Heather is particularly interested in working with individuals who are going through life transitions and in particular she has experience of working with carers and adults with long-term health issues such as chronic pain, cancer, multiple schlerosis, chronic fatigue, TBI, stroke, post-natal depression, and relationship issues.
Heather is experienced in using British Sign Language (up to level 3) and working with culturally deaf populations.
Heather's way of workingHeather takes a person-centred approach to her counselling and psychotherapy work. She works in a compassionate and collaborative way, making use of a variety of evidence-based therapies including person-centred therapy and cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) in order to find the best approach for each individual's needs and preferences. Heather aims to provide a warm, non-judgmental, and empathetic relationship which enables each client to explore and work on their distress.
Heather's background and experienceHeather has worked in a range of settings. She has worked as a counsellor within the third sector, within general adult mental health, and also in clinical health settings. She also has experience working as a disability and autism support worker both in the UK and overseas (USA and Sri Lanka). She specialised in working with individuals with aphasia or physical disabilities as a result of a stroke as well as those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger's who are pursuing higher education.
Heather has a doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University; a post-graduate certificate in Counselling Skills from the University of Strathclyde; and a BSc (hons) in Psychology. In addition, she has British Sign Language level 3.
Heather is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Heather charges £100 per session for self-funded clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.