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Approaches used in our counselling sessions

Each individual has their own unique perspectives on their life experience and difficulties. I work in collaboration with you to develop a therapeutic relationship.

This approach helps us to develop an awareness and understanding of how you can use your signature strengths. We work in partnership to identify and learn coping strategies and look at ways to apply these skills in everyday situations.


Avalon is a place to go to heal.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


Cognitive behaviour Therapy uses a wide range of tools to help you develop an understanding of how to manage difficult thoughts, emotions and challenging situations.


Change involves looking at situations differently and in shifting our perspective we are able to then modify our behaviour accordingly. We can learn to manage our emotions by understanding how our emotions increase and decrease according to the situation and how we feel about our ability to cope.


We will use a wide range of resources to help you achieve your goals and gain confidence in overcoming life’s many challenges.


Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)


We can define compassion as “A sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try and alleviate and prevent it”


This therapeutic approach has at core the awareness of a need to nurture a caring kind and compassionate way to alleviate suffering in ourselves. Compassionate mind training is helpful in learning how to treat yourself when things go wrong.


Self-criticism is one of the barriers to living a contented, creative life connected to other through deeper self-awareness and acceptance.


I will support you to develop mindfulness meditations and practices that will enhance emotional wellbeing and improve your relationship with others and yourself.

Walk and Talk


A wealth of research has demonstrated the benefits of outdoor activities as part of an overall approach to improved mental and emotional health. We also know that psychical exercise helps in moderating our emotions and improving mood.


I offer 1 hour or 90 Minute walking sessions in the local Renfrewshire area where we can share the experience of walking in the countryside and discuss issues that are important to you.


While this is not formal counselling, it does provide a way to enjoy being around nature and establish different ways to enhance your wellbeing. From my experience people find the open spaces beneficial in opening up and thinking of solutions to problems in a creative way.


Walks will be guided and mapped out to ensure safety and take account of mobility, health and weather conditions.

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