Counselling and Therapy

“The wound is where the light enters” – Rumi

Counselling and therapy – what’s the difference?  In short, counselling tends to be used when working with specific short-term goals.  Therapy (and psychotherapy) tends to be longer-term and more exploratory (for example, trauma focused work).  We work together to understand what the sessions will be like for you.  The terms used may not be important in our work at all.  Our shared understanding of what you hope to get from our time together is the most important consideration.
Therapy can help with many different issues, sometimes uncovering challenges that you were unaware of. 

Managing difficult thoughts, emotions and behaviours; dealing with a mental health condition such as depression and anxiety; or coping with traumatic experiences and events, therapy offers a safe space to explore, to understand yourself, find ways to cope, and even grow as a person.

Session Information

£45 - £60 per session (reduced rates for low income/students)


Adults & Older Teens

Flexible Timings

Monday - Friday weekly/fortnightly, online via zoom and face to face.

Since 2022, I have worked therapeutically with a wide range of clients with many different life problems.  I use different theories and methods to help a client make sense of what brings them to therapy, what can work to move forward, and how they may be able to do so. 

My practice is trauma-informed, with extensive experience in this area.  Growth following trauma (posttraumatic growth) is a particular area of interest; I hold hope in my work for every client that they may be able to thrive in life, not just survive, despite past experiences/events.  I am experienced in working with neurodivergent adults, including those who have become aware of their neurodivergence in adulthood.

I am proud of my client work, past and present, but believe this is a private experience that belongs to them. I am happy to share useful ways I have worked in the past when we are working together.

Frequently asked questions

  • Where and when can I have a session?

    Online

    I have flexibility with both day and evening to offer sessions Monday to Friday. I use Zoom; this is a very secure platform to use and is free to download. A link to join a session will be sent on payment of said session.

    In Person

    I am currently locating premises that will likely be in the Dundee area. I am very keen to offer walk-and-talk therapy in the near future; this would be offered in the Tayport area.
  • How long are sessions?

    Sessions are 50 minutes.

  • How many sessions will I need?

    To start, weekly sessions are often very useful.  However, every two weeks or flexibly (depending on the reason for attending therapy) can also work.  An honest conversation around this will always be offered and encouraged.  

    We can discuss at the beginning how many sessions would be useful, then we can take it from there.  There is no right or wrong number of sessions, but we will talk openly about this throughout – you will never be encouraged to attend and pay for sessions that either you or I don’t think you will benefit from.  
  • How do I book a session?

    For an initial conversation to talk about whether I can support you, please fill in the contact box to organise a free chat with me.  If you decide you would like to proceed, we can agree a session on that call, or you can think about it and get back to me to arrange our first session. For subsequent bookings, we’ll agree the date and time during our sessions.

  • How will I feel after a session?

    It is very common to feel tired after therapy; try to consider when you are having a session to allow yourself time afterwards. 
     
    You may feel a range of emotions, sometimes tough ones.  Whilst hard, this is to be expected when you are talking about the challenges you are facing, perhaps discussing them for the first time.  It is also very common to feel relief; clients often talk about feeling lighter after therapy.  
     
    In short, there is no right or wrong way to feel; just know that whatever comes up will be listened to without judgement.
  • How and when should I pay?

    I ask for payment at the point of booking each session (a session is only confirmed once payment is received).  

    You can pay by bank transfer.
  • What happens if I need to cancel my sessions?

    I ask for a minimum of twenty-four hours’ notice by email to change or cancel sessions.  I know life happens; we can definitely talk if the unexpected occurs.

  • What if I need urgent help?

    If you are in crisis, these numbers offer immediate support:
     
    Breathing Space Scotland (Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am).
    Breathing Space Scotland is a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Call free on 0800 83 85 87.
     
    Hopeline UK (24/7)
    Support for anyone aged under 35 years old experiencing thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned that a young person may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.  Call free on 0800 068 414.
     
    NHS24 Mental Health Hub (24/7)
    If you’re feeling overwhelmed or need support you can call NHS 24 on 111. Find out more on the NHS Inform website.
     
    Samaritans (24/7)
    Whatever you’re going through, Samaritans are there to listen. Call free on 116 123 to speak in confidence with a trained listening volunteer.
     

    SAMH Information Service (9am-6pm, Monday to Friday, 9am – 6pm, except Bank Holidays)

    Whether you’re seeking support, looking for more information for someone you love, or just want to have a chat about mental health, SAMH can help. You can call the SAMH Information team on 0344 800 0550 or email at info@samh.org.uk.

    Shout Bluelight (24/7)

    Shout is a text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. To access a dedicated service for the emergency responder community, text BLUELIGHT to be connected to a trained and supervised crisis volunteer.

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