About Me

From Nursing to Counselling...

My background is twenty five years as a nurse in a wide variety of fields including critical care, caring for those who were nearing the end of their lives and care of children.  During that time it became clear to me that there is a close connection between body and mind that is fundamental to the unique experience of each individual. I observed frequently that I could make a real difference to my patients by listening to their worries and concerns and that often this had a positive effect that was at least as beneficial as the physical care they received.  I was drawn to my counselling training by this realisation.

My Counselling Training...

I began my counselling training by working for Cruse Bereavement Care and other voluntary organisations while studying for an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).  Since graduating from this course in 2009, I have taken part in continuous professional and personal development in line with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and I am to be found on their register of practitioners. In 2015 I attended courses for Couples' Counselling and Supervision for other Counsellors.

Where I work...

I run my own private practice near Auchterarder, between Stirling and Perth. I am the Bereavement Support Coordinator for Adults at Strathcarron Hospice. I work with the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Stirling Branch) to provide counselling support for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis and their families across central Scotland and I am the counsellor for Neuro Central a charity that supports people affected by neurolgical diseases in central Scotland.

I offer a professional counselling service based on a client/counsellor relationship that is built on honesty and trust and works through a combination of listening, talking, support, challenge and above all, encouragement.
I offer counselling near Auchterarder and within easy reach of Aberuthven, Muthill, Crieff, Comrie, Muckhart, Dollar, Perth, Stirling, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan areas.

Lighthouse Counselling Scotland adheres to the new General Data Protection Regulations (2018) which protects your privacy and rights to confidentiality. Full details of my Privacy Policy can be found here.

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