I began my counselling training in 2006 at The University of Abertay Dundee, this was an exciting time to be entering the profession as Mick Cooper and John McLeod were simultaneously developing the Pluralistic approach and I was lucky to be in the first wave of counsellors trained in this theory directly by John and Julia McLeod. I qualified in 2009 and went on to study for the Masters degree, focusing my research on psychotherapeutic groups for people struggling with disordered eating. I trained with Julia Buckroyd in the Understanding your Eating program and went on work as a group and individual facilitator in this approach. Amongst my experiences I taught counselling skills to undergraduate nursing students for two years, worked as a researcher and also wrote a chapter on Pluralistic approaches to disordered eating in The Handbook of Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. I worked for a voluntary organisation with a wide range of clients for several years before starting out in private practice over 9 years ago. I offer appointments face to face from my office in Montrose (which I share with Sunny the emotional support dog) or online/telephone options.
My fees are £75 per 90 minutes/£50 per hour. I describe my counselling/supervision approach as down to earth, collaborative, welcoming, supportive and creative.
I also hold a HND in communications (advertising and marketing) and can offer one-off/brief consultancy appointments for newly established therapists on setting up a successful private practice. Fees are as above.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
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