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, loss, change, leaving home, parenting, growing old, illness, work, faith, identity, relationships, learning issues, sexuality, racial discrimination, bullying and neglect. I have supported people with feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness and confusion and worked with people who self harm and have OCD. I am interested in working with a broad range of issues.
In order to enhance the work that I do I take continuous professional development seriously and have attended workshops and seminars on subjects such as fatherhood, dreams, play, autism, racial difference, sexuality and human trafficking.