Pam grew up in Dundee and has since lived in England, Aberdeenshire and Dunfermline. She recently moved to Dundee to live nearer to family. She is married to John who is also a counsellor. They are both part of the team who has set up Hope Counselling, Dundee. She is passionate about family life. She has four grown up children and currently four grandchildren, whom she loves to spend time with.
Pam offers counselling to young people, adults and couples, including those with additional support needs such as autism and learning difficulties. She uses an integrative model of counselling which combines the approaches of Person-Centred Counselling, Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy allowing a flexible approach and tailoring sessions to suits client’s needs. She endeavours to create a confidential, non-judgemental and safe space for people to bring the complex, messy reality of you they are, to be understood, helped and supported on the journey towards well-being.
She has nearly five hundred hours of voluntary counselling experience mainly with Life & soul counselling in the Wellness Centre, Balerno.
She also has extensive experience of facilitating group work, mainly twelve years’ experience of facilitating group work for those affected by eating disorders. She has used a solution-focused approach to facilitate two groups of eight weeks with teenage young people affected by loss. She has previously facilitated two groups for parents of teenagers.
She can help with a range of situations including anxiety, stress, anger issues, depression, illness, relationship problems, loss and bereavement and trauma. Some of these issues can be masked by addictive behaviours such as self-harm, eating disorders and the addictive use of drugs and alcohol. She can help bring understanding and support to those affected directly or indirectly by addictive behaviours.
She invites clients with faith to include their spiritual beliefs and experiences in the counselling discussion if they find it helpful.
She has over twenty years’ experience of teaching physical education to children from three years old to eighteen years old, including latterly six years’ experience of supporting secondary age children with autism, ADHD and learning difficulties. She has recently retired early from teaching to focus more on her passion for counselling.Qualifications and Training:
- Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Physical Education
- Vital Connexions Diploma in Counselling
- Vital Connexions Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Thirty hours plus training in children and young peoples’ work
- Currently undertaking supervision training with ACT counselling services
- Listening with the Heart counselling skills certificate 60 hours
- COSCA Counselling skills certificate Aberdeen
- Basic Biblical Counselling skills 50 hours Waverley Abbey College, Farnham, Surrey
- Aberdeen University Post Graduate Certificate in Guidance and Pupil Support
- West Lothian Autism Level 1 Training
- Mental Health First Aid Course 12 hours
- Member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)