I initially came to psychotherapy through meditation and Focusing, and these practices continue to shape my work. I see both therapy and meditation as ways of bringing greater awareness, acceptance and compassion to our inner lives.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2016 and am currently in advanced training and working towards accreditation as a Gestalt psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I am in regular supervision, am fully insured and PVG checked.
My main training has been the four-year Postgraduate Diploma with the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute. I also hold a Diploma in Relational Mindfulness with the Karuna Institute.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have completed an 80-hour Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling mapped to competencies laid out by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As well as seeing private clients, I work part-time at counselling agencies in Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. I was previously a listening volunteer with Samaritans in Glasgow.
I have a degree in modern languages and literature, and enjoy bringing creative expression into therapy, through words, images and creative writing.
I previously worked in research, education and public policy for over 20 years and have a masters and PhD in economic development. In my therapy work, I am interested in how we are shaped by the economic and political conditions that we live in.
I have worked and studied in a number of European countries, and this informs my ongoing interest in experiences of not/belonging, cultural difference and identity.
I am a member of:
The UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners
The Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (Trainee Member)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (Trainee member)
Trauma Training in Scotland
I am committed to ongoing professional development and since 2020 have completed e.g.:
Tara Brach, Meditation and Psychotherapy: Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine, Treatment of Trauma
Carolyn Spring, Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
Carolyn Spring, Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
University of Derby, Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD
APPG/UKCP/BACP/BPC, A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs