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
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.