Before working as a counsellor I worked in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors, including work in South Asia and Eastern Europe. I graduated as a mature student in the 1990s and spent a number of years running my own gardening business. The empathy I offer in counselling is enhanced by my experience of working with people from all walks of life, both in the UK and overseas.
In Edinburgh I trained in a combination of person-centred and psychodynamic counselling. Using these two approaches allows me to work imaginatively and flexibly, adapting the approach to meet the needs of each individual client.
As a counsellor I have worked with people who have difficulties with depression, anxiety/stress, loss, trauma, relationships, illness, faith, identity, self-esteem, learning, sexuality, racial discrimination and statelessness, bullying and neglect. I've supported people with feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness and confusion, people who self harm and/or have OCD. I remain open to working with a broad range of issues.
I take continuous professional development seriously and have attended workshops and seminars on subjects such as attachment, fatherhood, dreams, play, autism, racial difference, sexuality and human trafficking.