After completing an MA in English Literature and Language at Glasgow University in the 1980s, I moved to the South West of England and built a long career into senior management within social housing. I hold a post-graduate diploma in business management, and formally trained as a workplace mentor.
Later, following some needed reflection on my own life and work - including much useful time in therapy, I decided to retrain as a counsellor, then later as a psychotherapist and built a successful Counselling and Psychotherapy practice over eighteen years, in Exeter. More recently, I satisfied a long-held ambition to move my life and practice back to the Glasgow area.
Professional qualifications and experience
I have a Post-Graduate MA in Core Process Psychotherapy (Mindfulness-based therapy) from the Karuna Institute, in Devon - accredited by Middlesex University. Also, a Post-Graduate Degree in Person-Centred Counselling (including a Focusing qualification) from the University of East Anglia, in Norwich.
I've worked as a supervisor for several years, and completed a professional, clinical supervision training with The Centre for Supervision and Team Development, in Bath to build on the quality of supervision I already offer.
Collectively, over 18 years my experience has included counselling, mentoring, providing psychotherapy and supervision within the NHS, social services, business, education and specialist counselling agencies.
For many years, I was senior therapist within a range of NHS medical surgeries, and taught Therapeutic Counselling in Devon colleges. I now have a counselling, psychotherapy and supervision private practice covering Bearsden, Milngavie and the West End of Glasgow with online clients across the wider UK. Recently, I left my work managing a team of psychological therapists at a large Glasgow University, to build on further therapeutic responsibilities within the NHS.
As an accredited member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) I abide by its ethical framework for good practice, and I am subject to its complaints procedure.
I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
My personal approach
Within my work in counselling and psychotherapy, I believe that at our deepest level we all have the desire and capacity to fulfil our potential. This means I work in a way that helps you find and work with your own inner resources, to help you build greater confidence and trust in yourself. I find this partnership with each client always a unique journey. With a greater sense of trust in yourself, I believe you may be able to make the changes you want to help you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life.