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- Flexible hours available
Due to increased demand, I regret that I have no availability as of September 2020. I will update this information as soon as the situation changes.
About me and my therapy practice
I am a highly experienced and fully qualified psychodynamic counsellor, who has provided counselling services to a range of adults and young people, within both mental health settings and private practice for over fifteen years. I hold a Masters in Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice and a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and I am a tutor on the Foundation and Diploma of Human Relations and Counselling, run by Human Development Scotland. I am also a fully qualified Occupational Therapist,working part-time within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and a registered member of the Health Professions Council (HPC). For further information about my skills, experience, location, terms and contact details, please look at my website.
My therapy practice is based in the Southside of Glasgow, but due to Covid 19, I am currently only offering online sessions. I am continually reviewing this arrangement and will only return to face to face sessions, when government guidance indicates it is safe to do so.
My varied experience means that that I have a solid understanding of how various factors, such as trauma, loss, relationship difficulties, neglect, change and persistent low-level stress can impact upon us as individuals, at different stages in our lives. I recognise too that our early life experiences can impact upon who we become as adults, whether we are actively aware of this or not. I like to stay curious about the role of all these issues when working with clients and I may encourage you to think a little bit more deeply about how some of these elements may be affecting you.
As we work together, I am likely to attend to your inner thoughts and feelings, support you to make connections between your past experiences and the ‘here and now’ and encourage you to ‘feel’ your feelings more fully. In my experience exploring ourselves in this way, can help us gain a better understanding of who we are, both in relationship to ourselves and others. It can also be experienced as an unburdening of kinds and can help us to find new ways of being that are more in keeping with who we truly are. Whilst such ways of working can be difficult and uncomfortable at times, I have watched many of my clients move on to feel happier in themselves, lead more fulfilling lives and have more satisfactory relationships.
My first session
I understand that making the initial steps towards counselling takes great courage and I see the opportunity to accompany others as they engage in this process as a real privilege. Counselling can be an uncertain and anxiety provoking experience and may be accompanied by a fear of exposure. With this in mind, I see the first session as an opportunity for you to decide if pursuing counselling, is the right decision for you.
All my sessions are 50 minutes, including the first one. When we meet for the first time, I will ask you to tell me a little bit about what has brought you to counselling and I will try to follow your story as best I can. I will not ask you lots of questions. Towards the end of the session, I will draw things to a close and will ask you to spend some time thinking about whether or not you would like to continue with our sessions. Should you decide to continue, we will decide together what shape, form and purpose the sessions might take.
It is my firm belief that the quality of our relationship will dictate the success of your counselling. There’s lots of research that confirms this too! This means, I am keen that we both feel we are ‘a good fit’ for each other. If you feel that I am not the right therapist for you when we meet, then it’s OK to say so.
I am always happy to have an initial, no obligation discussion over the telephone to answer any queries you may have and to let you get ‘a feel’ for who I am, before booking your first session.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Integrative, Psychodynamic, Relational
Clients I work with
Adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited