It is not always easy to maintain a positive outlook on life and sometimes, we can really use some help, even when it seems difficult to ask for it. I am most interested in exploring thoughts and feelings which are difficult to reach and painful or which cause people to feel stuck. Noticing ways in which we criticize or reject ourselves can help us relate to ourselves in different ways, allowing us to offer ourselves more self-acceptance and new ways of coping that improve our mental health and general well-being.
I apply evidence-based approaches throughout therapy which include Person-Centred Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness.
I work in an integrated and collaborative way to suit the needs of each person as these differ greatly. Coming from a Person-Centred experiential approach and incorporating CBT as required, which is a way of looking at how our thought patterns and beliefs can create limitations and barriers for us. Breaking down those barriers, and creating new ways of thinking and feeling can involve goal setting, emotion-focused work and a new way of being in our experiencing in all areas of our lives. Relaxation and Mindfulness are ways of reducing stress and anxiety in our lives, inducing calm which many find extremely helpful.
I have been part of the team at Therapeutic Counselling Services based in Lanarkshire since November 2014, working with clients on a variety of issues including grief, anger, social anxiety, stress at work and facing death.
I was also privileged to work at High Mill Medical Practice in Carluke, helping people with a variety of concerns, particularly anxiety and low mood/depression.
I work within an occupational health setting with EAP experience and in the business sector as well as private practice.
Talking about what causes us emotional pain in a trusting environment with someone outside of our everyday lives can be helpful and healing. Counselling is confidential. Using this time to explore emotions, thoughts and behaviours can help a great deal to shed light on difficulties, make meaningful connections and find new ways of managing our issues and outlook on life.
Counselling is a journey built on trust. I view this as a collaborative relationship, a process that may be difficult at times but can also be rewarding when new attitudes and coping strategies are implemented. My role is helping you gain insight, to expand self-awareness, reach balance and contentment in your life and achieve emotional regulation and focus.
The number of sessions required depends on the individual and can range from 1 to 20 or more. Typically, 6-12 sessions would be considered as within an expected range. Sessions are in private, offering complete confidentiality and as a registered BACP psychotherapist, I adhere to the ethics and standards set down by that recognized governing body. The purpose of therapy is to support and encourage a sense of empowerment, hope and self-compassion in the individual, allowing an honest exploration of issues in a non-judgemental environment.
Should you prefer to have a brief initial chat or find out about concessions before booking an appointment, I offer a free 15 minute consultation. You may call me on 07401 908833 or send an email to email@example.com.
Email psychotherapy sessions are also available. This may suit a number of people who feel more anxious about counselling in general or in meeting face to face with a counsellor initially. Please email for further details.