A Few Words About Me
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist, and registered with COSCA in Scotland as a Practitioner Member and Accredited Trainer (Diploma level).
As a former teacher, I trained in London in the early 90s, at the then School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (SPC), at Regent’s University London and came back to Scotland at the beginning of 2001, having also taught psychotherapy there from Foundation course to Masters’ level.
As a practitioner, I have continued to work independently (alongside my teaching), finding this an approach that, for me, offers more privacy and confidentiality to the therapeutic relationship. I consult with a professional colleague, to monitor my work, keeping the anonymity of my clients protected.
I have been active in the organisational framework of the profession through teaching, managing, and representing, and regret that all the efforts of the profession over the last 20 years failed to persuade Government to promote the statutory regulation of psychotherapy and counselling, which I profoundly believe would have been of benefit to our clients. I am now Chair of Human Development Scotland (HDS), which is the successor organisation to the Scottish Institute of Human Relations.
I write about the nature of the work and its implications for ‘society’, but I never write about my work with clients.
My commitment to you
My understanding of the work is based on a commitment to my responsibility to the client, to do my very best to be of help, within the professional boundaries which are an important protection for the client.
I have a slight hearing impairment, so if you are very softly spoken, I may need to use hearing aids.
I continue to be part of the teaching team for the Human Development Scotland Diploma in Human Relations and Counselling and in 2017 have developed and taught the Foundations of Human Relations and Counselling course, validated by COSCA as the Certificate in Counselling Skills.
I am also available as a free-lance trainer, with a preference now for locations in Mid-Argyll and Glasgow.