People often ask me "what made you become a counsellor?" Well, I have always been interested in people and how different and unique we all are. Many years ago, I received some counselling, via my workplace, for what I came to realise was work-related stress and I experienced, first-hand, how helpful counselling could be. Feeling accepted and heard, without judgement, helped me to see things more clearly and make changes that were right for me. This had a profound effect on me and inspired me to train as a counsellor.
As a person-centred counsellor, I believe that everyone has their own answers as to what is best for them. However, in times of difficulty and stress, we can feel overwhelmed and not know what to do or where to start in finding our own solutions. My aim is to be alongside you throughout your journey of exploration. By offering you a genuine, understanding and accepting relationship that is free of judgments and assumptions, I hope it will be possible for you to feel free and safe to look at all aspects of your experiencing. This approach supports you as you build your personal power, self-acceptance, self-awareness and self-trust. I aim to be sensitive to the cultural and ethnic origins of all individuals and to their religious beliefs and sexual orientation.
I work within an integrative and person centred approach with emphasis on the working relationship between therapist and client. I currently work with individuals in private practice. I am also an affiliate counsellor for Working Health Services NHS; several Employee Assistance Providers and for some charitable organisations. I have also been a volunteer bereavement counsellor and have counselling experience in the corporate sector and within an NHS primary care setting.
Qualifications & Specialist Trainings:
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Strathclyde
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- COSCA Supervision Skills Certificate
- Focusing - Levels 1 & 2
- COSCA CBCS Specialist Module in Bereavement and Loss
- COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate
- Certificate of Accreditation as a Victim Support Visitor
I am an Accredited Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I am also a member of Person Centred Therapy Scotland PCT and a founder member of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision in Ayrshire CPSA
Continuing Professional Development:
Continuing Professional and Personal Development is very important to me in improving and developing my work. I regularly take up further training opportunities and I undertake more than the required minimum of 30 hours of annual CPD.
In accordance with best practice, counsellors are required to reflect on their practice. Supervision is a space where counsellors can discuss and explore issues that arise when working with clients. I have regular supervision with an experienced supervisor. When I discuss my work, I ensure that my clients’ identities remain anonymous and my supervisor is bound by the same rules of confidentiality as I am.
- Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor in Private Practice
- Counsellor for Working Health Services NHS
- Counsellor for Employee Assistance Providers
- Affiliate Counsellor for Ayrshire Cancer Support
- Affiliate Counsellor for Counselling Works CWN
- Volunteer Counsellor and Supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
- Counsellor in Primary Care in a GP practice
- Volunteer Visitor for Victim Support Scotland
Before training as a therapist, I worked in areas of management, administration, customer service and care. During this time, I learned a lot about the complexities of human relationships, how people inter-relate and function both socially and in the workplace. I hope to bring all my life experience and skills to my work with clients. I value individuality and equality. I feel passionately about the person-centred approach to working with clients as it has potentiality and empowerment at its core.
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