Thanks for visiting my website. I have been practising as a Person Centred Counsellor, in Trinity, North Edinburgh for the last twelve years.
I welcome anyone who is experiencing emotional distress, of any shape or form and who is at a point in their lives where they want help to address this.
Our first meeting would be for us to gain a sense of each other, to see how we would feel about meeting again and to make sure it is the right time for you to begin counselling. Sharing your personal thoughts and feelings requires a safe and trusting relationship so it is important to take some time to find a Counsellor who feels right for you. I understand that contacting a Counsellor may be daunting and I hold this in mind with every person that gets in touch with me. If we meet and realise that we are not quite suited to work together, I will do my best to help you find a Counsellor or service that is right for you.
I see some clients for a few sessions and some for many months. This is dependant on you and the issues that you bring. During our sessions, I will check how we are doing, whether counselling is still the right thing and if we are heading in the right direction. There is no pressure to continue or equally to finish before you are ready.
I work from a purpose built counselling room in my garden, as seen below, in Trinity, North Edinburgh. It is a quiet leafy area, three miles North of Central Edinburgh. There is plenty of free parking and the Number 23 bus route is moments away .
Most of us go through difficult times in our lives, and usually I am contacted for counselling when the energy to cope or ideas of how to improve things have been exhausted. Friends and family members may have been struggling to understand your distress or, equally difficult, offering advice to fix it. The distress may be due to a recent situation, something that has been going on for many years or a mixture of both of these things.
My experience of working with people in a person centred counselling context or mental health field is wide and varied therefore I welcome all clients irrespective of the issues they bring. I have particular knowledge in the field of Mental Illness and especially welcome you if you have had to cope with this. A further area of counselling I am especially committed to is grief work. The type of grief that is so all consuming that it is hard to find meaning in life. Grief can arise in many situations such a multiple miscarriage; loss of a child; infertility; fatal or chronic illness; a devastating life experience; the realisation that you have suffered emotional abuse as a child. The devastating impact that grief can have on us, regardless of how this has arisen, is what I commit to work with.
Finally, having been a carer myself to family members living with Dementia and Autism, I particularly welcome anyone in a similar position whether this be related to these issues or any other condition.