Registered Counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA). A well experienced, Person-centred Counsellor and Lecturer in Counselling based in Coatbridge.
About Courage to Change Counselling
Are you feeling anxious, sad, or overwhelmed and in need of support? then maybe Counselling (also known as Talking Therapy) can help.
Courage to Change Counselling offers professional and confidential support for you to talk through any difficult thoughts and emotions that are causing you to feel confused, anxious, low or depressed.
Sometimes we all need someone to listen in a way that is caring, understanding and non-judgemental. Talking to me, as a Counsellor I will listen to how you feel in a way that doesn’t judge you but understands your struggles, this may be what you need right now.
Often clients looking for counselling for the first time ask;
How can talking to someone I do not know help me?
Because often we feel alone with our difficulties however when we share how we feel and that is heard and understood, it feels good and we begin to understand ourselves better. Feeling safe to share those thoughts and feelings, (that we all can have but do not always freely talk about it), is therapeutic.
Talking to a Counsellor about your feelings can help you begin to understand the situation you are struggling with and why you feel the way you do. This helps you to find out what is important to you, in your life – this can open up the possibility of healing painful emotions.
Counselling can be long or short term depending on what you need. I can help you to;
– explore your present situation and this may help you feel more positive to change the things, that you feel need to change.
– find a way through your difficulties, to get more out of life and enjoy better relationships, it might just change your life!
Whether you are thinking of counselling for the first time or have already had counselling in the past, it can still feel daunting to reach out and ask for help. I understand this and how difficult choosing a Counsellor can be, it takes courage.
Committing to counselling is a big step and by making that first contact you have already begun to overcome some of your fears and are getting ready to start your counselling journey to help you, help yourself and find that Courage to Change.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling with Merit
- HNC Counselling with Merit
- Batchelor of Arts (BA) Open Degree – Applying Psychology
- Postgraduate (PG) Teaching Qualification with Merit
- Masters Professional Practitioner Award in Education Certificate
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Training
- Impact of Trauma on Mental Health – University of Glasgow
- Working with trauma, loss, grief and bereavement
- Supporting Children’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience
- Working with the complexities of domestic and emotional abuse
- Understanding Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Understanding depression and anxiety
- Relational Depth in Counselling; A Pluralistic approach to Therapy;
- Existential Therapy: An Introduction;
- Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellness;
- Supporting children/teens with ASN to manage health anxiety;
- Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment;
- Mindfulness; Self Compassion for the Caring Professions;
- Coaching for Counsellors;
- Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid:Young people (SMHFA:YP) Certificate;
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Alcohol and Substance Misuse/
- Anger Management
- Attachment disorder
- Bereavement, grief and loss
- Career counselling
- Carer Support
- Child related issues
- Divorce and separation
- Domestic Abuse/violence
- Family Conflict
- Domestic violence
- Life Transitions
- Loneliness and depression
- Low Self-esteem and self-confidence
- Marriage & relationship difficulties
- Parenting and family issues difficulties
- Peer Relationships
- Personal development
- Pregnancy and birth
- Self Esteem
- Sexual Abuse
- Stress and change Management
- Substance Use
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress/bullying