Counselling offers you a safe space and time to be heard in a calm and supportive environment. You will not be judged. My approach is open and honest, where together we explore the issues that are distressing you.
I am a qualified pluralistic counsellor and I am registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work in accordance with their code of ethics (www.bacp.co.uk). If you decide to commence counselling with me we will go through a ‘counselling contract’, a copy can be found here.
I am able to offer face to face counselling (in the absence of COVID restrictions) and on- line counselling. If you would like to know more about on-line counselling click here for information about how counselling works on-line.
Please note I only provide on-line counselling to residents of the UK. I offer home visits and also visit nursing and residential homes in my local area (Aberdeenshire) with prior discussion and depending on location (Depending on COVID restrictions).
What is Pluralistic counselling?
This approach means that I am able to adapt counselling to you, collaborate with you and consider your preferences. Different people need different things at different times from their therapy. Together we will find a way of working that suits your personality, values and goals. As a result, I will treat you as an equal, consult with you on how you may prefer your therapy to be and what you find helpful. Sometimes I use feedback forms to aid this. At its core my approach is non-judgmental, empathetic and hopeful. I believe that every individual has the capacity to heal and can be empowered to discover solutions to issues in a supportive environment.
As a Pluralistic counsellor I am able to integrate ways of working and use different counselling approaches. This includes person-centred, psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioural and acceptance and commitment therapy. I also have an interest in trauma and work in a trauma informed way.
I specialise in helping individuals negotiate problems in relation to their health: Living with chronic pain, changes to your health, living with a long-term condition, an injury, or difficulties associated with aging can affect a person in many ways. Please see ‘Examples of who I can help’ section for situations I may help you with.
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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our difficulties is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover in the infinite power of our light”