Who I See

Seeing you, the individual

Client group

I am experienced in counselling adults, young people and children who  are experiencing emotional difficulties and or mental health issues and who may or may not be neurodiverse.  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,
  • trauma, including abuse and early childhood trauma,
  • difficulties with parenting,
  • struggles related to motherhood, including fertility issues and miscarriage,
  • neurodiversity, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • and living with illness, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and cancer.

Young people (14-25)

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,
  • neurodiversity, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Developmental Coordination Disorder and
  • trauma, including abuse and early childhood trauma.

If you are a young adolescent, I may suggest working with you alongside your parent/carer, as they are likely to play a significant role in your life.  If you are an older adolescent, but still live at home, I will generally work with you on your own.  If you no longer live at home, I will work with you on your own.

Children

I have experience of working with the following issues:

  • life changes, including bereavement and family breakdown,
  • difficulties with friendships and peer relationships,
  • school difficulties,
  • low self esteem,
  • anxiety and worry,
  • anger,
  • neurodiversity, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • and low mood.

If you are the parent/carer of a child, it is important that you know I often find it is more effective to work with you as well as your child, since you are usually one of the most influential people in their world.  This is common practice within the field.

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 children 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.