Meet our team of staff who deliver our counselling, training and mindfulness services throughout Scotland.

Angie Cameron – Managing Director, Workplace Trainer, Psychotherapist and Mindful Teacher

I am an accredited psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience. I set up direction in 2001 to provide counselling and training for people looking to develop in their personal and professional life and our company ethos of maintaining warmth and professionalism at all times is key.

I’ve always had a strong interest in meditation and formally trained in 2011 as a mindfulness and compassion practitioner with the Mindfulness Association. I love to share my experience of mindfulness and the benefits it can bring with others.

When I’m not working you’ll usually find me on the tennis court or in my second home, the sea! I love open water swimming, I find it incredibly calming and it brings me so much joy, I think I may have been a mermaid in a former life.

Sarah Jackson – Operations Administrator

I am one half of the support team at direction, specifically coordinating our online activities and assisting with workshops, events and training. It is really rewarding being part of the important role the direction team play in supporting both individuals and businesses.

Outside of work, music, running and yoga are just some of the ways I like to create a little space in my day, especially those spent running after a toddler! But luckily I am able to learn some secrets of mindfulness practice from the experts.

Mandy Mason – Operations Administrator

I’m Mandy and my role within direction is Operations Administator. My job is to assist everyone at direction.

My background is administration, however I have also worked for many interesting companies.

I recently took up yoga and meditation which I love and feel the benefits from in my day to day life. I try to encourage these practices at home and encourage my children to follow in these areas.

Alexia Gaitanou – Counsellor Edinburgh

I am a qualified counsellor and dance movement psychotherapist with over 14 years of experience working with children, young people and adults, in a variety of settings.

I believe that therapy is a space for sharing our stories and gaining a different perspective. This way we can alter old patterns and let go our ‘skeletons in the cupboard’.
I also believe in the power of creativity be it movement, story telling, images.  I invite my clients in a talking and creative way to explore of their worries.
I believe that only when we get to fully know our difficulties, they will become smaller.

Alongside my work as a psychotherapist, I work as a Clinical Supervisor and a Tutor for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of Edinburgh.

Linsay Gow – Counsellor Edinburgh

I am a person centred counsellor with a background in health and social care. Unlike a maze with only one path through, life has many possibilities and offers numerous paths. Sometimes we can feel stuck and I strongly believe that counselling can be enormously beneficial, restorative and empowering; aiding both awareness and understanding of our experiences.  I have worked alongside individuals experiencing a range of issues; including perinatal mental health, loss and bereavement, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships and trauma.  It is my belief that every individual has value; the potential and the internal resources they need to heal or foster growth. I offer a skilled, caring and facilitative presence within a therapeutic space to support you on this journey.

Hilary Rogers – Counsellor Edinburgh

I have been an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist for over twenty years.

I work in an integrative way with individuals and couples with a focus on Relationship and Sexual issues. I also have extensive experience helping clients with many other concerns including trauma, PTSD, bereavement, depression and identity issues.

I live by the sea and enjoy regular coastal walks and have a strong passion for Italian cinema.

Angela Montgomery – Counsellor Edinburgh

I work with individual adults and couples, using an integrative approach based on psychodynamic, systemic, relationship and adult sexuality theories.

I believe counselling can be extremely useful to help deal with difficulties in life, whether it is something that is happening right now or something from your past.

Being supported to explore these issues in a safe, non-judgemental space can help you to find new ways of understanding yourself and the people you have relationships with. Counselling will give you time and space to work through the options available to you and the choices and changes you may want to make for the future.

Sheila Croken- Workplace Trainer Edinburgh

My background is as a qualified physiotherapist with over 20 years experience in the NHS with a strong focus on solution focused therapy.

I am a also qualified Mindfulness and Compassion practitioner and trained with the Mindfulness Association. I deliver mindfulness to adults and children and love to encourage others to experience the many benefits for themselves.

Within my NHS role I have several years experience facilitating a range of leadership courses and working more closely with groups of staff to improve the harmony of the team.

Personally I love to practice Pilates and Yoga and take every opportunity to be in nature.

James Alexander – Counsellor Glasgow

I’ve been counselling and supervising clients for nearly 18 years.

Having begun my career as an actor then became a director / producer in theatre, opera and television, I changed track almost 20 years ago and retrained alongside Angie.

As well as having spent a decade working in the NHS I have continue to offer relationship counselling, specialising in depression, stress and anxiety as well as continuing to supervise other mental health practitioners.

In my spare time I enjoy classical music concerts and walks with Alfie, my cheeky wee Border Terrier.

Elaine Hervey – Counsellor Glasgow

I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and having been working with people in a therapeutic capacity for fifteen years. I use my post-graduate training in psychodynamic and solution focused brief therapy to assist me in identifying what work works in relation to specific client needs.
I have worked with young people and adults in a variety of voluntary, private sector and organisational settings. My experience of working both here in Scotland and in Asia help me to work with people – understanding their values and culture, and building a strong therapeutic relationship.

I hold a strong appreciation for the uniqueness of the individual, of respect, acceptance and non-judgement.

Debbie Tinkler – Counsellor Fife

I have been involved in counselling for over twenty years, having set up and run a third sector counselling service in Perthshire for a number of years before moving to the coast. I’m passionate about helping people reach their potential and embracing who they want to be.

I love walking so spend as much time outdoors as possible and really enjoy doing all things creative.

 

Justin Ryan- Mindfulness Practitioner, Trainer and Facilitator

I hold postgraduate qualifications in social work, education and teaching mindfulness. I have over 20 years experience as a practitioner, enabling and empowering people to identify their own solutions and supporting people with taking the practical steps in life that can address a wide range of physical and mental health needs as well as alcohol and substance use. I have a graduate diploma in mental health practice.
I began facilitating groups professionally in 1995 and have worked as a local authority training officer, as an NHS Learning & Development Specialist, and in management roles.
I established a twice daily meditation practice in 1993 and thoroughly enjoy my role as a mindfulness teacher.
I love cooking, walking, yoga and being with people.

Gillian Duncan – Mindfulness Practitioner and Paws b Teacher

I’ve been practising meditation for over 15 years and I qualified as a mindfulness teacher in 2011.
I’m also a Mindfulness in Schools accredited teacher, trained to deliver the .b and Paws b Mindfulness in Schools programmes for students, and a Connected Kids™ accredited tutor.

I love the outdoors and spend most of my free time and holidays in the mountains – walking, climbing, ski touring or simply soaking up the blessings of nature.