You may be looking for a counsellor for a specific issue, or you might be feeling a sense of things not being right or just too much. I provide a calm, supportive and accepting space for you to take some time out of your daily life, so that you can explore what might be getting in the way of you living the best life you can.
Making the decision to see a counsellor can be a daunting one. Many of us find it difficult to talk about what is making us feel unfulfilled or unhappy. Instead we suppress our emotional needs and 'just get on with it'. This approach can cause distress and pain which may lead to stress, anxiety, depression and poor mental health.
A therapeutic relationship offers you the time to talk through whatever is on your mind - relationship problems, grief, loss, anxiety, work issues, depression or something else - free from opinion or judgement.
As your counsellor, we will work collaboratively, at your pace, to understand you and your concerns better; because with awareness comes choice - we can choose to do things differently.
Whatever you bring to therapy, rest assured you will be treated with warmth, compassion, dignity and respect. In our counselling sessions we will work together to better understand what has brought you to therapy and how you would like your life to be different. Our sessions are very much determined by you and what you need. I believe that deep down, you have the answers and solutions to your questions and problems. My role is to support you in finding them and trusting them.
The power of having someone really listening to you and try to understand you without judgement or agenda is immense. Counselling can help you to process and deal with things that you previously thought impossible. You will be supported to explore the issues you are facing and to examine difficult situations and feelings. Counselling can enable you to make positive changes and move forward with renewed confidence, self belief and a sense of well being
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Post Graduate Diploma in CBT with Groupwork
MA (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Distinction) Midwifery
Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
(Working towards accreditation)
Member of COSCA - Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland
As your counsellor I offer my commitment to you and your well-being, providing a warm, safe and non-judgemental space. Here you will feel truly accepted for all that you are, which in turn, will enable you to accept all aspects of yourself too.
If you think I might be the right counsellor for you, I would encourage you to get in touch.
I have a beautiful willow tree in my garden at home but the inspiration for the name is much more than that.
The fact that the willow tree can bend in various outrageous poses without snapping makes it a great example of adaptability to a situation. It is a very powerful symbol of survival because it has the ability to survive in even the most challenging of situations such as heavy storms with the strongest winds.
The branches will never easily break no matter how bent by the strong winds they are. In the event that they do break, they grow again and this gives the tree this crooked, scarred look which actually contributes to its overall magnificence. It is a tree that symbolizes that even through great loss, there is always an opportunity for something new to emerge, something even better.
The willow tree finds its strength, stability and structure from its trunk, the foundation that stands firm against the storms. As the wind blows, as storms rage on in the world, the willow tree will bend and will remain strong. Rarely, can the fierce storm cause it to break. The branches by extension are flexible and strong, surrendering to the wind without being destroyed. The leaves represent the balance, harmony and growth we experience through these storms of life and love.
The willow tree gives us hope, a sense of belonging. It espouses safety and the ability to let go of pain and suffering we have experienced to grow renewed, stronger, and bolder. The image of the willow tree is a path to stability, hope and healing.