About Me - skills, qualifications and memberships
By way of telling you a little about myself, I am a:
- Certified Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) - CTA(P)
- Registered Member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
- Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- UK Body Accredited Member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland)
- Founding Member of the STAA (Scottish Transactional Analysis Association)
In addition, I adhere closely to the UKATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, the UKCP Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct and, also, the COSCA Statement of Ethics & Code of Practice.
Having graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1998, I've spent over 15 years working with people experiencing mental health problems. I also have a background in supporting people with learning disabilities.
Over the years, I have gained over 8,000 hours of clinical experience of treating a variety of presenting issues, including the following:
depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, agoraphobia, panic attacks, self-harm, eating disorders, anger issues, bereavement, phobias, drug and alcohol abuse, assertiveness, adult survivors of abuse and bullying, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), impulse control disorders, personality disorders and relationship problems for both individuals and couples
Since January 2012, I have been contracted by a local charity to supply long-term psychotherapy to armed forces veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalised anxiety. panic disorder, depression and other associated life difficulties arising from their time in active service.
As part of this work, I recently completed two years of quantitative and qualitative outcome research into the effectiveness of transactional analysis psychotherapy as a treatment for PTSD among military personnel. Both the initial pilot project and the full-scale study are now published in the International Journal of TA Research (IJTAR), which can be accessed free of charge by signing up on the IJTAR website. Alternatively, please click on the following links for free PDF versions of both papers: