Qualified Person-Centred Counsellor
Hi there and welcome. I'm glad you've found my page.
I have lived in the Highlands for nearly 30 years and have been in Nairn for almost half of that time; I feel pretty blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
In 2013 I had an accident which changed my life. Suddenly I discovered what it was like to live with reduced mobility and chronic pain. I found that mindfulness helped enormously in those initial dark months, and I still practice today.
Becoming a Person-Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist seemed like the perfect fit for me.
I love hearing people's stories and walking alongside them as they find their own answers to dilemmas that may have felt insurmountable....until they started talking with someone who can really listen without judgement, be compassionate and genuinely show that they understand.
I trained at the University of the Highlands and Islands gaining a DipHE Distinction in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy and am a registered member of COSCA.
I have specialised in working with grief and loss and volunteer for a national bereavement charity and I have also provided counselling within the NHS.
I also work for a local advice giving charity and I'm passionate about ensuring individuals are aware of their rights and responsibilities and how to exercise those rights. I want to make a positive difference to our local community and influence decision makers to bring about social change.
My commitment to equality and diversity means I am curious about the experiences of others and sensitive to cultural differences and I have been certified to work with Diversity Within Contemporary Relationships.
I love music, I love literature, I love humour. I believe there is room for all these things in the therapy room. These are the things that give my own life personal meaning along with my garden, the beach, yoga, my loved ones, and anything else that brings colour into my life.
In addition, I am currently training to become a Breathwork facilitator. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about how individual Breathwork sessions could help you either as a stand alone therapy or in conjunction with counselling-discounted rates available whilst I'm in training!