Senior Teaching Fellow
Currently Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies. 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
PG Diploma in Counselling, COSCA Accredited Trainer, Relationship Scotland Accredited Relationship Counsellor.
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling: Programme Director and Core tutor
My research interests include the relationship between counselling and wider social change. I am also interested in work that promotes a positive, de-alienating 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.