Who I See

Seeing you, the individual

Client group

I am experienced in counselling adults and young people who  are experiencing emotional difficulties, mental health issues and or relationship difficulties.  I am competent and confident to work across the age range in the areas outlined below.

Adults

I have a special interest in and experience of working with the following issues:

  • life changes, including grief, bereavement, divorce and separation,
  • work related difficulties,
  • stress,
  • low self-esteem,
  • loneliness and social isolation,
  • anger,
  • anxiety,
  • low mood and depression,
  • relationship and attachment issues,
  • adoption and or fostering issues,
  • trauma, including abuse and early childhood trauma,
  • domestic violence,
  • health related issues, including cancer, ME/Chronic Fatigue,
  • difficulties with parenting,
  • struggles related to motherhood, including fertility issues and miscarriage
  • and living with illness, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cancer.

Young people (16-25)

I have experience of working with the following issues:

  • life changes, including grief, bereavement and family breakdown,
  • difficulties related to growing up, including leaving home and developing independence skills,
  • issues related to school, such as studying for exams,
  • difficulties with friendships,
  • work related struggles,
  • low self-esteem,
  • loneliness and social isolation,
  • anger,
  • anxiety,
  • low mood and depression,
  • relationship and attachment issues,
  • adoption and fostering issues and
  • trauma, including abuse and early childhood trauma.

If you are a young person who is still living at home, I may suggest involving your parent/carer in some of the sessions, as they are likely to play a significant role in your life.

My capacity to work with vulnerable people

I am a current member of the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) scheme, Disclosure Scotland and hold an enhanced disclosure. Disclosure Scotland is a statutory body that conducts criminal record checks. Being a member of this scheme means that I have no criminal convictions and no history of behaviour that makes me unsafe or unfit to work with vulnerable people, such as young people or ‘protected adults’.

Working with mental health issues

I have a significant amount of experience working within mental health services and am fully familiar with conditions such as depression, anxiety, self-harming behaviours, trauma, phobias and attachment issues.  That said, I understand that regardless of diagnostic labels, individuals are people first.  We all experience emotional pain and suffering.  It is my firm belief that attending to these feelings is the key to recovery.