Thank you for visiting my website - please have a look around to learn more about me and what I can offer people considering counselling or psychotherapy.

People choose to come to counselling or therapy for a wide range of reasons; perhaps you have a specific issue you want to work with, or maybe you feel more generally unhappy or dissatisfied in your life and want to explore the reasons for this in order to make changes.  Counselling and therapy can help with all sorts of specific difficulties; examples include alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders, self harm, phobias and compulsive behaviours, loss and bereavement, bullying, and other traumatic experiences such as childhood or domestic abuse, rape and assault.  They can also help with less specific issues such as questions about sexuality, relationship and family difficulties, gender identity, aging, anxiety, stress and depression, and struggles with self-esteem and self-image.  There are as many reasons to choose counselling and therapy as there are people; whatever is troubling you, counselling and therapy can give you a safe, confidential space to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences, help you to identify changes and choices you can make, and help you harness your resources in order to achieve your goals.  Put simply, having someone neutral to talk to who will listen and not judge you can make a big difference.

In addition to counselling and psychotherapy, I offer clinical supervision and training, and am a writer, and co-author of the fifth edition of of the best-selling book First Steps in Counselling.


First Steps in Counselling

5th Edition

I'm really proud to announce that the 5th Edition of First Steps, co-authored by Pete Sanders, Andy Rogers and myself is now available to buy following a launch event on 9th April 2021. Available from the usual sources including the publishers, who offer a discounted price, further discounts for members of several Membership bodies, and free p&p.


In addition to my work for the University of Edinburgh as a clinical supervisor and my Honorary Tutor status with Persona and Aberdeen University, this academic year I have had the pleasure of  working as a lecturer for the University of East London, and as a regular guest lecturer for Roehampton University.,


In light of the current situation, I am working online or via phone only for the moment. I look forward to returning to face to face work as well as soon as possible at my premises in Portobello, and will no longer be working in the city centre.


I am proud to announce that I have been awarded Fellowship of the National Counselling Society in recognition of my contribution to the field of counselling. It's a great honour.

First Steps in Counselling

I'm pleased to announce that I am co-authoring the fifth edition of this wonderful book that I used at the start of my own training. It is a privilege to be able to work with Pete Sanders and Andy Rogers to birng the book up to date.

Online therapy and video calls

I now work internationally, offering therapy and supervision via online platforms such as Zoom and Skype.

Book Launch

The new book on LGBTQIA+ mental health, Headcase, in which I have a chapter, is due to be launched this month at launch parties in New York and San Francisco.


I have recently joined the team at Hope Park as a supervisor for University of Edinburgh full time counselling students.

Supervision Accreditation

The National Counselling Society have recently added me to their Accredited Register as an Approved Supervisor.

Trauma & critical incident support

I now offer trauma. vicarious trauma and critical incident support via some of the companies i work with as an associate.