About Me

Hello there, welcome to Sisu counselling, I deliver counselling in Dumfries and counselling in Thornhill. I am an integrative counsellor with over 19 years experience in psychology, counselling and mental health. I provide expert and completely confidential help, in a safe and empathic environment. Here, you can work on whatever issues may be troubling you – from anxiety and depression, to relationship problems, trauma, low self-esteem, and more. I offer highly-focused brief counselling or long-term psychotherapy, as required. I am able to provide sessions to adults and young people. I am a trained relationship counsellor providing counselling to families, couples and individuals.




What makes me different from the crowd? An essential aspect of every good counsellor is having the training and knowledge of working with specific types of problems but by itself, this is not enough. Your specific life challenges have shaped and affected you differently from everyone else.  You are a completely unique, intricate individual made like no one else and it is on this which we will build our therapeutic relationship to achieve your chosen goals – a relationship in which I will  help you feel safe, accepted, valued, heard and unjudged.  This is at the core of my practice.

I first trained as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor working with individuals, then as an Integrative Relationship Counsellor. More recently I have worked meticulously with families, young people and mental health issues such as complex trauma.

I am a registered counsellor with COSCA (Scotland’s professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and also hold qualified trainer status to teach the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Course to others.  The COSCA Register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Four years ago I founded a leading, local mental health charity which provides counselling and support services to those in need, for which I serve as Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as Head of Counselling Services.  We network with education, third sector, social services and are funded by the Scottish government.

Although I play a large part in the charity I still want to keep my private practice which is Sisu counselling. Welcome.

About Sisu

The concept of Sisu?

Sisu Begins Where Perseverance Ends

Adversities are an integral part of human experience, but what is it that enables us to endure the toughest of situations and act against nearly impossible odds? What keeps us going, when we feel we have reached the end of our abilities?


The small Nordic country of Finland has a cultural construct known as sisu, used to describe the enigmatic power that enables individuals to push through significant hardships. The term dates back hundreds of years. However, the idea of sisu is much older. It is a central part of Finnish collective discourse and can been seen as a life philosophy. Sisu is extraordinary courage and determination in the face of adversity. It’s about not seeing a silver lining in the clouds, and yet jumping into the storm anyways. At the core of sisu is the idea that in each of us there is more strength that meets the eye. Even though the construct of sisu has its roots in Finland, it is relevant to all human beings anywhere in the world. It is a potential which we all share, and which can have a powerful impact on our daily lives. Sisu is embodied by people everywhere who defy the odds and hold on to hope when there at first seems to be none. 


sisu as a reserve of power which enables extraordinary action to overcome mentally or physically challenging situations. something that acts as a pathway to resilience, which is referred to as the dynamic process of positive adaptation to stress or a tragedy. One could say that sisu begins where grit and perseverance end, and is akin to an extra gear of psychological strength


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