I am a professional counsellor with a calm, confident manner. With over 20 years experience working with children, young people and adults in a variety of settings, my hope is that our work together offers you a supportive relationship where you can explore your the issues that concern you the impact they are having on you. My experience extends to working with people who bring a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, traumatic experiences and bereavement.
Having studied with Persona and Stirling University I achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also hold an Honours degree in Social Work attained at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and a Diploma in Health & Social Care from the Open University. My background gives me a depth of knowledge and understanding about the issues that might bring someone to seek counselling, and how to offer appropriate support to find a way through the circumstances they are facing. My core training is in Person Centred Therapy, as such I am committed to offering a relationship in which the individual feels able to express themselves freely, without fear of judgement or censure.
I have a particular interest in psychological trauma and the way in which we respond to and find growth out of adversity. As part of my committment to continued professional development I am working towards gaining a Masters in Trauma Studies with the University of Nottingham.
In addition to my core training, I have completed training in the following:-
- ASIST suicide intervention
- Working with male victims of domestic abuse (Respect)
- Working with Trauma
I have experience in offering short term, brief therapy in the context of Employee Assistance Programmes together with longer term work with clients. Some of the issues brought by clients include:-
- Alcohol and substance misuse
- Anger management
- Childhood abuse
- Divorce and separation
- Domestic abuse
- Eating disorders
- Health concerns
- Physical abuse and assault
- Rape and sexual abuse
- Relationship issues
- Self harm
- Suicidal ideation
- Work and employment issues
I am a competent and confident practitioner, having worked in a variety of settings including the public sector, voluntary organisations and private sector companies including Therapeutic Counselling Services Ltd, North Lanarkshire Council, Children 1st and the NSPCC.
I am a member of the BACP and am bound to work within their Ethical Framework, I also receive regular clinical supervision and undertake continued professional development.