I have worked as a Person Centred Counsellor since 2008 with people that have had depression, relationship difficulties, anxiety, anger issues, expressed suicidal thoughts, experienced bereavement or loss, experienced difficulties around their sexuality, been victims of abuse and various other traumatic issues in their lives that have caused them to seek help.
I started training as a counsellor in 2004 and gained my Diploma in Counselling in 2009. going on to gain a post qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents in November 2011. Additionally, I have had 8 years of working as a Family Mediator with Relationships Scotland. I can combine the strands of individual counselling, young people's counselling and mediation to work with families, helping them to improve communication and resolve differences.
Over time, contact with people from the LGBT community and a recent transgender training event have heightened my awareness of the difficulties faced by LGBT people, despite societal changes. As a counsellor who will work with gender and sexually diverse clients from an affirmative standpoint, I am registered with Pink Therapy.
A recent training workshop about working with men that have been sexually abused has heightened my awareness of the impact of sexual abuse in men and helped me to understand the difficulties men face from sexual abuse. A lack of trust, fear of intimacy, anger, questions of sexuality and difficulties in sustaining a relationship can be consequences of sexual abuse and I can gently explore these, and other feelings, with survivors of male sexual abuse.
I work from The Park House Business Centre in South Street, Elgin (see map). Access is via two flights of stairs, so if you have mobility difficulties, please let me know and we can try to arrange an alternative meeting place.
As an accredited member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by their Ethical Principles and am on the BACP Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists.