Much of my career has been helping people. My interest and personal experience in how we might identify and use our inner resources to support ourselves when faced with difficult and challenging times, led me to pursue a psychotherapy training that uses a psycho-spiritual approach.
I was a social work assistant at Deaf Action in Edinburgh for three years from which I went on to attain a post graduate Diploma in Social Work from Stirling University. I have personal experience of deafness and an interest in disability issues. Over the next 5 years as a registered Social Worker working with older people, my role was to identify and assess their needs and determine if they met the criteria to receive resources which would support them to be independent in their lives. This offered practical advice and support, such as access to day centres and home care services and thus allowing people to stay in their own homes, however external resources are not limitless. I became increasingly interested in helping people to become more confident in themselves; through self awareness we are often stronger, recognising that we have our own inner resources to support us too. Practical solutions are not the only answer!
At this point, I started my psychotherapy training with the Karuna Institute.
My private practice is located in Meadowbank Terrace. The premises are on the first floor and has 3 practice rooms, used by a group of independent practitioners. I welcome you to arrange a first session which would give us both the opportunity to discuss your expectations and whether psychotherapy is right for you. It is also a chance for me to answer any questions you have about how we might work together.
I have experience of over six years, working with adults in both a short and long term capacity. I have regular supervision with an accredited UKCP supervisor and am also insured to practise.
I grew up on the West Coast of Scotland and now have enjoyed living in the City of Edinburgh for the past 20 years. I find being near the sea very resourceful and enjoy walking along the coast and up into the hills and mountains too. I have found through my own experience that paying attention to what supports and sustains us, means that we are more equipped to deal and manage difficulties that arise in our lives. Although coming to therapy may be about exploring difficult issues, it is also recognising where wellbeing and joy reside too and nurturing these.