As a therapist, I have a positive view of people and their potential, and tend to focus on what is happening now - rather than in the past - as that is what we can change. I understand the need to offer a warm, empathetic and genuinely non-judgmental space to allow our working relationship to flourish and reap therapeutic rewards. I draw widely on useful ideas and specific tools from the Humanistic therapies and other schools too, most obviously on my Adlerian training which is broadly psycho-dynamic, and on CBT.
It is increasingly obvious that neuroscientific and neuropsychological perspectives offer key insights and guidance into what really works, and what doesn't: this forms a solid underpinning to the therapy I offer. Click on the ‘About Therapy’ tab for more information about the ideas behind my approach.
“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
― Shannon L. Alder
I've been interested in how people feel, think, remember and react to their world for as long as I can remember. Twenty-five years ago, this led me to study psychology & neuroscience, leading to doctoral research focusing on memory and
learning (qualifications & professional
memberships here ). I've also always
been drawn to work with people, so
alongside my academic work, I've
had various roles with children, young
people and adults from very diverse
backgrounds, including community development
work with international students, running groups for Muslim teenagers and for vulnerable children, personal development work with young homeless men, and teaching psychology to adult learners. I've also been a Samaritans volunteer.
I now focus primarily on mental health and treatment, and have undertaken further counselling training (information here). I have held rewarding counselling positions at Mind - the national mental health charity, and at Centre 33 - working with school children and young people up to 26. I have a private practice in Edinburgh working from an office in Blackhall in the west of Edinburgh, and at The Whole Works counselling agency in Edinburgh’s beautiful old town.