"We become, and are ourselves, only in relation to others..." (John Shotter, 1993)
I offer a safe and confidential space within which we might explore what is happening in any area of a person's life, how to bring meaning to a situation or to find ways to go forward.
My approach is to work with each person’s unique lived experience and own way of making meaning about their life. I work in a collaborative and co-creative way that is respectful of each person’s autonomy and wisdom to know or discover what they need. It is not my role to diagnose or pathologise a person’s experience. Rather it is to to accompany the people I work alongside, with a focus on how the person experiences themselves and others.
I value and respect difference and diversity and am open to working with all people, beliefs, ways of being and sexuality. I work with women, men, couples, groups and organisations and am interested in working with any aspect of a person’s life with a special interest in issues around intimacy, sexuality, conflict, abuse, trauma, dissociation and loss.
My approach also sits within a view of psychotherapy as being embedded in the social, political and economic contexts, environment and power relations within which both the therapist and client lives. In this sense I do not regard the 'problem' being experienced or the process of change as being entirely located within the individual. I am instead to committed to the development of a 'community psychology' where the person is always understood and related to as being situated with others in their life.
I also offer the use of creative action methods in my work with individuals, partners, couples and groups to explore aspects of self and interpersonal relations. In using these methods to explore life situations I facilitate the person to map out aspects of themselves and others in their life through the use of objects like fabrics, stones,cards and figures. It is then often helpful to explore what is happening in a given situation through having a dialogue with any element or aspect of the person's life.
Whilst these and other methods are of value in achieving helpful outcomes from therapy, there is considerable evidence that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is of equal if not greater importance to clients. Researchers have found that some of the most important aspects of therapy which clients regard as contributing to its effectiveness include:
a time and place to talk
someone who cares
having an external perspective that isn't judgmental and
the therapist's calm empathetic listening, support and "faith" in them.
BSc (Phys), Dip. Psychodrama Psych., Dip. Couns., Cert. Trauma (TSM)
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC) within the UKCP. I am also registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
My practice as a counsellor and therapist began in Australia some 20 years ago. Having come from a professional background in social justice and community development I trained as a Community Counsellor and a Narrative Therapist, working within a wide range of contexts with individuals, families and groups. This breadth of experience included working within government, private and community settings with individuals and families affected by; addictions, acquired brain injury, childhood sexual abuse, living with HIV/AIDS and family custody issues.
My BSc in Stress Physiology in Australia led to further training in Somatic Trauma Therapy and more recently in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy in the UK. More recently I have completed my training in Creative Action Methods in Individual and Group Therapy and the Diploma in Psychodrama Psychotherapy in addition to an International Certification in Trauma Therapy using the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM).
After settling permanently in the UK in 2001, I co-founded an organisational consultancy specializing in the design and provision of consultancy, mediation, training and other organisational specialist services. I am also a Registered Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council (CMC).
Individual therapy is helpful if you are struggling with a situation in your personal or work life and finding it difficult to work out how best to respond to it. Or you may be feeling distressed or overwhelmed by certain feelings , thoughts or behaviours and could do with some extra support in working out what changes you might want to make in your life. I am also able to offer specialist therapy to those living with the impact of childhood abuse, trauma and other losses.
Group therapy offers participants a great deal of support in exploring all aspects of life and relationships with others in a safe space. I make use of Psychodrama and creative action methods which facilitates group members to develop their spontaneity and creative problem solving processes with each other. Groups are offered for women only or for a mixed group. Some groups might have a theme or be a general personal development group. Groups are run as one off workshops or once once a week for 10 weeks. Click below to be advised of upcoming groups.
Partners, couples, adult siblings and other family members often come to therapy to explore some aspect of their relationship that they have been unable to make sense of or resolve on their own. Therapy with the people who matter most to us in life has the potential to be a profoundly transformative and healing process for a relationship. It may also provide clarity about the future of a relationship. Participants are able to work on a whole range of issues including intimacy, sexuality, power, betrayal, change, loss and illness in a safe and containing way that is respectful of differences and shared goals.
Co-creative Facilitation provides organisations with a way to explore the more complex issues, workplace cultures and dynamics contributing to the evolution of persistent destructive conflict or ineffective patterns of communication within teams and work groups. It is a collaborative form of organisational consultancy that places trust in the participants to discover what needs to occur to bring about the desired change or transformation in their working relationships.
The process draws upon good practice and evidence supporting the beneficial outcomes of developing empowering cultural practices and emotional-social intelligence in working relationships.Central to this process is the importance of colleagues acquiring skills in how to co-create with each other an empowering space that will enable each person to feel safe and trusting enough to explore change.
I offer an initial free consultation as a first step in exploring whether I am a good fit for your needs.
At this session we can explore any initial questions you may have about working with me and how I might be of assistance at this time. This will help us to begin to get a sense of...
the focus and frequency of your sessions
whether you would like to work with me one-to-one or join a psychotherapy group
agreeing on a set number of sessions or to work in an open-ended way
any specific goals you might have that can be changed or reviewed at any time
or whether you prefer to work with whatever is happening for you as and when issues arise.
I look forward to hearing from you and exploring the possibility of working together...
What you share with me during our work together will be held as confidential and will not be disclosed to others without your permission, except where I have reason to believe that you may be in danger of serious harm or that others are at risk. In such cases I have a right and duty to break confidentiality. In such instances it will always be my intention to reflect on the ethical challenges facing us in a collaborative way.
To safeguard the quality of my clinical practice I also discuss aspects of my work with my clinical supervisor, as and when I feel it is necessary, in such a way that does not identify my clients.
I abide by the Codes of Ethics of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
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5 Coates Crescent
101 Rose St South Lane
Edinburgh EH2 3JG
TRANSPORT TO 5 COATES CRESCENT
5 Coates Crescent is located close to Haymarket Station and is well served by buses and trams.
There is a tram stop immediately in front of the building, and bus stops close by.