Psychotherapy, Group Work and Supervision in Edinburgh and Glasgow Specialising in: Sexuality and Relationship, Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Illness, Loss and Bereavement

About Me

I have been in the field since 1994, training at the Karuna Institute in Devon. I am a graduated and accredited Core Process Psychotherapist, registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, the main registration body in the UK. I've also trained with Babette Rothschild in shock and trauma, and have had three years of study with the Institute of Group Analysis at the Garnethill Centre in Glasgow.

I work in two centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow doing one-to-one psychotherapy and counselling, as well as group work. I have a substantial private practice, and also offer supervision.

I qualified initially as a teacher, then I practised and taught yoga for some years. I'm also a enthusiastic gardener, and spent ten years of my life running a plant nursery of my own.

It's not hard for me to see a thread running through my life about nurturing growth. Whether we're talking about plants or people, I feel that growth happens if we manage to create the optimum conditions.

Health is inherent, not something that can be given to us, or taken away. Create the right conditions and we grow beyond our difficulties and then have a different relationship to them. We can't change the past, nor can we change our basic personality structure, but we can change our relationship to the past and to ourselves, which can lead to profound transformations in our lives. I see counselling and psychotherapy as a re-learning process through which we can recognise responses that no longer fit with our environment. In exploring the meaning and origin of these responses, we are gradually able to give up the unhealthy and damaging ones and respond with greater flexibility in our lives.

I have a broad based practice working with both men and women who are bringing all sorts of difficulties. These include problems with relationships, anxiety and depression, adoption issues, bereavement, life direction and fulfilment. I see relationship as being at the heart of the work. It is relationship that can bring us into fullness as human beings, but it is also through relationship that we sustain damage. I pay particular attention to the here-and-now of relationship in the therapy room, and encourage my clients to do so too. This is where re-learning can happen.

I am at ease in the areas of sexuality and sexual relationship and gender issues and sexual orientation. I have worked with quite a lot of clients where there are issues of emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Although the majority of my work is one-to-one, I also facilitate groups with colleagues. Please enquire if you are interested in being part of one of these.

I follow the Karuna Institute and the UKCP Codes of Practice and Ethics.