Experienced. Accredited. Supportive.
I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings since qualifying in 2006 and can offer you a safe and confidential counselling service.
My primary counselling qualification is in the Person-Centred Approach and through ongoing training my practice also draws on other counselling models and theories that can help me support you.
I see the role of a counsellor as one of a compassionate and confidential helper, supporting you to find the best way forward for you, not imposed by me, but discovered from within yourself.
As your counsellor I will always treat you with respect and integrity and will help you gain maximum benefit from your counselling experience. In sessions I will work at your pace and never push you to talk about things you aren’t ready to share. I will aim to help you gain insight into your problems and experiences so you can understand and accept yourself. I will then support you to make positive changes in your life.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including:
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement by Suicide, Depression/Low mood, Grief & Loss, Health Anxiety, Infertility, Relationship Issues, Resilience, Stress, Work-Related Issues, Worry. I offer counselling to adults over 18yrs and couples.
Browse my website and if you feel I might be someone you could talk to please contact me.
Qualifications and Experience
Relevant. Knowledge. Understanding.
BACP Accredited Counsellor (2007).
Post Grad. Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling. Aberdeen University (2006).
Human Relations and Counselling Skills Certificate. Dundee University (2003).
Level 3 Certificate in Online Counselling Skills (OLT) (2008).
Counselling Couples and Families Training (2007).
NHS Occupational Health Counselling Service: 13 years supporting NHS employees.
Infertility Counsellor: 9 years (ongoing) working in and for a licensed fertility centre.
Private Counselling Work: 8 years (ongoing) working with a small number of private clients.
NHS Working Health Service Counsellor: 9 years (ongoing) working with a wide variety of client issues.
NHS Neonatal Unit Counsellor: 8 months working with parents, carers and staff.
Counselling Agency; 9 years working with a wide variety of client issues.
Carers Agency: 6 years as the carers’ designated counsellor.
People Bereaved by Suicide Project: 2 years as the designated counsellor.
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association)
Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme Member.
Ethics and Supervision
Reliable. Principled. Reflective.
As a BACP member I have a contractual commitment to working in accordance with their current Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I also adhere to BICA’s Guidelines for Infertility Counselling Practice. Please visit the BACP and BICA websites for information regarding the Ethical Framework and Guidelines.
All personal information you share with me is kept in accordance with current General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
In counselling all personal details and session content remain strictly confidential unless there is a concern that you or someone else may be at risk of serious harm. Should this occur, your consent would be sought before breaking confidentiality. A full discussion of confidentiality will take place in the first counselling session.
To support my counselling practice, I receive regular supervision in accordance with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions from a qualified and experienced supervisor. My supervisor also follows the BACP Ethical Framework.