I have undertaken seven years of psychotherapy training and am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor with a diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling from the Metanoia Insitutute in London, one of the leading providers of psychotherapy training in the UK. I also hold a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills from the University of Glasgow.
I was in personal therapy for five years continuously during training and see it as essential that I return for more therapy at different stages in my career, both for professional and personal reasons. I meet regularly with a clinical supervisor to review my work.
For over six years, I have worked at the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow, which is a donation based counselling agency, where I have seen a wide variety of adult clients from all walks of life. I have also received additional training in working with trauma and working with diversity. I also attend regular CPD workshops to keep my skills and knowledge up-to-date.
I also worked for five years as both a counsellor and school project manager, with the organisation Place2Be, who provide play therapy in schools. I have also completed their Certificate in Counselling Children and participated in various play therapy training workshops through the organisation.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP) and abide by their ethical framework. I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute and the United Kingdom Association of Psychotherapy Integration (UKAPI).
Central to my approach is the belief that the quality of the relationship between myself and clients is really important in bringing about beneficial therapeutic outcomes. I aim to establish a warm, mutually respectful and collaborative relationship with clients that allows us together to explore what has brought you to therapy and anything else that may arise during our time together.
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, which means that rather than adopt one approach, I use a range of therapeutic tools and disciplines, depending upon your unique needs. An integrative stance takes into account the complexity of the human experience, believing there is not just one way of doing things, but many different possible approaches.
I draw on a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including psychodynamic theories, relational psychotherapy, transactional analysis, existential theories, CBT and mindfulness-based practice..