About me

 
Professional ​
affiliations

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP, and COSCA, Scotland's counselling body, and work within their ethical framework and professional standards.  

      Work​
 background
I am  working in private practice at The Oyster, a  wooden studio at the bottom of the garden.  I have been a volunteer at Crossreach, a Church of Scotland service for people on low incomes, St Paul's and St George's Counselling Service a donation based service for Edinburgh residents and LGBT Health where I worked with clients around areas of sexuality, transitioning and other issues. 
Counselling is a space where a client can open up, explore and become more aware of the issues around why they are seeking counselling in order to find a new way forward. 

Prior to counselling I worked in a range of roles in mental health, at a respite centre, in a mental health centre, and as a community mediator facilitating agreements between neighbours in dispute.  

I have experience of teaching tai chi and learning mindfulness techniques.

   Education
ACT Counselling
Certificate in Supervision
2021-2022

This training equips me to provide supervision support for counsellors' client work.  It is a space to explore the impact of the client work, to look at areas for development and a chance to discuss how the counsellor is in their diverse roles.  Supervision is a very helpful fresh pair of eyes to ensure the counselling work is of the highest professional standard.

My training is complete and I am working with supervisees as part of my final assignment.  

Interface

Counselling Diploma
2017- 2018

This person-centred course taught me how to become a counsellor, involving lots of triad and group work, presenting and developing the skills needed to work best with a client.  It was creative, theoretical and practical and provided a rich environment for professional development.   


Edinburgh University
PG Certificate in Counselling
2008-2009

This academic course taught two types of counselling, psychodynamic and person-centred, and emphasised the dialogue between them both.  There was a thorough teaching of counselling theories and principles.