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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.

Claire Singh – Operations Edinburgh

I manage the day to day operations at direction and ensure things run smoothly for our clients and the counselling team. My role is varied and involves assisting our Managing Director, recruitment and marketing our counselling services, events and courses via social media, newsletters and on our website. I also deal with the referral of private and EAP clients onto our counsellors, ensuring the client is matched with the most suitable counsellor for their needs. I enjoy helping people and ensure that all our clients are treated sensitively, with kindness and compassion.

I enjoy yoga, being outdoors with my young boys and reading in my spare time.

Alexia Gaitanou – Counsellor Edinburgh

I am a person-centered counsellor, dance movement psychotherapist and creative supervisor. I have experience working with children and young people in educational settings and with adults in a variety of community settings.
I believe in the power of creativity be it movement, story telling or images, as a way of finding our way during difficult moments and becoming stronger.

I also like to dance, swim and play in my spare time.

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-judgmental 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.

Andrew Teece – Counsellor Edinburgh

My first aim in counselling is to provide a safe and supportive space so you feel able to say whatever is important to you. Gently exploring your situation can then lead to more understanding of relationships and feeling better about yourself, with the aim of empowering you to achieve lasting change.
I was raised to care deeply about other people’s wellbeing, enjoy connecting with people and am fascinated by relationships and what makes us feel and behave the way we do. I therefore trained as a Relationship Counsellor and work with all aspects of relationships along with issues including stress, anxiety, low mood, trauma and loss. I am committed to continuous professional development. Recent training has included working with sexual trauma & a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood attachment on relationships.

I love to dance and explore the great outdoors.

Susan – Counsellor Edinburgh

I have a calm and attentive presence with an empathic and compassionate spirit. I aim to create a safe, therapeutic space in which to foster self-awareness, mindfulness, personal growth and transformation. I work collaboratively and empathically with clients to explore their presenting issues. I see my clients as unique individuals and endeavor to listen without judgement whilst treating them with dignity and respect.
Over the past 20 years I have volunteered with various charities and gained extensive knowledge and experience in supporting and caring for individuals through challenging and difficult times. I am particularly interested in trauma, bereavement and loss.

I love books, music, cinema, art and also enjoy yoga and mindfulness.

Cecile Starsmeare – Counsellor Edinburgh (Placement)

I like to bring a calm, genuine, open minded attitude enabling people to feel completely at ease to share whatever they feel comfortable exploring in a safe, supportive environment. Working in a person centered way, I always have my client’s best interests at heart, really being there alongside them and gently helping them think through ways of managing the difficulties they experience. I am happy to work face to face within the peaceful setting of the dedicated room at direction, or alternatively online in a safe, confidential space at our mutual convenience.

In my spare time I enjoy the challenge of swimming in the sea, the endorphins of running in the countryside, and the peace found in gardening.

Jen Murray – Counsellor Edinburgh (Placement)

My aim is to create an emotionally safe, non-judgmental, and nurturing space where people can lean in and be their full selves, whatever that looks like on a given day.
I am currently completing a diploma in person-centered counselling with the aim of becoming a wilderness therapist; exploring outdoor therapy in a way that works for you as an individual.
Over the past 10 years I have worked and volunteered in a range of community education spaces with young people and adults. I have an MSc in mental health and physical activity and have a passion for finding the “thing” or “things” that makes us feel more connected with ourselves, other people and our environment.

I love being outdoors, books, hiking, music, writing and yoga.

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.

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 practicing 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.