I have felt drawn to this type of work through developing an interest in people – what makes us who we are and the influence different experiences and life circumstances have on our lives and our developing selves. I feel that going through and overcoming some of my own difficulties has lead me here and developed in me a deep desire to understand and help others.
I have lived on the Island of Shapinsay in Orkney for almost 36 years. I enjoy walking my dogs and taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the sea and landscape all around me.
My journey into counselling started in 2003 when I began studying for a degree in Psychology through The Open University. This way I was able to study from home whilst bringing up my family.
In 2010 I took up a voluntary counselling placement where I started an accreditation with Alcohol Focus Scotland. This led to some additional training to enable me to work with Children and Young People which is an area I am especially interested in.
I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling in 2015 and around this time developed an interest in Online Counselling. Having had a very positive experience myself of Online Counselling, and also a desire to reach out to those who may struggle to access face-to-face counselling I went on to acquire specialist training in this area.
I am currently working in a busy Youth Counselling Service alongside running my private Counselling practice for adults and young people. I feel very passionate about my work and find it a true privilege to work and be alongside people and share in their very personal and unique life journeys.