I’m an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist living and working in Edinburgh. I trained at the University of Edinburgh in a dialogue between psychodynamic and person-centred theory. Over the years, I’ve worked with a diverse range of people and a wide variety of concerns. My practice, offering face to face and online sessions, is based at Mulberry House – Edinburgh’s largest complementary health centre, located in the West End – and The Whole Works – a long established complementary therapy & counselling centre in Edinburgh’s Old Town. I’ve previously worked at PF Counselling and Hope Park Counselling Centre as well as in the voluntary sector.
Having always had a passion for health and wellbeing, prior to training as a therapist I studied Herbal Medicine and gained a wealth of experience in the field working with Napiers Clinic for a number of years.
I see my work now as reflective of my belief that we all have a right to a healthy mind and a healthy body. As minds held within bodies, we’re fundamentally connected to each other and to the world in which we live. We are, by nature, social animals yet modern society can often impinge upon the simple expression of this nature. This was the basis of my interest in Herbal Medicine and now in counselling and psychotherapy – rebuilding our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the world.
Irrespective of the theoretical model informing a therapist’s approach, numerous studies have shown that it’s the relationship itself that heals. It’s in the transformative space between two people that the work and the reward exists. I try to meet all my clients in this space, whatever it may look like for them, and work collaboratively towards a deeper understanding of the, often unconscious, forces at play in their lives. Through the prism of the therapeutic relationship clients can increase their awareness of what drives them and what hinders them, how and why they relate to those around them the way they do, and how they might start to live their lives with more creativity and curiosity.