About me

No two people are the same. I will work with you to create an environment where you feel safe to trust me and the counselling process.

I am trained to work with a wide range of skills and techniques from various counselling theories. Once you have set your goal, I will suggest techniques and approaches that we could work with together, ultimately, it is your choice and if you find an approach isn't working for you, we will find another.

Approaches and techniques which I use are: EMDR, CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,  Constructive Therapy, and somatic therapy.

I am fully qualified and highly experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor, EMDR and mental health and wellbeing practitioner with over 25 years experience working within the NHS and third sector: supporting adults and young people to identify and explore issues, situations and emotions which are causing distress in their lives and support them to take action and move forward.

My Approach

I will work with you with respect and as an individual. I will not judge you or give you advice.  I will support you to identify what you want to achieve from counselling and together we will set goals and review our work. I have the skills and experience to help you through this process.

You will receive a service from me which is tailored to meet your needs, which supports you to face the issues/emotions which are causing you distress and take action: not only will you have my support within the face to face sessions but if appropriate I can provide you with reading materials and strategies which you can focus on in between sessions; referrals to organisations/services and provide written reports if required.

As an accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I have undertaken a robust  assessment by the BACP which involves the submission of written work on theory and practice, a case study and supporting supervisors report. I  have been proven " to meet the standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner" and approved to receive accreditation status. I am one of a few accredited counsellors working in this area on the counselling directory.

It can be a  difficult decision choosing a counsellor, I would happy to have an informal chat with you prior to make any appointments.

What is EMDR?

Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).  EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of trauma and disturbing life experiences. EMDR therapy demonstrates that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

With trauma a moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR  session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep.

EMDR featured on BBC Radio 4’s IPM recently. The programme told the story of a woman revisiting intense experiences of being bullied very early in life. Listen to her story here:


Training, qualifications & experience


EMDR Training (All Levels 1,2,3) - Richman EMDR Training
Masters of Education - Northern College of Further Education
PostGraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Abertay
Postgraduate Diploma in Community Education - Northern College of Further Education
Bachelor of Design (Hons) Ceramics - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Certificate in Art Therapy - Edinburgh University Settlement


As an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I have to ensure that I complete at least 30 hours training each year. I receive training each year in child and adult protection and additional training which supports my development as a therapist and enhances my work with clients.

I have undertaken specialist counselling training in Alcohol misuse and Eating Disorders: have extensive specialist training in Mental health and Wellbeing: Suicide Prevention: Health Behavioural Change Coaching and Mindfulness Training.

Through my work with trauma I have a growing interest in how the brain works and how trauma impacts on both our bodies and minds. I incorporate somatic healing techniques in my work with clients. I have specialist training in trauma work, working with shame, self doubt and how trauma affects the limbic system.


I have extensive experience in working with young people and adults.

Young People

I have experience of supporting  young people to understand their emotions and feelings and manage distress in relation to the following areas and learn strategies to cope with: trauma and distress, living in a step family/divorce and separation; domestic abuse; alcohol misuse - (either their own or that of a parent/family member); self harm; low self esteem  and self confidence, body image; depression, anxiety and anger; loss, uncertainty, change, gender and sexuality.


I also have experience of supporting adults with similar issues, in addition to these I have supported adults with the following issues;  long term health conditions, mental health problems, trauma, bereavement, personal assault, addiction, relationship issues and loss of hope.

Group Work

I am an experienced trainer and groupwork facilitator in mental health and wellbeing groups and courses, including Scotlands Mental Health First Aid course. I deliver counselling groups on anxiety, building self esteem and self confidence; anger;  creativity and wellbeing.

Referrals to other agencies/services

I have an extensive understanding of support organisations and services in Dundee and Angus, and comprehensive referral routes which can be utilised by any of my clients who wish to do so.

Personal insurance/membership/supervision

I have personal insurance and a current Disclosure Scotland check. I am an accredited member of the BACP, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I work within the ethical guidelines of the BACP and have a confidentiality policy which  I will  discuss with you.

I have monthly supervision which is a quality control mechanism to ensure that I am working in the best possible way with clients.

Please see my website for more information about me and how i work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£75.00 per session

Additional information

I am currently working with adults and young people over 14 years old.

I have late afternoon, evening and weekend availability

My fees reflect my experience, skills and the quality of service that you will receive.

My fees are £75 per session


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Evening and weekend appointments

Further information

Accredited Member of the BACP

Client Testimonials

"Because of working with Theresa I was able to look in the mirror and recognise myself again".

"I found talking to Theresa very easy from the start because she is genuinely interested in you as a person and is very quick to grasp the situation.  She opened up new lines of thought and introduced me to some techniques which helped enormously both in the short term and long term giving me more confidence to face situations and deal with some issues. ".   Male client

"Theresa has been wonderful to work with over the past few months.  She has a warm and welcoming personality that put me at ease almost immediately and which made the sometimes daunting task of talking about myself much easier to do.  She's an excellent listener and what's more really seems to hear the things you say, reflecting and remembering for later.  She's flexible in her methods and offers you the chance to do things the way that works best for you, whatever that might be.

Theresa has really helped me think through things and put structures in place for dealing with anything that life might throw at me, making me more confident and content right here and now.  I've enjoyed our sessions and would highly recommend her to anyone for a kind and encouraging counsellor in Tayside". Female Client

"Theresa really is interested in you as a person, and really listens to what you have to say. She works in a way which suits me and has helped me tremendously in dealing with my issues and becoming more self reliant"  Male Client

"Going to counselling with Theresa is one of the most useful things I have ever done.  It has really increased my confidence and had a very positive impact on my relationships with those closest to me.  Theresa is a sensitive and caring professional who encourages you to take responsibility for your own emotional wellbeing in a support ive way.  She made me challenge my own roles and behaviour and those of others in my life. This encouraged me to look at my life afresh and to adopt strategies that helped me feel happier and more in control".  Female Client

312 Broughty Ferry Road
Broughty Ferry


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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