People come to counselling for a variety of reasons; it may be you are struggling to cope with recent change or there are long-standing concerns which you feel you would benefit from addressing with someone who is able to listen to you, offer acceptance and empathise.
As an integrative counsellor, I can tailor sessions to your particular needs, whether that be looking at how events in the past can influence our present, working on current experience or addressing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours.
I am a qualified, professional Counsellor with experience of working through a wide variety of issues with clients such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, spiritual crisis and bereavement. Within my practice, I provide a safe and confidential space where together we can address the life circumstances that are causing you distress.
Clients can attend for a short number of sessions or longer term counselling, we will work together to decide the best way forward for you.
Fees are £40 per session (one hour). I also offer half hour listening and support sessions by telephone or online, fee £20.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling
As a Counsellor Member of COSCA I work within its Statement on Ethics and Code of Practice and adhere to its complaints procedure.
I am an Accredited Counsellor Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors.
I comply with CPD (continuing professional development) requirements and also study topics I would like to develop within my practice. Recent areas of study include trauma, attachment, mindfulness and CBT.
I have recently completed a course in Online and Telephone Therapy to ensure my skills are up to date for working in these modes.
Outwith my private practice I volunteer with two charities, Frendz, Dumfries and also Borderline Counselling Service, Carlisle
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the 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
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Individuals aged 16 years and over - £45 per session
Sessions last 50 minutes to one hour
Fees payable by bank transfer 24 hours beforehand or in cash at session
Cancellations - A minimum of 24 hours notice is required if you need to cancel or postpone your appointment. Should you be unable to give this notice, there is a reduced fee of £20 payable.
Dumfries appointments available Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 7 pm. Occasional Saturday sessions available. Telephone and online appointments available during these times also.
I am available for EAP work
Currently all sessions are conducted either by telephone or online but I hope to be able to offer a limited number of face to face sessions towards the end of May 2021