Mindfulness Scotland

Sandtray Therapy - Wellsprings - Harrogate

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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


Additional information

I offer an initial free 30 - 40 minute session to allow us the opportunity to meet up and discuss your needs. There is no obligation for you to continue attending should you not feel comfortable in doing so. It is important to me that you find the right counsellor.

The cost of each session is £50 for individuals. Missed appointments and those cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to paying the full session fee.

When I work

Currently have very limited availability

Kilbarchan Chiropody & Therapies, 10 Steeple Street, Kilbarchan, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, PA10 2JE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme