About Me and Provence Counselling
I work from a Person-Centred perspective which essentially means that I believe in the individual’s ability to grow and develop in the way that is best for them. I place great importance and emphasis on the relationship between the Client and the Counsellor. I believe that if a Client experiences warmth, empathy and a non-judgmental attitude within an honest, trusting and secure environment, then the facilitation that results from this can be pivotal in effecting personal growth and change.
I gained the BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Strathclyde's Counselling Unit, which has an international reputation for teaching, development and research in the Person-Centred Approach. I also worked at the Tom Allan Centre in Glasgow, which offers a generic counselling service for adults. I worked with clients with a wide range of issues including eating disorders, bereavement issues, depression, anger management, alcohol problems, anxiety and relationship difficulties.
For the last 14 years I have worked in various areas of Psychology including research, teaching and counselling. After completing a degree in Psychology, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist with the Children and Parents Service in Newcastle, assisting families experiencing difficulties, and mentoring children and adolescents.
I moved to Glasgow in 1996 for a post as a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department of Glasgow Caledonian University. This opportunity lead to my studying for a PhD investigating the effects of heavy social drinking on the brain. While working for my PhD I was involved in teaching on the undergraduate Psychology degree. This brought me into regular contact with students and I was often called upon to listen to the personal, non-academic problems they were experiencing.
On completion of my doctorate, I conducted research at the University of Glasgow and the Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, investigating the effects of stroke on the left hemisphere of the brain. This brought me into close contact with stroke patients and their families at a time of considerable worry and stress for them. The aspects of my research that involved contact with patients and their families were enjoyable and rewarding, and I felt that I wanted to do something more 'hands on', and decided to move into counselling.
I also have experience of working in a corporate setting, as I was employed by IBM for five years in their Head Office in Portsmouth, before deciding to go to university. I have travelled extensively and worked abroad previously. My varied life and work experiences have allowed me to make connections with people from all kinds of backgrounds and I find this to be enormously helpful in my work as a counsellor.