Qualifications, professional memberships and my special interests
My professionally recognised qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Strathclyde, a BACP Accredited course and I am also qualified as a counselling supervisor, having completed the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision(2007).I am also trained and COSCA accredited as a counselling skills trainer and I am an EMDR Practitioner.
My professional associations and memberships include being an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a member of COSCA. I am also on the Professional Standards Agency Register, which is the first psychological therapists' register to be accredited by the Department of Health. I am also on COSCA’s Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under its Accreditation of Voluntary Registers scheme.
My areas of special interest lie with working with people and their sense of identity. This includes many years working with people who identify as LGBTQI+. I also have a special interest in working with people who experienced childhood trauma and mental health issues.
As part of my BACP accreditation I commit to regular Continuous Professional Development courses, some of which have included:
Working with children and young people
Abuse (both in the home setting or in care settings)
Gender and transgender awareness training
Working with self harm
Bereavement and loss
Neuroscience and trauma
PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Stress related illness/work related difficulties, including bullying
Mental Health Awareness training
Couples work - on a short term or long term basis
Sand Tray Therapy