Current situation: If you have ever previously seen me for counselling and need some help during the current outbreak, please feel free to get in touch. For the duration of the virus I will not be making appointments with new people seeking counselling, and I do not counsel on the phone or through web-based platforms EXCEPT on a temporary basis with people I have already met in person.
However, if I have not met you before and you are interested in a personal introduction to Focusing (cf Gene Gendlin's book of the same name) I am prepared to meet you via FaceTime or Zoom. Please email me in the first instance and tell me you are interested in Focusing only.
The following is my usual, non-Covid-19 blurb:
I practise person-centred counselling, face to face,with individuals or couples of any age, background or experience. I work with people of any gender, age, sexuality, minority ethnic culture, class or religion. I am as happy listening to people who come with an immediate crisis as with people who are exploring subtle or long-standing issues.
My starting point is respect for each person who comes to counselling: you are the expert on your own life, and the source and director of your own growth and healing process. How we work together depends upon your wishes and needs, matched with my experience and ability; I believe that for counselling/therapy to be effective, the relationship we form must be based upon mutual trust.
Appointments generally last an hour or another duration you prefer, and take place in a quiet counselling room close to Kelvingrove Park. I can also see clients at my home in North Kelvinside.
If you know you would like to see me, please get in touch and we can arrange our first session. If you are comparing several counsellors, please ask me specifically for a free half-hour session. This gives you the chance to meet me and make a decision with no obligation. If you choose me, we would then arrange to have a full length 'first session'.
Originally from London, I have been living in Glasgow for over 25 years.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills (1993)
Certificate in Counselling Theory (1994)
University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills (2009)
University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (2011)
Centre for Meditative Listening Certificate in Meditative Listening (2017)
British Focusing Association Certificate of Focusing Skills (2017)
COSCA Counselling Supervision Certificate (2017)
COSCA Introduction to Group Counselling Skills (2018)
Centre for Meditative Listening Advanced Training: Practitioner of Meditative Listening (2019)
The British Focusing Association Focusing Teacher certification (2019)
I have been working as a volunteer counsellor at the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow since 2010 as well as working independently since 2014.
I am qualified to teach experiential focusing and listening to individuals and groups.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Creative blocks, Inner child work
Lack of motivation, Life transitions
Perfectionism, Personal growth
Problems that have no name, or are hard to pin down
Fees to be agreed at the first session on the basis of affordability. I can offer reduced fees to anyone depending on circumstances. Standard hourly rate for those who can afford it, £45.
Please do not get in touch by phone or email for a counselling therapy/appointment UNLESS I have met you before - but if I have met you previously, you are very welcome to contact me and we can arrange a phone or online meeting. I am not always free to answer the phone, please leave a voicemail or text if you cannot get hold of me straight away and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.