Hello and welcome to my website. Here you will find information about my practice and experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I mainly work in Glasgow and occasionally in some schools near to where I live in Helensburgh.
I started my counselling training in 2010. I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Counselling Unit, University of Strathclyde. I have some familiarity with Process-Experiential/Emotion-Focused Therapy and some familiarity with the Focusing method (I have completed Level 1 of the British Focusing Association’s Focusing Skills course).
In 2014 I spent five months living in three Buddhist monasteries/temples in South Korea, Myanmar and Thailand and I now benefit from visiting a Buddhist monastery near Newcastle. I have a meditation practice which strongly shapes how I work. Within the next five years I also hope to spend a further period of time living and possibly training at one of these monasteries.
In 2018 I was able to explore my interest in the process of complex trauma arising out of routine or prolonged and repeated abuse within a relationship(s). This led me to explore my own experience of routine abuse in childhood and attend Ritual Abuse Network Scotland’s conference on organised abuse and satanic ritual abuse in the UK.
Over the next year I hope to undertake some practice-based research into the effectiveness or helpfulness of counselling for people on low incomes.
I am a Practitioner Member of Person-Centred Therapy Scotland, a Practitioner Member of The Person Centred Association (TPCA) and a Registered Member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
Ethical code and complaints procedure
As a BACP member I am committed to their ethical code and complaints procedure – please click here for links to these.
I have worked with young people and adults suffering with anxiety, depression, trauma / complex trauma, dissociation, routine or prolonged and repeated abuse within a relationship(s), ritual abuse, self-harm, suicidal impulse, relationship difficulties and people searching for meaning or change in their lives.
The following pages provide more information about my practice and experience as a counsellor:
- Person-centred/experiential counselling
- What are or what leads to mental health/psychological problems/difficulties?
- How might person-centred/experiential counselling help?
- What change(s) or direction(s) do clients in person-centred/experiential counselling tend to move toward?
- Specifying or sharpening a focus(es)
- Framework of possible general focuses with links to some possible resources