My counselling work
I am a qualified, experienced and accredited counsellor based in Edinburgh. I am trained between person-centred and psychodynamic approaches and draw on both of these in how I work. This might mean coming closer to what you are really feeling in the moment, including the bits you don’t quite understand. This might connect you with your past experience and how it affects you today.
I work interactively – this is something we are doing together. I work with an awareness that all parts of ourselves are connected, though they often get separated. For me, this means paying attention to our bodies, minds and emotions. It means being aware of our relationships, social context and environment. We may or may not talk about all these things, but I believe they are present.
I work both short and longer term and we can discuss what would be most helpful for you.
I also work in student counselling at the University of Edinburgh. This means I am not able to work privately with University of Edinburgh students, though I can see students from other universities.
Qualifications, experience and background
I trained as a counsellor between 2010 and 2014, and hold a Master of Counselling degree with distinction. Before that I had worked in community based mental health roles since 2005. I have worked as a counsellor at the University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service since 2016 and prior to that worked as a counsellor at Falkirk and District Association of Mental Health and Hope Park Counselling Centre, Edinburgh.
I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and was awarded their accreditation for experienced practitioners in 2019. I work by their ethical standards.
I have also worked as a mental health Collective Advocacy worker, facilitating projects in which people with lived experience of mental health difficulties (specifically psychosis and personality disorder diagnosis) could have a stronger voice and work for change. This activist perspective of mental health being linked to wider society and the world around us, rather than only being an individual matter, has strongly informed my work.
I also have a Masters degree in writing poetry and I am interested in how some parts of the creative process can feel similar to the counselling process. I have written about this here.