Member Status: Senior Accredited
Member No: NCS17-05308
Please note: I do not have availability until 1st November 2023 at the very earliest.
I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor with fourteen years' experience in counselling and mental health. I am also a senior accredited registrant with The National Counselling Society and I adhere to their Code of Ethics and appear on their Accredited Register. I have worked in a variety of different settings, including Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) and the NHS, as well as a number of different voluntary organisations.
I strive to create a safe space in which we can work together on exploring what has brought you to counselling at this time. Although fundamentally person-centred in my approach, I have integrated tools and techniques into my practice over the years, including some cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I offer both short- and long-term counselling, during which we can manage the “symptoms”, explore the cause or a mixture of the two. A counselling session lasts 50 minutes, which is known as the therapeutic hour, and I generally recommend that it takes place on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
Various morning, afternoon and evening appointments available on a Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Please contact me to check availability or visit my website to book online.
My office is easily accessible by car from Dumbarton and the surrounding areas, including Balloch, Clydebank, Erskine and Helensburgh. Situated just off the A82 and only 15 minutes from the M8, it is only 30 minutes from the west end of Glasgow and another 5 from the city centre. It is also well served by public transport being a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop and a 15 minute walk from the nearest train station.
There is an accessible car park and entrance to the rear and, once inside, accessible toilets on each level, as well as a lift. Please note that there are five stairs to access the office internally, although wheelchair access may be possible externally.
- Qualifications & ExperienceBA (Hons) Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, 1997
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Strathclyde, 2006
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde, 2008
Extensive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in counselling and mental health
I am experienced in working with stress, including work-related stress, and mental health issues, from anxiety and depression, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks, to more severe mental health issues and trauma. I also have a lot of experience working with people who are in crisis or at risk, primarily from self-harm and suicide, and, to a lesser extent, domestic abuse.
The other area that I am most experienced in is relationships, including relationships with family, friends and partners, as well as with ourselves. I am particularly interested in how we can work through relationship issues, such as codependency, using self-awareness and self-compassion. I am also interested in practices in relationships other than classical or serial monogamy.
I have seven and a half years' experience of and extensive training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and I am an experienced trainer, facilitating training in mental health awareness and relationship first aid.
Other areas in which I have an interest are introversion, perfectionism and sensitivity, as well as the loss of a pet.
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Bereavement / Loss
- Divorce & Separation
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Illness and dying
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Languages Spoken