Welcome to my website. With dozens of counsellors working in or near Glasgow, how do you choose and what are the differences between them? At the end of the day it may come down to the counsellor’s experience, their counselling approach or even their gender, age or photograph. You may have heard about a particular approach through the media or from a friend. However the most important aspects are that you feel safe talking to the counsellor, feel listened to, respected and able to work with those parts of you that rarely get mentioned, or ‘heard’.
'Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’ See bacp.co.uk for more information about counselling and about the main approaches (models of counselling).
I am a 48 year old woman from the East End of Glasgow. I haven’t moved very far and now live in the Gorbals. I see myself as a down to earth Glasweigan and, through my first voluntary role, began studying counselling 20 years ago. In 1998 I graduated from Strathclyde University with a Person Centred Diploma in Counselling. Since then I have worked within primary care in Lanarkshire, a university student counselling service, an LGBT sexual health service and currently an Employee Assistance Provider. My specialist areas are LGBT issues and working with those in the emergency and uniformed services. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Mental Health. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical framework.
You might be going through a difficult time in your life, for example, relationship issues, family issues, work based problems, bereavement, self esteem, anxiety or depression. You might just need a safe space to begin some personal development. You may or may not have been to see your GP or told anyone how you are feeling. The prospect of ‘going for counselling’ might be scary or mysterious. However if you make that initial contact with me, we can talk it through and I can answer any questions you may have.
BA Communication Studies
Postgraduate Diploma Psychology and Mental Health