I started my training as a therapist after being in therapy myself. I understood first-hand the benefit of someone helping me to understand my way of looking at the world. I felt differently and wanted to offer other people the benefits I had experienced.
I work with what you bring to the session; the information you bring (or the content of the session) and also how you bring it (the process of the session) . We learn together how your basic beliefs about yourself were formed and how they continue to influence you and hold you in a place that may no longer meet your needs.
I am a curious person and I enjoy learning about others, appreciating what makes them tick and understanding what blocks them from getting the life they want. I do this with clients by talking together and focussing on feelings and sensations that may arise as we speak.
This work is about becoming more compassionate with ourselves. I don’t offer strategies about how to cope better with your life. It is not an exercise about positive thinking or deleting ‘negative’ thoughts. It is harder than that. Your way of managing just now has something important to say about your life. Therapy is about understanding how those parts that we don’t like can tell us something important about us. We need to welcome and reclaim those parts that we don’t like.
It’s a strange truth, but when you deeply accept the way you are right now, change can start. By becoming more aware of your way of being and understanding and accepting yourself more, change happens naturally – your relationships feel better and life feels more hopeful.
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and an accredited member of GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute). My training started in 1990 with a four year training with Gestalt Training Services (Scotland). In 2003 I completed my Diploma in Gestalt Therapy at EGI (Edinburgh Gestalt Institute).
I undertook the Supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists training at EGI in 2012 and was an assistant supervisor on their diploma training course. I recently finished my training in developmental somatic psychotherapy in Paris with Ruella Frank (https://somaticstudies.com)
I have worked as a counsellor in various organisations, such as DeafBlind Scotland, West Dunbartonshire Healthy Living Institute, Strathclyde University, Glasgow School of Art, The Tom Allen Centre and Cancer Support Scotland.
I have a degree and a masters in immunology and I worked in this area for a few years. I have a social work degree and have worked for over 20 years in the areas of mental health and community development.