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About me and my therapy practice
I am a Person Centred Counsellor.
I believe that by exploring our own internal landscape we can find a way to live in the world as we really are, to be more secure in our choices, and to relate to others in a way that is engaged and authentic.
It can help us to function in an increasingly chaotic and demanding social environment.
I don't think we can make these changes by following a set of instructions of by applying a specific theoretical framework. I think that we make them by allowing our own feelings and recollections to guide us towards a new way of being.
It can be hard to do this on our own.
Before becoming a Counsellor, I had a long experience of pastoral support roles - student advising and union casework - in a Higher Education setting.
I think I have discovered the creative potential of 'real conversation' in many contexts - personal interactions, academic seminars, union negotiations, administrative engagements, and therapeutic relationships.
If you would like to meet, I do not charge for an assessment session.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA (Philosophy) 1975
CA (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) 1981
MLitt (Philosophy) 1987
PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (Aberdeen) 2016
I worked as an accountant in the oil industry before joining the University of Aberdeen Business School in 1990. While working at the University I was a personal caseworker for the UCU (University and College Union), and also a student adviser.
I have had a long interest in mental health issues, and served on the Board of Mental Health Aberdeen for many years. I started my formal Counselling training on my retirement from the University in 2011.
My philosophical interests are mainly focused on language and meaning - the role of conversation in discovery and exploration.
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Loss, Obsessions, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited