Let me help you to free yourself from unhelpful repeating patterns.
I enjoy creating solutions so that each person is supported in ways that suit them best.
A Bit About Therapy With Me
Do you need some help to get more from your life?
My intention is to provide you with a warm and empathic space to explore your issue. I then help you to build a toolkit that supports your sense of resilience. I have 20 years of counselling experience and have helped many clients to eliminate problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, bullying, health problems, self confidence and more.
My personal experiences of job loss, health issues, adoption process, anxiety and depression help me to understand the many issues people struggle with. I can help you deal with the impact of a serious illness and teach you tools to support yourself towards improved health.
Clients often report that they know I just "get them". I love watching clients complete their work and walk out happier and resourced with their new toolkit.
I have a keen interest in working with anxiety and trauma and have extensive training in both. I also want to help women and men deal with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause so that they get relief from the debilitating effects.
For face to face counselling (after Covid), my counselling room is in my home in Musselburgh. There is free parking available and a good bus service available to make getting here simple. The office is upstairs and there are three steps into the house. I also offer on-line therapy using Zoom which has allowed me to continue to support clients during Covid. It also means we can work together regardless of location, access and/or travel issues. The comfort of your own home can reduce any initial anxiety about starting therapy.
I really believe that if you can dream it, you can do it. I know from personal experience how difficult life can be sometimes. As part of my extensive training I embarked on personal therapy so know how it feels being in the client chair. I appreciate how well my therapy supported me to change, grow and develop and I have continued to explore and learn at every opportunity.
I have experienced bereavement, adoption, job loss, workplace bullying and had anxiety for many years so I have a good understanding of the many and varied issues my clients bring. Dealing with cancer was hugely challenging and I hope that my experience might, in some small way, help others going through a similar journey.
I care about your well-being and provide you with a range of the tools you need in order to find more inner peace and pleasure in your life.
I am currently working on-line to ensure our mutual safety. It is an added bonus that clients can access therapy sessions from the comfort of home.
What if you dedicated this year to loving yourself more?
What happens in a typical session?
Sessions are usually an hour long. However for some client, for example teenagers, working in 30 minute blocks is more comfortable and effective.
During the initial session I gather some background information and find out why you have come for therapy and what your goals are. Right away I start helping you to make sense of your situation and begin to share fresh ideas and useful strategies that will help you build your toolkit. Many clients comment that when things crop up they are pleased to have their new tools available to smoothly negotiate their way through.
Subsequent sessions then involve working towards you achieving your goals and adding to your toolkit.
Sometimes people can't quite work out what is causing problems and I can help to untangle things and work through to a clear pathway.
I can support you to deal with trauma in a gentle, supportive and empowerming manner.
What can therapy help with?
Therapy can help you to:
understand and reduce anxiety and reach a confident and self assured state
to emerge from the bleakness of depression and find joy again
improve confidence and resilience and boost your personal potential
learn how to have the relationship you yearn for
manage workplace bullying by developing personal power
weight control to get the health you deserve
smoking cessation and gain better health
fears and phobias removed to give you more freedom
cope with peri- and menopause side effects
and so many more issues. If there is something you would like help with, let's have a chat about it.
Sometimes you may not know what the issue is and need help to work things out. I can help with that. I will help you identify what changes you want and help you achieve them.
There may also be times when you may not want to disclose the details of your issue. I can work in ways that mean you do not need to talk about the issue for us to resolve it so you find a new found freedom for your life.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnosis is a state of focused attention. It is very natural and you probably enter this state daily for example when you are totally absorbed in a film or when you arrive at a destination with no memory of having travelled there.
You are in control throughout as we use the hypnosis to address and resolve your issues. In fact, hypnosis can give you back control you may have lost. Hypnotherapy has been proven successful for:
eliminating anxiety and increasing your feelings of calm control
relief from menopause symptoms
clearing phobias quickly and easily
weight control and curbing snack eating and sugar craving
passing exams and driving tests confidently
improving professional performance
and boost personal effectiveness and confidence.
Please check the hypnotherapy page for more details.
Can this help with anxiety?
Anxiety is so very common in today's busy world. There are several types of anxiety and can affect people differently. It can seem as if your smoke alarm is permanently in the on position and screaming loudly at you.
Let's switch that noise off. I have a huge range of possible interventions to choose from so you can feel better and improve your health.
Please check the anxiety page for more details.
Do you offer supervision?
I am an experienced supervisor and enjoy supporting others in their work. I offer a menu of support that includes attracting more clients, expanding knowledge and experiences, exploring blockages and celebrating successes. Together we create a safe space and a place for you to grow and develop.
Please check the supervision page for details.
How often are sessions and how do I pay?
Therapy is usually weekly or fortnightly and payments can be made online before each session.
Please see the about page for full details.
Do you offer couples counselling?
I work with couples to help them to improve their relationship and develop a new toolkit for ongoing use. If the relationship is to end, finding ways to end things as cordially as possible can save stress and pain and is worth investing your time in. Please see couples counselling page for more details.
Experience You Can Count On
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Validated by Napier University, Edinburgh
Diploma in Transactional Analysis
Valicated by COSCA
Accreditation with BACP
Certificate of Accreditation as Counsellor and Psychotherapist by BACP
Certified by COSCA as a Counselling Supervisor
2017 - 2021
Continuous Professional Development
Diploma in Hypnotherapy 2017 (National Council for Hypnotherapy)
Professional Hypnotherapy Diploma 2020 (Jacquin Hypnosis Academy)
Uncommon Knowledge How to Stop Anyone Smoking 2017
Kinetic Shift 2018
Anxiety Workshop Melissa Tiers 2018
Bob Burns Swan and Hypnotherapy Masterclass 2019
Slim via Hypnosis (Tranceformers Training) 2019
BWRT Level 1 2019
Practical Analysis KICH 2020
Grief Training (Tranceformers Training) 2020
Magic Words Marketing Lori Hammond 2021
Breath for Therapists (Ben Wolff) 2021
Menopause Relief Programme (Helen Breward) 2021
2021 - 2022
Continuous Professional Development
Working with Trauma
Dealing with Troubled Teens
Sexual Freedom Hypnosis
Womb with a View
Working with Ego States