About Me

Whilst working in a complementary health centre, I developed an interest in personal growth, community work and spirituality. This led me to study Community Education. The majority of my working life has been in the voluntary sector doing community work, community activism and in residential care looking after young people. My interest in counselling grew from completing an introduction to counselling for a new job. I felt incredibly lucky to discover something else I loved doing. I completed my counselling training over a number of years whilst bringing up my five children.

Training


I am trained in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a Counsellor Member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Qualifications


Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy – DipHE Perth UHI
COSCA Skills Certificate in Counselling – Borders College
Health and Social Care CertHE – The Open University


I work within the COSCA ethical framework and receive regular supervision from an external supervisor. I participate in continuous professional development to enhance and develop my practice.


I work with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, bereavement, abuse, low mood, relationship issues, (including domestic abuse), anger, addiction, redundancy, self-harm, gender and sexuality, spirituality and long term health conditions. I have experience of working with people who have diverse backgrounds, identities, cultures and religious beliefs.


Counselling can help us re-connect with the essence of who we are. A time and space to press the pause button and talk about what is happening within our lives and our relationships. My style of working is based on building a trusting and open relationship with the client, which is the basis for all therapeutic work.


Daily interactions with family and friends can often leave us feeling as if we only talk about the everyday parts of our lives. Therapy does not fix you but it can help you gain insight and perspective on your life; offering a bird’s eye view of what is going on. Being able to explore your experiences in a safe and welcoming space, is at the heart of the therapeutic process.

COSCA
PSA accreditation
People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being