- Flexible hours available
I work at The Studio in Causewayside on Mondays and Thursdays:
136 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR
I work at Dialogue & Space near Meadowbank on Tuesdays:
64 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QZ
About me and my therapy practice
My introduction to therapy was as a client, which helped open my own eyes to new possibilities of living. While there are a multitude of reasons for any one of us to seek therapy, there is usually a struggle of some kind that is the prompt to reach for some support.
I will be interested in what has brought you to therapy, and together we’ll begin to explore aspects of your life as you live it today. With your permission we’ll also time travel to earlier relationships and experiences, distinguishing between now and then, but also connecting what has happened to what is happening now.
I bring warmth and curiosity to my work, without judgement or expectation. I work to create a therapeutic space with clients that feels safe and boundaried, as well as creative and spontaneous. This includes working with aspects of storytelling, with images and objects, with the body as well as the mind, with spirituality and aspects of existentialism.
Graduating from Edinburgh University's Postgraduate Diploma with Merit I am a registered member of BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and also of COSCA - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland. I’m cleared with Disclosure Scotland to work with U18s and have worked in Edinburgh schools.
My professional background includes teaching, literacy and reading for pleasure, working with families, and community engagement. I also spent 5 years making cheese biscuits for a living, change being an inevitable part of living.
I’m drawn to outside wild spaces and am passionate about stories and how we tell them (or don’t).
I’m trained in both Psychodynamic and Person-Centred counselling. Psychodynamic approaches include working together to make sense of past experiences and early relationships, generating new understandings of these patterns - or imprints - as they play out in the here and now. Person-Centred work includes getting in touch with, exploring, challenging and deepening an understanding of what is happening in your life as you live it today. My therapeutic work is also influenced by American Relational Psychotherapy which includes collaborating actively with clients ‘inside’ the therapeutic relationship to generate new understandings of ‘outside’ relationship patterns.
Continuous professional development has included working with shame and guilt; understanding trauma and how we hold it in our bodies; processing loss and bereavement; the legacy of sexual assault and rape; working with depression; understanding anxiety and its many causes and effects; working with clients at risk of suicide. I have also undertaken training in eating disorders; infertility; climate anxiety and powerlessness; family systems and constellations; gender, sexuality and identity; dreamwork; early relational wounding and attachment patterns.
Sessions are face to face and weekly, are 50 minutes, and are usually charged at £50. If need be I can also offer sessions online and by telephone.
I work with clients both in the short-term and longer-term. I regularly review the work with clients, considering where we are in the therapy, and what might still be left to do. Clients are free to leave whenever they feel ready to, but endings are as important inside therapy as they are outside of it and the intention is to end well, marking the transition with an agreed end point we work towards together.
My first session
If you decide you’d like to meet me I’ll send you a copy of my working agreement which gives some more practical information.
There is no obligation to continue beyond the first session, it’s a chance to ask questions and get a sense of me and how I work, and see if it feels like a good ‘fit’.
Initial sessions are charged at the same price as any other session.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Neurodiversity, OCD, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, Older adults, Trainees, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Outdoor therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy