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(PgDip Couns., Reg. MCOSCA)

About me

Welcome. I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and trauma therapist based in Edinburgh. I provide one-to-one therapy sessions in clinics at Bruntsfield and Bristo Place. I also offer online sessions.

How Counselling & Psychotherapy can help:

I offer psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy, which is a traditional talking therapy. This form of therapy is useful in thinking about and reflecting upon feelings, thoughts, behaviours and patterns that may be causing you discomfort or distress.

Psychodynamic therapy can help you to understand the influence of your earlier experiences on your present issues, ways of coping and patterns of relating. These insights can lead to greater self-awareness, healthier relationships with yourself and others, and the emergence of new ways of being and responding.

It can be beneficial in dealing with specific issues such as addiction, anger, anxiety, depression, loss and childhood trauma, as well as less clearly defined issues such as difficulties in forming or maintaining close relationships, and feeling lost or stuck in life. It is well-suited to those who are self-reflective and committed to their own personal growth and development.

How Trauma therapy can help:

I offer a form of trauma therapy called the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM).

Trauma can leave us feeling deeply wounded, helpless and hopeless, anxious, fearful, angry, ashamed and distrustful. Or you may struggle to feel anything at all, becoming numb, disconnected from others and detached from yourself. And one part of you may feel quite differently to another part of you.

Comprehensive Resource Model is a structured approach to trauma recovery that draws upon body-based grounding techniques, rhythmic breathing sequences and internal resourcing to create a sense of embodied containment, prior to processing trauma.

It can work gently but powerfully to heal the emotional and somatic legacy of trauma and foster a deep sense of intrapersonal connection and integration. It is particularly helpful in working with anger, anxiety, attachment issues, complex post traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), ‘parts’ of self, phobias, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Making an Initial Appointment:

Embarking on therapy is often daunting and while the process of growth, personal change and healing is extremely rewarding it can also be very challenging. It is therefore important to engage in a therapeutic relationship that feels right for you. An initial assessment session gives us the opportunity to get to know one another and decide if we would like to work together. If we agree to proceed we would meet at the same place and time each week for a 50-minute session.

If you would like to find out more or are considering booking an appointment, I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified and insured, COSCA-registered, counsellor and psychotherapist. I trained in both the psychodynamic and person-centred approaches at the University of Edinburgh. I really care about helping people to heal from trauma, which inspired me to undertake additional trauma-specific training in the Comprehensive Resource Model.

I am committed to evolving and developing as a practitioner and I therefore engage in regular supervision, undertake a variety of CPD activities and invest in my own personal and professional development.

Member organisations


College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)

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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

Accredited Register Scheme

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College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists


Additional information

Standard session: £50.00

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH10

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme