Originally from England, I am in my mid-50's and have been happily settled north of the border since my late teens. After studying philosophy and literature, I trained as a teacher, and worked in further education and social work settings, particularly with adults with learning disabilities. I then trained as a counsellor at the Edinburgh Pastoral Foundation (qualifying in 1995), and subsequently at Strathclyde University in Glasgow (1997), gaining BACP Accreditation in 1998 and Senior Accredited status in 2005. My supervision training (2005) was with Person-Centred Therapy (Britain) and I gained my MSc from Strathclyde University in 2013 following research into person-centred practice with
Over the years I have worked in NHS primary care, educational, voluntary sector, and independent settings. For more than a decade, I have been employed as a counsellor in hospice-based palliative care and have developed a particular interest in working with issues related to death and dying; for those facing death and for those they leave behind.
My ongoing personal and professional development is very important and can take many forms. It includes formal learning through conferences, courses, webinars, reading, writing articles, and attending, contributing to, and facilitating workshops. I have attended many training events over the years including: cognitive-behavioural aspects of person-centred therapy; sexuality; existential therapy; working with survivors of historic sexual abuse; new understandings of trauma and post-traumatic growth; issues around anger and rage; working with issues of bereavement, change and loss; the relationship between counselling and medication; working with people experiencing suicidal thoughts and feelings, and many more.
After a prolonged period of serious illness in 2016, I am more than ever convinced of the importance of continual and compassionate attention to my own self care; physical, emotional, and spiritual.
I aspire to welcome difference and diversity and to work in ways that includes and welcomes individuals irrespective of their race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or age.