Edinburgh Counsellor and Psychotherapist
AN ASSOCIATE of THE LIFE ACADEMY
The search for knowledge of self, directed me towards Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have steadily been driven to the role of communicator and facilitator through various roles, jobs and social past-times. Being able to communicate with people of different backgrounds, ages, class, gender etc. is a strength I have developed over many years. In part due to my experiences and moving to different places I have learned to be flexible and adapt. This has also created an understanding and empathy towards individuals having to deal with difficult circumstances or situations.
Family is very important to me, and the upbringing provided by my parent’s forms the foundation of the person I am today. As an Afro-Caribbean male growing up in the UK, I have regularly been faced with judgement and prejudice, but this has also led me to be less judgmental, and to have a greater understanding of others. This has driven me to become involved in issues and causes I feel passionate about.
My journey has been filled with many challenges and fundamentally a quest to develop myself. It has required me to reflect on the person I am, and develop as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I have come to the following conclusion, “I want to help people to understand themselves and reach their true potential.”
My passion lies in helping others to explore their own truth. In addition to the ‘person-centred’ approach that I studied and follow, my full-time employment consists of 1-1 support of young people. The 1-1 support provides a short-term (twelve weekly sessions) goal focused support service. Helping young people to explore reasons for any distress, identify triggers for emotional difficulties and identify coping strategies. I utilise a range of other therapeutic models such as the cognitive behavioural model to support the individual.
As well as having extensive experience working with teenagers, I also work with clients of all ages. I’m warm and open with the ability to work with people of all ethnicities, sexualities, religions, genders and disabilities. It is fundamental to my values that I work in manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion.
Placing the person at the ‘centre’ and empowering them to gain a sense of self-awareness is aligned to my personal and work approach to care and support. Having worked in various care settings, I have observed the positive effects of putting the needs of the individual at the core.
My educational journey has been varied and diverse. I have undertaken undergraduate studies in Science and Management at Napier University (BSc Hons). Followed by work within the retail sector and then the music industry, I completed my postgraduate studies in Dietetics (PG Dip) at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh). Continuing my professional development, I obtained my postgraduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PG Dip - Person Centred Counselling) via the University of Sterling.
Following the completion of my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy via Persona (University of Stirling), I volunteered at Edinburgh Lothian Counselling on Alcohol (ELCA), having also spent over a year on student placement, I gained a wealth of experience and knowledge with ELCA, training in motivational interviewing, stages of change and SMART recovery. This opportunity provided me with an extensive opportunity to assess and deliver counselling to a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds.
Within the Health Opportunities team, as Therapeutic Lead, I develop and deliver trauma-informed therapeutic training programmes for employees and volunteers. In addition, support team delivery of trauma-informed services for young people, providing a range of peer support and supervision opportunities to allow reflection and skill development.
I offer methods for coaching employees and volunteers and ensure best practice across sexual and emotional health services. My work includes promotion of the therapeutic services and training programmes to other partners. I have also provided training and support and supervision to workers (both in internal and external staff) in addition to working closely with core agencies such as child protection, social work and the police.
My understanding of attachment and impact of working with trauma has been developed through training and experience of working with very distressed people. The postgraduate diploma enhanced my ability to work therapeutically, focusing on congruence, empathy and positive regard for the individual.
As a qualified Dietitian, I have an excellent understanding of the health and nutrition, and it’s role in physical and mental well being. I possess vast inter-personal experience across several environments, the NHS, retail sector, music industries, schools and communities, giving me varied skills and the ability to work with many different types of people.
I have extensive experience of working with mental health issues, both as a counsellor and Therapeutic Lead. Within various roles, I have supported people, many of whom were experiencing a wide range of difficulties (such as trauma, suicide intervention, rape, abuse, substance misuse, self-harm, anger, high levels of distress and anxiety).
I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) [No. 00929026] . My professional approach is rooted in respect, trust, care and confidentiality. My counselling practice is insured and regularly supervised, and I work within the code of ethics and conduct of BACP. I am also a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme through Disclosure Scotland, and I have clearance to work with children and/or protected adults. My Disclosure is available upon request.
£50 per hour or £40 per hour (concession). Payments can be made by card. Payments can be made by cash or card.
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.