MA (University of Glasgow)
Diploma in Counselling (Central School for Counselling and Therapy)
Graduate Certificate in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Psychotherapy
(Psychosynthesis and Education Trust)
Certificate of Professional Development in Ecopsychology (Centre for
Human Ecology, University of Strathclyde)
Postgraduate MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist who has lived in Edinburgh for over 20 years and worked in a variety of health and social care settings. I have been practicing as a counsellor/psychotherapist since 1996. Much of my work has been with those who have felt marginalised or excluded from society in some way, for example people with mental health problems, affected by HIV/AIDS, living with disability or long-term conditions, from black and minority ethnic communities, lone parents, etc. I also have many years experience counselling students.
My original therapeutic training was an integrative one but a fascination with Carl Jung and his ideas, particularly the process of individuation, our journey towards reaching our fullest potential and finding our purpose in life, lead me first to transpersonal psychology and then onto psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis is a holistic approach that focuses on the whole person and works towards integration of the physical, emotional, mental, creative and spiritual aspects of wellbeing. A crisis can be an opportunity for a “break-through” and obstacles are seen as steps towards growth. I have a particular interest in working with people experiencing crisis, pain and failure and who are seeking “the next step”.
I also incorporate ideas from ecopsychology into my practice. Whilst therapy can help us be in more harmonious relationship with all the different parts of our selves, a lot of stress, particularly in the western world, can come from a sense of “disconnection” from the natural world. Forming a relationship to the natural world can help us make sense of our emotions and life experiences.
I work in accordance with the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have regular clinical supervision.