Counselling is a safe place for you to stop, take stock and explore the parts of your life that you are finding difficult. It is a time for you to use for whatever you decide, without pressure or judgement.
You can use counselling for all sorts of issues, for example trouble with alcohol, bereavement, relationship difficulties, harassment at work, sexual abuse, breakup, stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or decision-making. Dealing with ‘unwanted habits’ of whatever kind can be a large part of counselling. Counselling can also be useful in helping us to understand the periods of change that we experience so frequently in our fast-moving world.
My method of counselling is called person-centred. This recognises that we all experience our lives in our own individual way. It may not feel this way, but you have the potential to know more about yourself than anyone else. My job is to help you understand yourself better and find your own inner compass so you make decisions which suit you better. I aim to accompany you on your journey and help you build confidence in your ability to be in charge of your life.
Some people come for just a few sessions, some for longer. It’s entirely up to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started counselling in 1996 when I began working with Breakthrough for Women, a counselling and information project run by Glasgow City Council. Since then, I’ve worked in a busy GP practice in the NHS, at Napiers Herbal Healthcare, with PCT Glasgow, in the Consulting Rooms in the City Centre and in a designated room in my own home.
I have a CQSW from my days in social work and gained a Diploma in Counselling (person-centred) from the University of Strathclyde in 1999. I’m a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I was accredited with that organisation for a number of years but this lapsed when I took a couple of years out to pursue other work. However, I still follow the BACP code of ethics and standards and have an independent supervisor to keep me on track. I’m also a member of PCT Scotland.
I have taught in prisons and worked as a telephone counsellor for a large medical insurance company.
In addition to this, I am a published author and use my tiny campervan as a creative space and retreat, escaping to the wilds whenever I can. I have two adult children.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a generic counselling service which responds to whatever you bring, but I also have extensive experience in sexual abuse and trauma.
£50 per hour session from 10th August 2020
Days and evenings
I'm in Shawlands, Southside of Glasgow