About me

 
      Work​
 background
The Oyster is my garden studio where I offer counselling and supervision.  The idea behind the name is you come in with some grit, the oyster does its magic and you leave with a pearl!
 
I gained my Supervision Diploma this summer and see clients who are in training as well as those with many years experience.  Supervision is a commitment to learning, embracing ethical and CPD expectations, as well as exploring the here and now with your clients and where you see your career developing.
During my training I worked with Crossreach, a low cost Church of Scotland service, St Paul's and St George's Counselling Service, and LGBT Health where I worked with people around areas of sexuality and transitioning. 
I enjoy sharing my skills where I can, and I am a volunteer at Bipolar Scotland and a Board trustee at Changes, a local mental health charity.  

Prior to counselling I worked in a range of roles in mental health, at a respite centre, in a mental health centre, as a community mediator, with children at school and nursery. 
I have experience of teaching tai chi and using mindfulness techniques.  Most of all I offer an encouraging space where you can get better at being the person you want to be.
Professional ​
affiliations
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, MBACP, and COSCA, Scotland's counselling body, and work within their ethical framework and professional standards.  

For any unresolved complaints please contact COSCA on https://cosca.org.uk/guidance-policies/complaints. 
   Education
ACT Counselling
Dipolma in Supervision
2021-2022

This training equips me to provide supervision support for counsellors' client work.  It is a space to explore the impact of the client work, to look at areas for development and a chance to discuss how the counsellor is faring in their diverse roles.  Supervision is a very helpful fresh pair of eyes which supports a professional approach to strategies, skills, exploration of counselling dynamics and ethics. 

Interface

Counselling Diploma
2017- 2018

This person-centred course taught me how to become a counsellor, involving lots of triad and group work, presenting and developing the skills needed to work best with a client.  It was creative, theoretical and practical and provided a rich environment for professional development.   


Edinburgh University
PG Certificate in Counselling
2008-2009

This academic course taught two types of counselling, psychodynamic and person-centred, and emphasised the dialogue between them both.  There was a thorough teaching of counselling theories and principles.