In counselling, I work primarily from a psychodynamic/integrative perspective, having trained originally in integrative counselling and then in the dialogue between the person-centred and psychodynamic approaches. The psychodynamic perspective involves looking at the influence the past has on the present, how our inner and the outer worlds interact and at unconscious processes which can influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
I offer empathy, respect and acceptance in a boundaried counselling relationship in order for the client to feel safe enough to explore feelings and thoughts at a deep level. I believe the counselling space is for the client to choose what they wish to work on and that together we can work co-operatively enabling change to take place; when insight has been gained, there is the choice to act differently.
I have experience of working in a variety of settings with clients who have brought issues around anxiety, depression, loss, post natal depression, relationship difficulties and self development and I have worked with a wide range of people both in short term and longer term counselling contracts. I also have experience both in a counselling and educational role of working with people with disabilities and my experience of working with children in a therapeutic role has reinforced for me the influence of the early years on a person’s development and how important it can be to work through issues relating to our earliest relationships.
I am a member of COSCA, the Scottish counselling organisation and abide by their Statement of Ethics, Code of Practice and Complaints Procedure.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling University of Edinburgh 2011
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling University of Edinburgh 2008
HNC Counselling (inc Bereavement module) Edinburgh’s Telford College 1999
B A Hons Social and Political Sciences Cambridge University 1980