My journey to becoming a counsellor

In 2004, while working in IT, I became a helpline volunteer for Childline Scotland. I was struck by the courage of children and young people in the face of often significant difficulties. I realised how beneficial support was for people in need and began an exciting and at times challenging journey of becoming a counsellor. Over many years my belief in the resilience of the human spirit and the effectiveness of counselling has been strengthened by experience. I've felt privileged to hear incredible stories and in helping others I also have benefited from learning about myself.

Counselling approach

My practice as a counsellor reflects my life values of caring, compassion, conscientiousness and the love of learning. My counselling approach is integrative and is underpinned by a belief that no single theory or model of counselling holds all the answers in terms of understanding how problems arise and how they are addressed. In my experience clients want and benefit from different ways of working in therapy. I've trained in several psychological modalities the main ones being Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I've also found Mindfulness and art based therapy techniques to be effective for many clients. I'll draw on my training and experience to work with you and to develop a tailored therapy that is most likely to help you as an individual.

Coaching Approach

My coaching practice is informed by the psychological modalities named above and in addition is influenced by a Systems- Psychodynamic model, which recognises that an individual's difficulties don't occur in isolation and therefore the importance of understanding their organisational context, industry and cultural environment.

Qualifications

University of Abertay

MSc By Research Counselling (2012- 2014)

BACP accredited Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling (2009-2011) 

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

COSCA accredited certificate in 'Working with Bereaved Children and Young People' (2009- 2010)

COSCA accredited 'Specialist Training in Bereavement and Loss' (2008)

University of Glasgow

COSCA validated Certificate in Counselling Skills (2007)

Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Level 5 Certificate in 'Coaching and Mentoring' (2017-2018)

Tom Allan Centre

  • COSCA accredited Counselling Supervision Skills Certificate ( 2019)



Examples of recent training

  • 'Enabling Children to Speak About Feelings through Sandplay' (2017, Child Centre of Mental Health, London)
  • Understanding and Working with Adolescents: Turbulence, Trauma, Change and Challenge’ (2016, Psychodynamic Training with Human Development Scotland).
  • Working Therapeutically with Teenagers Tools and Techniques’ (2015, The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London)
  • ‘Teaching Clients Mindfulness’ (2015)
  • 'Teaching Mindfulness to Groups' (2016)
  • ‘Compassion-Focused Therapy’ (2013)
  • ‘OCD a CBT Approach’ (2013)
  • ASIST - Suicide Prevention Training

Counselling Experience

  • Rowan Consultancy (2016 - current)
  • Mindspace (2015 - 2016)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (2008 – 2011)
  • Perth College (2009- 2010)
  • Childline Scotland Helpline Volunteer, mentor and trainer (2004 - 2008)

Work Experience

Before training as a counsellor I worked in IT and Telecommunications for 10 years. Since 2004 I've worked as a counsellor and researcher within in a variety of settings (private sector, voluntary organisations, higher education, secondary schools and youth services). I'm currently Head of Counselling at Rowan Consultancy where I manage counselling consultants nationally.