I have a wide range of training since qualifying as a counsellor. My main qualifications are:
– Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Couple Counselling
– Master of Science (MSc) in Counselling through research
– Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (PGg Dip Couns)
Before completing my diploma, I gained the COSCA certificate (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) in counselling skills at a local hospice where the emphasis was on bereavement and loss. This qualification was recognised by CRUSE Bereavement Care Scotland with whom I volunteered for a time.
I also attended the Pastoral Care and Theology course at Edinburgh University’s New College.
As well as working in private practice as a Person-Centred Counsellor, I presently work as a volunteer counsellor with a local agency.
I am a member of the following professional organisations:
- The Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling (APSCC)
- Person-Centred Therapy Scotland (PCT Scotland)
- United Kingdom Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists (UKRCP)
- Accredited Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
My background is mainly in administration and I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years in the capacity as a volunteer and employee. I was involved in Victim Support Scotland for ten years in the role of Co-ordinator and latterly a visitor. It was in being alongside victims experiencing the different ways in which they coped with life’s difficulties, which prompted me train as a counsellor.