I started my counselling/psychotherapy training in 2000 and completed a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2003. Amazingly almost 20 years ago! I have always been interested in how the past influences who we are in present moment time, this interest continues today in all aspecys of work.
I have always worked with people, all of my professional life and bring over 40 years and broad depth and range of experience of working with different client groups in various capacities.
I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced big “T” or “t”, trauma or abuse in their lives.
I work with Young People from age 11 & Adults.
COSCA Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am a registered member of COSCA (COSCA are the scottish professional member body) and have accreditation as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist with them (having previously held the same accreditation with BACP) and I work to their Code of Ethics and practice. I am also a member of Trauma Training in Scotland.
Since 2010 I have specialised and concentrated my training and CPD attending various events and courses to help me work with people who have experienced Trauma.
These include, workshops and training with : Deirdre Fay, Sensori-motor psychotherapy, Sandra Paulson, Brain spotting, CRM, Comprehensive Resource Model and more recently in IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy).
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 2010, 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.
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.
I have professional indemnity insurance which allows me to work in private practice from my new base in Fife. Ihold 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,
- All of the therapies on offer here can aid your healing on every level of your being, working holistically, with body, mind and soul.
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