I began my counselling training in 2000.  I now work part-time for a charity based generic counselling centre in Fife and I run a private practice from my home in Dalkeith, Midlothian.  I work with clients using a model which puts the counselling relationship and the client at the centre of the process rather than a theory.   I offer both short and long term counselling to adults, young people and children (5yrs+).

Professional Membership:
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am bound by their Ethical Framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure. I meet BACP’s requirements for supervision of my work with clients and undertake 30 hours minimum per annum of Continuing Professional Development.

My Qualifications, Training and Experience:

Dip (Couns), MBACP, BA (Hons), PGCE.

I trained in a model which integrated the main components of  the psycho-dynamic and person-centered models but also provided a good grounding in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and creative therapies (work with art/music /photos etc).  I have worked with adults, young people and children, including people with special needs on a 1:1 basis and in groups, in a variety of health care and education settings for the past 20 years .

What do all the different models focus on?

The Psycho-dynamic approach looks at you in the context of your web of relationships and takes an interest in your subconscious thought life.

The Person-centered approach teaches that given the right conditions (respect, unconditional positive regard, empathy etc) you will know what is right for you and make positive choices for health and well-being.

CBT is based on the concept that if you can examine, re-evaluate and change the way you think then you will end up changing the things you do. This is particularly useful in the treatment of depression, anxiety and addictions.

Creative Therapies  are useful for people who over-think! They use more non-verbal techniques to enable you to access your emotions and your subconscious more effectively. This helps you understand your buried thoughts or fears. When these come to the surface you can examine them and decide whether they are working for you or whether you want to make new thought patterns in the light of new evidence.

Somatic Processing and Mindfulness  This is simply a way of helping you understand that memories are stored in the body as sensations, impulses, pain etc. Through breathing and grounding exercises you can become more aware of the sensations in your body and more in tune with the relationship between your mind and body.

Depending on the work you want to do I am able to take the best of these approaches to tailor our sessions according to your needs.