My work as a counsellor has been strongly influenced by my initial training and ongoing professional development, my own life events and the problems and struggles of the hundreds of people I have worked with during the past sixteen years.
Since qualifying I have continued to run a private practice as well in as working in several other settings over the years - the voluntary sector, a GP practice, national helplines and on-site in workplaces. I was responsible for the provision of an on-site counselling service during an international company's major redundancy programme. I now work solely in private practice as a counsellor and counselling supervisor.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked in a range of people-orientated fields. My roles included voluntary sector development officer, alcohol counsellor, stress management consultant, team member in an outplacement organisation. As a smoking cessation consultant I delivered stop smoking courses and training for the NHS and co-wrote a stop smoking manual with ASH Scotland.
Diploma in Counselling, University of Strathclyde (1999)
Certificate in Brief Work, Psychology Matters, London (2000)
Certificate in Supervision, PCT Britain (2003)
Emotion Focused Therapy, Level 3, University of Strathclyde (2009)
Focusing Level 1 (2007) and Level 2 (2010)
Certificate in the Individual & Group Supervision of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (2011)
As part of my commitment to ongoing personal and professional development, I regularly attend workshops, training courses and conferences.
I meet BACP's requirement for a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision per month. In the field of therapy, 'supervision' refers to a formal relationship with a trusted colleague where I can reflect on and develop all dimensions of my practice. Within supervision, I may refer to specific cases or situations, but will never disclose the names of my clients or give any information which could identify them.