For the last 14 years I have been working therapeutically with children and families. My journey as a therapist started when I trained as a Play Therapist. For the last 6 years I have worked as a manager and area manager across Scotland for an organisation that delivers school based counselling. In the last 6 years I have been delivering clinical supervision on a weekly basis. In 2019 I was awarded the COSCA Certificate in Clinical Supervision with a pass mark of 88%.
I would describe myself as an integrative/trans-theroretical therapist and supervisor. I draw from a number of theories in my work. For me Person Centred Counselling and Psychodynamic Therapy are my two main go tos. I feel that this works well as the relationships between the child and family members are well supported by psychodynamic thinking and person centered practice.
Prior to my work as a therapist I worked extensively in education and social work fields; often in multi-disciplinary teams and in supportive roles. I believe that this adds to the quality of supervision I can offer as I am often able to have a good understanding of the children and familes you may be working with. In my management roles particularly I dealt with numerous safeguarding and child protection concerns.
I offer specalised clinical supervision to anyone working therapeutically with babies, children and/or families. I have an abundance of experience of working in an integrative manner using play therapy as my main tool when working with children and adolescents.
I have undertaken training in Filial Therapy (Gary Landreth CPRT), Family Therapy (Family Therapy Training Network), and recently in Infant Mental Health (University of Warwick IMHOL). As well as membership to BACP I am also a member of the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH).
I enjoy working with counselling and play therapy students right through to experienced therapists.
My private practice, Mothership Counselling Services (MCS), is focused on working with women during pregnancy, post-natally and beyond with any concerns, diffculties or mental health issues they are experiencing regarding themselves or their child(ren) due to pregnancy or the challenges of motherhood. Please see www.mother-ship.co.uk