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Psychological wellness is dynamic and as a Counselling Psychologist I'm interested in how wellness can be impacted by what's happened to us, our views and understanding of self, the relationships we are in, where we work and live, and how we make sense of what’s going on in the world.
I aim to meet with you wherever you are psychologically, and offer a collaborative and nurturing relationship and the knowledge and skills required to facilitate self-exploration, to improve and maintain your wellbeing.
I gained my BSc(hons) in Applied Psychology in 2012, and went on to complete a MSc in Forensic Psychology in 2013. I returned to studying in 2016 to gain my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University. I am trained in Person-Centred and Experiential Therapy (PCET), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and utilise aspects of third wave CBT such as Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the context of evidence based practice. I am regularly undertaking professional development and will be adding to the therapies I am able to provide over time.
My approach as a practitioner is anchored in developmental psychology, having worked in children, young people and family services across my career. Initially this was as a research and policy officer in West Central Scotland, which led to my presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on best practice for young women in care and criminal justice settings. I then moved into service development, initially developing a youth mental health service, and then a children and family trauma service, both in Central East Scotland.
I have taken pride in training as and working as a psychologist in NHS and third sector services over the last 6 years, meeting with individuals in adult mental health, veteran, psychiatric, trauma, LGBTQI+, school, and children and family service settings. I use she/her pronouns.