I bring over 40 years experience of working with people to my holistic/alternative healing practices.
I have worked with peoples’, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health, first, as a nurse and then following my degree, as a project worker. During which time I started my training as counsellor/psychotherapist, that’s an amazing 18 years ago in 2000, I then qualified in 2003, with my first Diploma.
Reiki came into my life in 2000 an d I went on to complete all levels and now hold 2 Master Atturnemnts and attunements to several different Reiki Modalities.
I went on to train as Shamanic Practitioner, firstly with Mark & Claudia at the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre, 2014-2016 and I then followed that up with an Advanced Shamanic Practitioner Course, 2016-17 with Carol Day, of the Centre for Creative Vision, Fife, Scotland.
It’s always an honour and a privilege to assist someone to make a change or difference in their world and their lives.
Approach & Training Models
My counselling approach is integrative and relational and this means I have trained in several different therapeutic approaches. The main ones are: Psychodynamic, Egan, & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. I will draw from these and my knowledge and experience to find a way to work with you that’s a best fit.
We will work together (relationally) with what you bring and I will be mindful and respectful of your story and experiences and the stage you are at on your journey. We will pay attention to your body and notice what is happening as we talk, working with the body somatically can really help to get to the heart of the matter.
I believe the relationship you build with me is as important as the theory that underpins the work
Complex Trauma & Difficult Early Attachment
Trauma can be big T or little t, none is less significant.
Since 2011, I have focused my training and work in T(t)rauma.
Trauma comes under many guises and often goes alongside growing up with a difficult or disrupted early attachment to the parent/caregiver, meaning there were significant times in childhood when you were not seen, heard or acknowledged and you had difficult later life experiences too.
I like the term unmothered children to describe this early disruption. Together they result in complex trauma that comes from a variety of sources. The list below suggests some of the key issues that may be affecting you.
What’s worrying you?
- Stress & Anxiety
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Domestic Violence
- Childhood Abuse
- Eating disorders
- Difficulties in Relationships- work or home
- Self Harm
- Trust Issues
I believe coming to therapy is about exploring our unfinished business. All our unresolved life experiences and our early attachment patterns are deeply etched in the neuroplasticity of our brains, it’s hard wired if you like.
These patterns repeat physiologically and make us who we are in present moment time and result in current symptoms. If our symptoms and these old patterns or ways of relating to others and the world are triggered, this is usually what drives us to seek help as life or part of our lives is out of balance and perhaps unmanageable. The good news is we can change the plasticity of the brain, by working together with what is currently presenting.
Short or Long Term Work
I understand that seeking professional help and sharing at this level is a powerful and courageous step to take. I very much respect the counselling/psychotherapeutic process and I will manage it in a calm and mindful manner. The work will unfold at its own pace and can either be short or long term to suit your needs.
I enjoy being creative in my approach and I use a variety of creative means, if appropriate, to enable clients to have better understanding of their current situation all of which helps get beneath the surface of the problem and allows meaning that is beyond words or from an early place in your history.
COSCA Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am a registered member of COSCA and have accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with them and I work to their Code of Ethics and practice. I am also a member of Trauma Training in Scotland & Taynet.
COSCA Certified Supervisor
I have recently qualified as a Supervisor, with COSCA
As with my counselling/psychotherapy work, my approach is relational and integrative.
I have professional indemnity insurance which allows me to work in private practice in Dundee. I hold an Enhanced Disclosure (Disclosure Scotland) for working with children and adults. I also attend regular CPD to support all of my work.
Please don’t hesitate to be in touch and we can start to explore if it feels right to begin to work together.
With best wishes,
♥ Helping you get to the heart of the matter. ♥
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