Counselling is a safe place for you to stop, take stock and explore the parts of your life that you are finding difficult. It is a time for you to use for whatever you decide, without pressure or judgement.
You can use counselling for all sorts of issues, for example trouble with alcohol, bereavement, relationship difficulties, harassment at work, sexual abuse, breakup, stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or decision-making. Dealing with ‘unwanted habits’ of whatever kind can be a large part of counselling. Counselling can also be useful in helping us to understand the periods of change that we experience so frequently in our fast-moving world.
My method of counselling is called person-centred. This recognises that we all experience our lives in our own individual way. It may not feel this way, but you have the potential to know more about yourself than anyone else. My job is to help you understand yourself better and find your own inner compass so you make decisions which suit you better. I aim to accompany you on your journey and help you build confidence in your ability to be in charge of your life.
Some people come for just a few sessions, some for longer. It’s up to you. Please be reassured that I am meticulous about confidentiality.
I started counselling in 1996 when I began working with Breakthrough for Women, a counselling and information project run by Glasgow City Council. Since then, I’ve worked in a busy GP practice in the NHS, at Napiers Herbal Healthcare, with PCT Glasgow, in the Consulting Rooms in the City Centre and in a designated room in my own home.
I have a CQSW from my days in social work and gained a Diploma in Counselling (person-centred) from the University of Strathclyde in 1999. I’m a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I was accredited with that organisation for a number of years but it lapsed when I took a couple of years out to pursue other work. However, I still work to the BACP code of ethics and standards and have an independent supervisor to keep me on track. I’m also a member of PCT Scotland.
I work with whatever issue you bring but for a number of years I specialised in working with trauma, especially as a result of sexual abuse.
In addition to this, I am a published author and use my tiny campervan as a creative space and retreat, escaping to the wilds whenever I can. I have two adult children.