Edinburgh Psychotherapist and Counsellor
AN ASSOCIATE of THE LIFE ACADEMY
Presence, kindness, understanding, and acceptance, from professionals and loved ones alike, have been a steadying force for me throughout my life. These qualities have helped me to connect to and better understand myself, my relationships, and the sets of circumstances which life has delivered along the way, enabling me to find wisdom from understanding, the capacity for making positive changes, and healthy ways to cope with and integrate that which can’t be changed.
I have walked many paths, and know suffering and loss intimately. I firmly believe that we all have an innate capacity for healing, and this is at the heart of my therapeutic work and my living.
My therapeutic approach seeks to honour the individual while supporting the inherent health of our whole being: mentally; physically; emotionally; energetically; and relationally.
Our life experiences and circumstances, and our inner relationship to those, are unique, so my approach is a pluralistic one. This means I draw on the perspectives and practices from a range of modalities and therapies, to create a unique synthesis of support for each person which respects and meets with their current circumstances and readiness. I also incorporate spiritual perspectives and ecopsychology in pathways to healing for clients who are interested in these approaches.
I have undertaken extensive training and development in humanistic, psychodynamic, and transpersonal theories in counselling and psychotherapy. I am also a highly experienced embodiment therapist, trained bodyworker, and yoga therapist, and offer integrative therapeutic approaches incorporating these practices and perspectives when appropriate.
Specific therapies drawn on include:
• Psychodynamic therapy
• Person-centred therapy
• Solution-focused brief therapy
• Transpersonal therapy
• Somatic therapy
• Mindfulness therapy
• Compassion-focused therapy
• Cognitive behavioural therapy
• Interpersonal therapy
• Yoga therapy
I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with an MA(Hons) from the University of St. Andrews and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh. I have been working towards a Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy with the University of Edinburgh for several years, and expect to be awarded this in late 2019.
Throughout my years in practice, I have undertaken many trainings, certifications, and supervision and mentoring programmes, as well as attending research and practice conferences. I am committed to the highest levels of professionalism, and regularly attend CPD trainings and events to enhance my therapeutic offerings and to keep up-to-date with the latest research findings.
Individual therapeutic work in private practice, counselling agencies, and schools, since 2010
Assessment Counsellor for PF Counselling Service, since 2014
Telephone counselling support, since 2008
I work with individuals on a wide range of experiences and concerns. I have particular expertise in working with self-esteem, anxiety, relationship issues, depression, sleep difficulties, stress-related issues and burnout, bereavement, and supporting clients through personal growth and flourishing at any stage of life.
I also have wide experience in working with health conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome/M.E., cancer, women’s health concerns including menstruality, fertility, and perimenopause, and in supporting clients through pregnancy loss, stillbirth and neonatal death.
Other issues include:
• Low self-esteem
• Low self-confidence
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Panic disorder
• Passive aggressive behaviour
• Physical abuse
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Pregnancy and birth
• Pregnancy loss
• Sex addiction
• Sexual abuse
• Suicidal thoughts
• Women’s health issues
• Work-related stress
• Anger management
• Attachment disorder
• Body dysmorphia disorder
• Career counselling
• Carer support
• Child related issues
• Domestic violence
• Drug abuse
• Eating disorders
• Emotional abuse
• Gender dysphoria
• Generalised anxiety disorder
• Hearing voices
• Internet addiction
I am a Registered Member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and am bound by their Ethical Frameworks for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Fees are £70 per one hour session. Longer sessions and other tailored solutions including eco-psychotherapy in nature, intensive programmes, hospital or care home visits, and private retreats, can also be arranged.
I offer a small number of discounted sessions for those who would be otherwise unable to access my support – please enquire about availability if this applies for you.
I work from the Life Academy Wellbeing Centre at 3B Greenhill Park, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh EH10 4DW. The Centre is situated in a transport hub and is easily accessible by bus or car. Free, private parking is available on request.
To make an appointment or discuss whether I am the right therapist for you, please complete the form below. I will try to respond to you within three days.
I look forward to hearing from you.