Specialist Problems need Specialist Solutions
My Professional qualifications; Post graduate(University of the West of Scotland Alcohol & Drug Studies
with Clinical Practice)
Advanced Diploma in Psychotheraputic Supervision (Master's level)
Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (Senior Accredited Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist)
Certificate in Relationship Therapy
Diploma (Accredited in working with Sexual Addiction: Individuals, Couples, Partners)
Accredited member of STOPSO
Certificate in Online Counselling Skills
Certificate in Working online with groups
I have undertaken further training in Compassionate Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Analytical Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Emotional Freedom Technique (for trauma). I also undertake Continuous Professional Development training each year. Working with a highly qualified Therapist is essential, but a Therapist must also be sufficiently skilled in their specialities. Skills come with experience. With complex health conditions such as addiction, highly skilled Therapists are essential. If you are prepared to work hard, addiction can be tackled and overcome successfully.
I was Registered as a Nurse (cardiac surgery/intensive care adults & children) for many years and latterly retrained to become a Psychotherapist. I worked in Substance Misuse & Criminal Justice for a number of years and also for Relate, for the NHS & Relationships Scotland as a Sexual & Relationship Psychotherapist. I work in a Russel Group University where I set up and run the Online Therapy Service, providing Therapy for students. I have worked in the Middle East and also in Greece. I have a keen interest in the effects of living with chronic (unexplained) pain on individuals, their relationships and their quality of life.
My specialist areas of Therapy:
Working Online to create a real relationship between client and Therapist requires a skilled and experienced Therapist that has had specialist training and is qualified to undertake the work. A deep understanding can be gained about clients emotional states and a connection through words across the ether is created. Positive ways forward can then be found.
Working with young adults aged 18+, students with academic and mental health problems.
Working in Psychosexual Therapy General relationship difficulties, having a baby, perhaps both of you want different things and I can help you to explore how you can move forward. Psychosexual Therapy helps people to relax about sex as individuals and also with their partner. Trust and communication between partners can be improved and physical problems addressed in a sensitive and caring way. Couples agree goals to aim for and are given homework/tasks to do between sessions. The therapist will address any difficulties or blocks that may be encountered and we shall progress until a more harmonious relationship is achieved.
Working with Sexual Addiction Compulsive use of internet porn, affairs, escorts, can become out of hand and happen to females and young adults too. Partners, children, parents and employers of those addicted can be affected. Individuals can find their sexual behaviour confusing and worrying but may be unable to stop. What started off as an occasional porn surf can easily become a relentless task master, taking too much of your time and leaving you drained of emotions and unable to engage in important relationships or meaningful activities. Approaching your GP (who is unlikely to specialise in this area) particularly if you are female, may be scary and embarrassing. I am a member of ATSAC Association for the treatment of Sexual Addiction and compulsivity.
Working in Substance abuse (including alcohol and prescription drugs) is another specialist area. The combination of obsessive thoughts, physical cravings and compulsive behaviours (as well as serious financial difficulties) can leave people feeling desperate and hopeless. Both physical and psychological health can quickly deteriorate as do relationships. Finding stability is firstly needed and if events or relationships from the past are still impacting on the individual, these can be explored and processed in order to assist the person to move forward.
I warmly welcome all potential clients who may wish to benefit from an Integrative approach, (meaning one size/approach does not fit all), I can choose from a number of therapy models and often use Compassionate Focused therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques. I am understanding and empathic and also able to gently challenge behaviours that are not helpful in achieving your goals. Humor is often experienced between myself and clients, and it can help to lighten your load, but we can equally share the sadness of loss and the threat of fear.
If you believe that I will be able to provide a therapeutic relationship and approach that will be beneficial to you, please get in touch.
I look forward to working with you.