About Me

About Me

I help men and women free themselves from their emotional and relationship struggles by supporting them to understand and strengthen their own sense of self.

Qualified and experienced in counselling/psychotherapy, supervision, and coaching, I have over 30 years of experience helping people grow and develop.

I became a counsellor (psychotherapist) in Edinburgh after many years in organisational and leadership development. I came to realise that achieving what we want from life is closely related to how we feel about ourselves. Understanding how we are – how we respond to what life throws at us – often requires a deeper exploration. So I trained in counselling/psychotherapy, and have continued to learn, study and experience. This has included person-centred, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, psychosynthesis and existential approaches.

Previously, I have been an independent development facilitator and coach, working with the individuals, teams and partnerships of major commercial, public and non-profit organisations.  I also volunteer as a counsellor at the PF Counselling Service.

Qualifications and Experience

My qualifications include a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy from the University of Stirling, a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh, a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the Northern Guild, and an Advanced Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring from CIPD/OSCM.

My original counselling training was taught as a dialogue between psychodynamic and person-centred approaches.  The psychodynamic way of working places an emphasis on the ways in which our unconscious drives impact on how we feel and behave.  In the person-centred approach the counsellor aims to offer core therapeutic conditions that enable the client to explore and discover their own unique path to growth or healing.  The MSc followed an integrative approach to working with depression with mindfulness theory and practice.

BACPI am a Registered Member of BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), one of the pre-eminent professional membership bodies for counsellors, coaches and psychotherapists.  BACP membership means that I am supported to provide the best and safest services, including requirements for ongoing clinical supervision, continuing professional development, and ethical practice.  I work according to their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, which defines my ethics and values in a clear, easily understandable way.

Accredited RegisterI am included in the Accredited Register of counsellors and psychotherapists which is maintained by BACP and regulated by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  The PSA was established by the UK Government to protect the public and help ensure their health and well-being.

My background is in leadership education and development.  In the 1990s I spent several years as Edinburgh Programme Director with Common Purpose, the international independent civic education programme for emerging leaders from all sectors. I am a Fellow of the RSA, and a past Chair of Edinburgh’s One City Trust, and Vice Chairman of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers.

I also have an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Materials Science from the University of Sussex.

If you are really interested, you can see my full CV here.