My aim is to work with you in a collaborative way, supporting you in your exploration of sensitive issues, emotions and behavioural patterns to help you make sense of and find a way through what is blocking your potential for happiness and wellbeing. I offer a confidential space for you to talk and be heard; a genuine human encounter that is warm, empathic and non judgemental. I believe the quality of relationship between therapist and client is important in facilitating growth and healing and I hope to put you at ease so that you feel safe and held in this process. Also key to my approach is the understanding that as individuals we need different things at different times and that a person-centred approach whereby we work organically, at your pace and with tailored support is the best way forward.
My therapeutic work integrates Person Centred, Compassion Focused and Mindfulness approaches. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including long term depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, relationship and family issues, abuse and trauma. Areas of speciality include working with depression, anxiety, shame, identity, spirituality and existential issues.
I incorporate Mindfulness into my therapeutic work but also offer specific training in Mindfulness both in groups and one to one sessions. I offer training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Compassion / Self Compassion.
My private practice is based in peaceful and comfortable premises in the Park / Charing Cross area of Glasgow minutes from Charing Cross railway station and St George's Cross subway.
I also offer Counselling, Psychotherapy and Mindfulness coaching remotely via Skype and telephone.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work in accordance with BACP's Code of Ethics and am subject to its Complaint Procedure.
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Strathclyde.
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Compassion Focused Therapy - Levels 1 & 2 with Professor Paul Gilbert OBE
Mindfulness Teacher Training at Bangor University - one of only three Teacher Training providers in the UK for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
Mindfulness Practitioner training with the Mindfulness Association
Mindful Self Compassion Core Skills Training with Drs Chris Germer & Kristin Neff
Registered member of the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme run by Disclosure Scotland.
In addition to my private practice, I work for the Tom Allan Centre (counselling service for Crossreach) in Glasgow
Experience also includes counselling at the Tom Allan Centre, Anniesland College and mentoring students with disability at the University of Glasgow.
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
£50 per therapeutic hour (50mins)
I offer an initial 30 minute meeting free of charge.
This provides an opportunity to decide whether working together is the best way forward at this time.
Office times - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12.30-8.30pm Skype / Telephone appointments - flexible
I have been training in Buddhist psychology and meditation for over 18 years and during this time have completed around four and a half years of meditation retreat. This has given me extensive personal experience of the inner workings of the mind and has equipped me well in facilitating others with their process. I have deep experience of transpersonal psychology and am able to support clients who require someone with experience in this area. Whilst honouring an individual's values and beliefs, my therapeutic work is purely secular but aims to weave what I have found to be helpful from both eastern and western psychological approaches.