Prior to joining the core team in 2011 I spent over 15 years working for a voluntary sector mental health charity. During this time I helped set up and then manage, Plan2change based in Craigmillar. This was one of the first paid, mental health peer support projects, in Europe. Latterly I was concerned with the development and delivery of training in Recovery Focussed mental health practice. I was one of the core trainers involved in the roll out of the 10 Essential Shared Capabilities and Realising Recovery amongst NHS staff and other mental professionals across Scotland. I also worked until 2018 as a Relationship Counsellor at Couple Counselling Lothian/Bright Light where in addition to client work I was involved in developing a Restorative Practice approach to working with couples where there is domestic abuse
My research interests include the relationship between counselling and wider social change..I am also interested in work that promotes a positive, dealienating. masculinity and feminity. My main philosophical influences/interests are Marxism, Ecology, Object Relations, Anthropology, in particular myths and rituals and Socialist Feminism.
Working with my colleague Tim McConville I have until recently co-led a research programme in developing a ‘Couple Counselling in Safe Mode’ to support counsellors working with couples where there is conflict involving low to medium levels of abuse. I am currently following up my interest in The Scottish Roots of the Object Relations Approach with Fiona Murray and a Persons in Relation approach to counselling. I am also Programme Director and Core tutor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling.