My interest in Counselling developed when I was a Social Worker in West Lothian where I worked with Children and Families and specialised in working with families affected by the impact of sexual abuse. I moved to Barnardos to work with individuals and families affected by sexual abuse and remained there for 12 years.Qualifying with a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling June 2000, I offer Person Centred Counselling. As well as sexual abuse, I have worked with issues of anxiety, low self-esteem, eating disorders, depression, neglect, self-harm, physical and emotional abuse. I have developed a private counselling and supervision practice over the last 10 years. For the last 5 years I have taught at the University of Edinburgh in a variety of roles and currently teach on the Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, and the Counselling Children and Young People Course. I am also a Supervisor at Hope Park Counselling Centre. I particular believe in using creative materials in teaching and counselling work with my sand box never being far away! I provide individual counselling for children, young people and adults. I also provide support for parents who may wish to discuss issues in relation to their children. In addition I offer supervision for counsellors and I am a freelance trainer. The sessions are usually weekly lasting an hour. I offer an initial meeting to discuss how we might work together for which there is no charge. A contract of how we will work together is then discussed before our work begins. All sessions take place at Compass. I offer creative materials which may be used in our work which is each person's choice whether these materials are used.
I am a BACP accredited counsellor and COSCA accredited trainer. I have been in practice for over 8 years in education, private, business, charity and voluntary sector settings. I work with a broad range of concerns but have particular experience of working with relationship based difficulties. This includes areas of intimacy, communication, loss and managing significant life changes (like retirement, parenthood, bereavement, relocation and career change). I also work with long standing experiences of anxiety and depression. My approach is psychodynamic which regards past life experiences as formative of how we relate to ourselves, other people and social situations in the present. I regard the counselling relationship as a collaborative effort with all parties working together to better understand some of the conflicts, motivations, desires and obstacles to our relationship, with ourselves and each other. In addition to counselling I also offer supervision to qualified counsellors at a negotiated rate.
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and specialist trained in working both face-to- face and online. I originally trained in the dialogue between the person centred approach and psychodynamic perspective in 2009. Both these modalities strongly inform my way of working therapeutically, by affording us the possibility of looking at and considering how the past may be impacting the present, in order to allow you the opportunity to choose an alternative and more fulfilling way of being in the future. I am available to work either on a short or long term basis, depending on what suits your personal needs. I am also an Accredited Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), and fully adhere to their ethical codes of practice. I am happy to work with almost any issue, and have a special interest in: - terminal and degenerative illness - bereavement and loss - abuse - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues - disability - ageing - depression - relationship difficulties - self harm - anxiety I have worked at PF Counselling Service in Edinburgh as a counsellor and assessment counsellor for over 4 years, and have volunteered as an Associate Counsellor at Hope Park Counselling Centre in Edinburgh for 14 months. I have also volunteered at CRUSE Bereavement Care in Edinburgh, and worked online providing email counselling for Insight in Dundee. Whatever issue is affecting you, you may wish to discuss it in complete confidence with a professional listener. As a counsellor I believe each of us has the answers we are seeking within ourself - we may just need someone who is not emotionally involved and who knows nothing about us to help discover them.
Every problem contains its own solution; every distress its resolution. This principle, which lies at the heart of my practice as a counsellor, is rooted in both my own experience of personal growth work, and in the sometimes startling journeys I have seen clients make from dis-ease and difficulty, towards ease (with themselves, with their stories) and growth. Such a possibility can appear distant at times, especially when our ability to access our own resources may have been compromised, either by life experience or circumstance – but by exploring that experience in the supportive setting of the counselling relationship, we can learn to recognize and trust our own truth, and develop the capacity to act upon it. Each person’s pathway, into and through their own particular difficulty, is of course unique. But what depth psychology now offers is an understanding of, and a feeling for, the kind of landscape this journey might pass through – and a recognition of the likely markers along the way. As a Person-Centred counsellor, I am trained to provide the support you might need to make this journey. So that between us, using your own, possibly un- tapped resources, and my extensive experience of support and personal growth work, we might illuminate the path of your own particular journey - through difficulty, towards understanding, resilience and fulfillment. I have helped people experiencing various manifestations of difficulty, including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, loss of direction, grief, family and other relationship problems, and work-related issues. I am a qualified, BACP registered practitioner, and as well as my private practice, I am a volunteer counsellor at Pilton Community Health Project. If you feel that you might be interested in us working together, please get in touch to arrange a half-price ‘introductory’ session.