Systemic Psychotherapist & Family Therapist
Degrees and Qualifications
- Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy: Glasgow Caledonian University
- Certificate in Counselling Skills: University of Glasgow
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling: Counselling Europe, Netherlands
- Master of Science (MSc) Systemic & Family Psychotherapy: University of Strathclyde
- Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision
Systemic & Family Psychotherapy
Systemic and family psychotherapy helps people in close relationships to help each other. It enables those who care about each other to express and explore their thoughts and feelings safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views and to appreciate each other’s needs. Systemic psychotherapists work with individuals, young people, couples and families to develop a shared understanding of presenting issues, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives. Systemic psychotherapists also offer consultation to teams in the workplace.
My Clinical Experience
I started my career as an NHS Physiotherapist. An increasing awareness of the links between mental and physical health and an interest in early intervention led me to undertake further training, initially in integrative counselling before going on to complete my MSc in Systemic Family Psychotherapy.
I left the NHS in 2004 and since then I’ve worked mainly in the third sector and in schools working with adults, couples, children, young people and their families and school staff.
I also spent some time working with young people and their families in an in-patient unit, where young people were living with more complex and enduring mental health difficulties including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, difficulties with emotion regulation , autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorders, self-harm and self-esteem challenges .
Currently I work part-time for The University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service , supporting students as they move out of their families and adjust to University life. I am also a trainer in Systemic Psychotherapy and provide clinical supervision to other staff working with individuals and families in different contexts.
My Therapeutic Approach
I work with individuals, couples, young people and their families , using a systemic approach to develop a shared understanding of current difficulties. These might be the impact of an individual family member’s mental, developmental or physical health difficulty, problems with communication, difficulties in relationships or difficulty negotiating life events and transitions such as loss, divorce, separation, re-marriage or young people entering adolescence or leaving home. I work with my clients to identify unhelpful relationship patterns, which can make them feel stuck and use a strengths based approach to work together to make changes both within individuals and in their network of close relationships. When working with young children I use play and creative techniques to involve them in sessions.