Welcome

In visiting my website you are probably considering how counselling might be able to help you or, more specifically, how I can help you. You may be struggling at the moment and wondering how to cope. I am here to lend you some hope until you are able to find your own.

I am passionately committed to helping my clients find a way of working through whatever issues are troubling them. Firstly, you need to know if I am safe to work with. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their ethical framework.

You may also be wondering if I know enough and have enough experience to be able to help you. I qualified as a counsellor in June 2007, graduating from the University of Highlands & Islands (Moray College). I qualified as a counselling supervisor in 2009. In 2015/16 I undertook training in Sex/Porn Addiction (which qualifies me to work with both people with addiction and partners), gaining an ISAT diploma in Sex/Porn Addiction.

I have worked in private practice, GP practices, for healthcare companies and as a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland. I have supervised both experienced and trainee counsellors. Currently my clients contact me after reading my website or seeing my profile on the ATSAC register, UKRCP register or Counselling Directory, or they are referred by their GP, private healthcare company or through a workplace health scheme. I work with individual clients (age 16+ years).

An important consideration is – will we get on? I hope that in browsing my website you will get an idea of who I am, the way in which I work and what’s important to me. If you feel we would be able to work together please contact me and I will reply within 24 hours.

AN UPDATE TO MY AVAILABILITY IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES – Until such a time it is deemed safe enough to meet face to face, I will be continuing to offer sessions via video calling. The purpose of this is to find a balance between continuation of the work we are doing together and keeping everyone (and those we subsequently have contact with) as well and safe as possible. I have used video calling for a number of years and while it can’t ever be as good as being in the same room together, it is the next best option.

 NEW CLIENTS are welcome to contact me to begin sessions (whether we eventually work face to face or not).

Some considerations are:

  • I will ensure a confidential space by making sure no one at my end is able to see or overhear your sessions (the same as not having someone in the room or lurking around outside when you have face to face sessions).
  • You will need to be able to make sure you can find a private space where you won’t be interrupted or overheard. This might mean extra consideration given to choosing a time when you won’t feel anxious about this. I often see clients who are in their car – easier now that the weather is getting warmer.
  • Sometimes the quality of the call is variable and patience is needed to perhaps ask for the other person to repeat what they have just said. If the sound is continuously poor I can telephone you, we can put our phones on speaker and switch the microphone off on the video call. This improves the video quality yet ensures the flow of the session.
  • It’s easier to use a full size computer/laptop so that you can sit more comfortably without craning your neck and your phone/tablet isn’t repeatedly falling off a pile of books.
  • If you usually make a payment on the day I will need to send you an invoice to be settled in advance of the session.

I hope that we will be able to continue with minimum disruption, returning to our usual arrangements once the crisis is passed.

My belief is that if a person has a problem, they also have the answer.

Supervision

Supervision is a trusting relationship in which the therapist is able to reflect, receive support, maximise the effectiveness of their therapeutic relationships, monitor and safeguard the interests of their clients, maintain ethical standards and develop and grow as a therapist.

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