I work in different ways depending on what you need.
You can choose between counselling, trauma therapy, Mindfulness courses and workshops on reducing anxiety. I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics.
Frequently asked questions
How long is a session?
A session usually takes an hour.
If you choose to do trauma therapy we usually need 1.5 hours per session.
Where is your practice?
At present I have a room in Stirling. The address is at the bottom of the page.
Do you do home visits?
I am happy to do home visits for people who have great mobility problems or suffer from agoraphobia.
How much do you charge?
My fee for talking therapy is £50 per hour. For trauma work, which tends to take 1.5 hours, I charge £75. My initial session is free of charge. If you think you cannot afford to pay these fees, talk to me. I am happy to discuss a discount.
Do I have to come weekly?
No, if you find that weekly is too intense for you or not possible because of your lifestyle or finances, I can see you on a fortnightly basis.
We can discuss what suits you best in our initial session.
How many session might I need?
This depends very much on what your issues are, how ready you are to engage and how deeply you want to go into your healing. However, in my experience most people need a minimum of five sessions.
How will I know which approach is right for me?
You can have a look at the page called Trauma. It can help you to determine, if you might suffer from unresolved trauma. We will decide in the initial session which approach is most suitable. However, if in the course of our work together I come to believe that a different approach might be more helpful, I will suggest changing at any of the following sessions. Every six sessions we will review the work we are doing and decide how we proceed from here.
For any other questions or to book an initial free session use the email form at the top of the page or call me on 07801413442.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is another word for talking therapy. It is about your journey towards yourself. It is about finding ways of enhancing your experience of life, giving you the power to make the choices that are right for you and to heal what might need to be healed from past experiences. This can be done in many ways.
The way I work is called integrative. My core practice is Person Centred and I have added many other ways of working to enhance my ability to meet your needs. Person Centred means that my main focus as a counsellor is on creating a safe environment for you to enable you to look at the issues that brought you here. I will use my expertise to support you and bring in whatever tools I think will be helpful to enable your process. I am passionate about empowering you to become who you want to be.
We will decide in the initial session which approach is most suitable. However, if I believe that a different approach might be more helpful, I will suggest changing at any of the following sessions. Every six session we will review the work we are doing.
What is Trauma Therapy?
Like counselling, trauma therapy can be done in many different ways. The techniques I use are based on brain therapy and somatic processing. I use two methods that are very much interlinked. One is called Brainspotting, the other is called the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM).
Brainspotting is a relatively new type of psychotherapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically-induced physical pain. It was developed by David Grand out of EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy).
Although Brainspotting is primarily used in trauma therapy, it also helps people with recovering from injuries and health problems, developing motivation or confidence, overcoming attention problems, stress, addiction and other negative emotions. It can also help with enhancing your performance levels. Many everyday psychological problems, such as anger, procrastination, and anxiety can be successfully dissolved using Brainspotting.
During Brainspotting therapists aim to help people position their eyes in a way that enables them to target the sources of negative emotions. The assumption is that where people look is connected with how they feel. By focusing the eyes on a spot that is linked to the experience and by simultaneously staying in touch with the felt sense of the experience in the body people enable the brain to reprocess and heal. There is some evidence that Brainspotting works primarily on the limbic system. The limbic system is a part of our brain that plays a role in emotion, long-term memory, cognition, motivation, impulse control and several other psychological factors that can affect wellbeing. This means that instead of working with your thoughts and beliefs, which most talking therapies do, this method works with older parts of your brain and your nervous system that have been affected by past events. It targets the root cause of the problem rather than the symptoms and therefore causes faster changes and more thorough healing to occur.
If you want to learn more about this watch this youtube video where David Grand is talking about Brainspotting.
The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) has been developed out of Brainspotting by Lisa Schwarz. It uses the same approach but Lisa has added a lot more supportive techniques to ensure that people can safely go into their issues. Because Brainspotting is such a powerful tool, it has become apparent that for some people, especially those with issues reaching back to childhood and with complex trauma, it is safer to use CRM rather than Brainspotting.
Both methods provide a faster and more effective way of working with your issues than the usual talking therapies.
If you want to understand more about the Comprehensive Resource Model, here is a link to Lisa Schwarz website.
I worked for 5 years as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care Glasgow which gave me a lot of insight into the complexity of loss and bereavement. This led me to work for 2 years as a counsellor in the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice in Glasgow. I helped people there to come to terms with being terminally ill and what that meant to them.
I spent 3 years volunteering for the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow which was great in terms of getting a lot of experience working with a large variety of issues like stress, anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm and relationship problems.
I also worked 7 years for Victim Support Glasgow which made me appreciate how differently we all respond to life's events. It highlighted to me strongly that we can be deeply affected by seemingly small incidents, not just by big things and that this can severely undermine our confidence and ability to cope.
After Victim Support I worked 4 years as an alcohol counsellor for the Glasgow Council on Alcohol. This work confirmed my suspicion that addiction more often than not is a form of self-medication, a way of masking or dealing with underlying issues. Many people develop addictive or compulsive behaviours in order to cope with past events like abuse, bullying, losses, trauma, and issues like depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. This led me to train in trauma therapy, because my experience over the years had shown me that normal talking therapies often do not really help to heal the source of the problems people have.
I also worked with groups at the Glasgow Council on Alcohol as a life coach. The courses I ran were designed to help with the underlying issues that cause people to drink. Issues like stress, anxiety, anger, and lack of confidence.
Underpinning and supporting all of my work is extensive training in a great variety of methods as well as over 25 years of Mindfulness practice.
Certificate in Becoming Safely Embodied 2016
Certificate in Advance CRM and Core Self 2015
Certificate in CBT Toolkit 2014
Certificate in the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) 2013
Certificate in Brainspotting (Phase 1 & 2) 2013
Accredited Alcohol Counsellor 2012
Certificate in Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology 2011
Certificate in Coaching 2011
Diploma in Person Centred Therapy (PCT) 2005
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling 2003
Counselling Skills 2002
MA in Critical & Cultural Theory 1995
Deep Brain Reorientation (Frank Corrigan) 2018
Mindfulness (Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield) 2018
Family constellations 2018
Focusing 2017Working with Guilt and Shame (Deirdre Fay) 2016
Becoming Safely Embodied (Deirdre Fay) 2016
Self Empowerment 2014
Working with clients who have experienced Trauma 2014
Trauma Release Exercises & Somatic Experiencing (Introduction) 2013
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) 2013
Motivational Interviewing 2012
Group Therapy Skills 2012
Mental Health First Aid 2011
Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse 2010
Support after Sudden and Violent Death 2009
Managing Change 2007
Problem Solving 2007
Working with Anger 2004