Born and brought up near Stirling, from my 20's onward, I lived in Brighton, London and Berkshire. Before training as a counsellor, I worked for a major charity in London for around 15 years. This included working with street homeless clients and supporting people with acute and chronic mental ill health to live independently. My clients had a range of needs - including depression, anxiety, psychosis and drug and alcohol-related issues. I needed to be calm and patient, insightful and responsive. My clients were from a diverse range of countries, cultures and backgrounds.
I graduated with a Masters degree in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from the University of London in 2011. Since then, I worked part-time for 4 years as a Senior Counsellor for a Carer's and Bereavement service. I was also a volunteer counsellor within a drug and alcohol recovery service for 2 years. I opened my counselling service in Glasgow in 2017.
I wholeheartedly believe that we can all benefit from using Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy tools and techniques, informally in our everyday life: one does not need to have in-depth training to benefit. So I have I have written workshops and trained teams working in social support; as well as to qualified and trainee counsellors. My workshops are also accessible to people, who are, or are not, in work.
Now I live in Ayrshire with my husband David, having relocated here in 2016. I love walking, cycling and photographing the beautiful countryside.