I live and work in East Lothian and have done so for most of my life. I love East Lothian
as it is close to Edinburgh City Centre but also close to the countryside too. I love going
for walks in the country or along the beach but I also love the buzz of city life.
In Musselburgh I have the best of both worlds. I am married with two grown up daughters.
I love dancing, swimming, walking, jogging, singing, reading and more recently crocheting!
In 2003 I embarked on a two year counselling training programme with Persona
Counselling - this course is now accredited by the University of Stirling. At the
end of my training I gained a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling. I will explain
more about this on the next page.
In 2004 I set up the counselling service at CHANGES Community Health Project, Musselburgh.
Initially I ran this service by myself, however in 2008 I recruited a student to work
alongside me as the counselling service was growing at great speed.
From 2008 until my departure from CHANGES in 2011 I mentored and supported a high
number of students on placement as they trained to become counsellors. Many of them
are now qualified and working as counsellors today.
The counselling service I set up at CHANGES is well established and highly respected in
the community of East Lothian and also amongst the Universities and Colleges as a
placement opportunity for trainee counsellors.
More recently I set up and developed a counselling service within Dad's Work, Musselburgh.
I recruited and mentored a counsellor who is currently running this service.
I am a highly experienced group worker and some of the groups I have facilitated are:-
First Steps to Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
Developing Positive Thinking
Women's Support Group
I have an HNC in counselling which covers the Psychodynamic, Gestalt, CBT
and Humanistic Approaches to counselling. I also have a TA101 certificate.