I became a counsellor because my own counselling did so much for me at a low point in my life that I wanted to dedicate my career to helping others in the same way. Before my counselling training I spent many years studying languages and literature and working in a higher education setting. My previous studies inform and enrich my work, because one of the things counselling can do is help us tell, shape, and even rewrite our own story.
I have been counselling since 2018, and have worked with several mental health charities and a university counselling service. My clients and I have addressed a wide range of difficulties, including, but not limited to, problems with family and romantic relationships, stress, bereavement, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, trauma and dissociation. In 2020-21 I was a consultant for The Wise Group, developing and facilitating online workshops on anger management, anxiety, depression, bereavement, domestic abuse, and personal wellness. As well as running a private practice, I’m a volunteer counsellor with The Health Agency in Edinburgh. I have a special interest in mindfulness, yoga, and other practices that have been scientifically proven to enhance wellbeing. I place great emphasis on continuing professonal development and I’m constantly looking for new areas to explore and opportunities for personal and professional growth. I’m currently training to be a yoga teacher with the aim of using yoga therapeutically.
I work in a person-centred way, meaning I will aim to build a strong relationship with you based on empathy, respect and authenticity. While my personal experience tells me that being in such a therapeutic relationship is affirmative and feels great, scientific evidence also shows that it is tranformative. I believe that we all have the power within us not just to cope with difficulties but to thrive. Counselling is about discovering this power through a shared exploration of any issues you want to bring.
Witnessing people overcome great hardships and build fulfilling lives for themselves is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. And that’s possible for everyone. So whatever you are struggling with, there is always hope.
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Persona & University of Aberdeen
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of Strathclyde
PhD in Translation Studies, University of Glasgow
MPhil in English Literature, University of Glasgow
MLitt in Modernities, University of Glasgow
MA Hons in English Literature and Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow