I have always worked with people and I bring over 40 years experience of working with peoples physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Working first as a general nurse, then following my degree I gained employment as a project worker, in several different community type projects, working mainly with socially disadvantaged people, providing practical and emotional support and relevant advice and information.
During this time I realised I had a gap in my skills, and required to upgrade my listening skills. So 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.
I also attended the University of Life in the gaps in between.
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.
I have recently trained in IFS, internal Family Systems. You can find out more about it here on this link https://www.selfleadership.org/ or in my blog on the website here.A s a result of this training and going back into therapy myself, and really noticing the profound difference it can make personally.I am aiming to change what I offer as a therapist, and offer mainly IFS sessions and creative wellness sessions. IFS works equally well on line via zoom as in person.
I will be offering IFS sessions in July/August 2019.
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, it may also be known or unknown trauma, 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/parented 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.
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, as neurons that fire together wire together, resulting in how we are in present moment time and in the replaying of flashbacks, or unresolved issues or trauma as 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.
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 and have monthly supervision 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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