About Me

I offer counselling & supervision online via video conferencing and face to face at my consulting room in Bathgate, West Lothian.

I am a member of BACP ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

You can get details of the BACP Ethical Framework by clicking here.

I am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists which is a public record of therapists who have met the BACP standards for registration, you can view my listing by clicking here.

I am a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), you can view my details by clicking here.

Special Interests

My special interest is in working with loss and change.

In our culture, we can be terrified of the impact of losing a loved one. We can find ourselves losing our ability to function normally in our lives, and even after long periods of time there can be no sign of any joy or capacity to thrive.

This can also be true of other changes including loss of relationship, redundancy and organisational restructuring.

I am passionate about therapy that can not only restore functioning but also help us to thrive. Especially in the face of profound change, a therapy relationship can help us regain normal functioning and continue to grow into an energetic and thriving human being.

My other special interest is how emerging technologies can enhance wellbeing. I am deeply interested in how we might use the social networks to help us find the connections we need in our lives. And how wearable technology can give us instant feedback on our lifestyle to support our wellbeing.

Background

I left school at 16 years old with ‘O’ levels and Highers but didn’t pursue my education as I wanted to concentrate my time on volunteer pastoral work while working part time as a cleaner. As the years went by I fell in love and got married and needed to expand my income so I worked on building my cleaning business to the point where it now supports me financially.

I suppose I felt the need to do something more fulfilling with my working life and so I started a Psychology degree with the Open University and an ‘Introduction to Counselling’ course at Stevenson College in Edinburgh while training and working with Parentline Scotland. Circumstances meant that I was not able to pursue both fields as I had planned so I only completed two years with the OU and went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Just before entering the diploma I trained with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and worked therapeutically with people who have been bereaved. On finishing the Diploma, I completed a course in Online Therapy focusing on text based relationships.

After 5 years volunteering with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland as a counsellor, committee chairmen and member of the Practice Standards Committee helping to write ethical guidelines for volunteers I left in August 2008. I have also worked with AXA ICAS from June 2007 to September 2008 as a counsellor working on the telephone supporting corporate clients and their employees around the world.

In 2008, I was invited onto the Executive Committee of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) and served as Chair for 2 of those years. My 7 year term on the committee came to an end in 2015 and I maintain my membership of ACTO as a therapist who works online.

In 2008, I completed training with Temenos Education Ltd in clinical supervision and have been working with supervisees face to face and online.

In 2010 following the emigration of Temenos’ founding partners Keith Tudor & Louise Embleton Tudor, I joined Temenos to manage the organisation through a profoundly challenging transition. I continue to be responsible for the business of Temenos and teach on the Person-Centred Psychotherapy & Counselling Programme.

In 2009, I co-founded online events and since that time have been active in organising and facilitating learning events for colleagues in the world of counselling & Psychotherapy. This work has built into a library of hundreds of pieces of Continuing Professional Development that are accessed by colleagues in many parts of the world.

In 2009, I was recruited to teach on the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course at Stevenson College, now Edinburgh College. I loved the 4 years I spent working on this course, it was such a privilege to get to teach the course that had been the beginning of my journey into the world of therapy.

I am also passionate about participating and facilitating large person-centred groups. In 2013 the Going Global facilitation team made up of Peggy Natiello, Carol Wolter-Gustafson & Colin Lago helped Temenos celebrate it’s 20th anniversary. We worked together to put on a conference and a large person-centred group in Sheffield and Glasgow here in the United Kingdom.

Since then I have been part of the Going Global team and we have put on another large person-centred group in Sedona, Arizona in November 2015. We are planning another group in 2016.

In 2014, I was voted onto the Board of the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counseling where I am currently responsible for publicising the organisation and developing a wider online presence.

Alongside these many and varied commitments, I continue to run my contract cleaning business, like so many other therapists it makes sense to have a portfolio of work that is supportive financially and can be a break from the intensity of therapeutic work.