How I work
My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, which means considering how your past might be affecting your present. Sometimes we’re responding to unresolved past experiences rather than to the present situation. Once we become conscious of this, we can begin to create new patterns.
Sometimes we have been wounded in the past, in ways that still need healing. As well as talking therapy, I can also work with you on increasing your bodily awareness, to help you find ways of better regulating your emotions and find a greater measure of calm. It can be helpful to address how the body responds, as well as what we may be feeling and thinking.
I have experience working with anxiety, childhood trauma, depression, relationship difficulties, lack of confidence and self-belief, grief and bereavement, and spiritual questions. I have an interest in chronic illness (ME/CFS in particular), caring, and adoption.
I am committed to providing a safe and nurturing therapeutic space for all clients, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other consideration.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked in education, where I particularly enjoyed supporting students. I received my diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the Garnethill Centre in Glasgow in early 2021.
I continue to expand my skills with ongoing professional development. Recent courses include:
- Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit (Action Trauma), June 2021
- Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor), June 2021
- Expert Strategies for Working with Traumatic Memory (NICABM), Jan 2021
Why Online Counselling?
When I began counselling training in 2017, my goal was to offer online counselling to those who, for whatever reason, have difficulty attending face-to-face appointments. In March 2020, the pandemic tipped the world on its side, and counsellors had to close their doors and retrain to work online. I discovered the many benefits, beyond accessibility, of working this way. Clients can choose where they work, they can show me things if they wish, and bring a creative dimension to the therapy that isn’t so possible when we meet in a room facing each other in two chairs. While not every need can be met by online counselling, for the majority of people, online counselling has been shown to be as beneficial as in-person counselling. I have found deep connection with my clients working online.
Cedar trees have had meaning for me throughout my life. Growing up in Oregon, I had a cedar tree friend in whose branches I found refuge and solace. My grandfather’s first childhood home was built around six cedar trees. Here in Scotland, for many years I was the custodian of an impressive Atlas cedar tree. Trees remind me that we are all connected to the earth, and to one another.