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.

 

 

COVID-19 – Updated Policy (as from September 1st 2020)

I am able to see clients via video or face to face in my office.  Steps in place to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus will be:

  • You must not attend your appointment in person if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. We can revert to a video session if you are feeling well enough. If you are not feeling well enough I will waive my usual cancellation fee.
  • The sofa will be pushed back against the wall to create greater distance.
  • I will sterilise door handles in between all sessions.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for us both to use at the beginning and end of the session.
  • Cleaning products are in situ in the toilets.
  • I will air out the room in between sessions if the weather is warm enough. As it gets cooler I am using an air purification system that destroys viruses, bacteria, allergens, dust mites, mould spores and pollen.
  • It will not be necessary to wear a face mask. Both of us should follow guidelines of sneezing or coughing into our elbow or into a tissue to minimise the saturation of airborne particles.
  • Plastic bags will be provided for you to place used tissues into. I would ask that you take them away with you rather than leaving them in the bin.
  • Please bring your own bottle of water if needed.
  • The provision of face to face sessions may change if the rate of infection starts to increase.
  • You can, of course, continue with video sessions if you wish.

I look forward to welcoming both old and new clients in person while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

 

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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