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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
I am a BACP accredited counsellor/ psychotherapist and an accredited EMDR Practitioner. I am based just outside Edinburgh in the village of Cockenzie ,East Lothian in Scotland.
I trained in Transactional Analysis (TA), a school of counselling that is particularly versatile and flexible whether used in short term solution focused counselling or for deeper longer term psychotherapeutic work.
I am an EMDR accredited practitioner and use this technique in the treatment of PTSD and trauma. I find it particularly helpful for individuals who have experienced a single trauma such as an accident or any kind of assault or been involved in a traumatic event. It is also helpful in treating depression and anxiety. I also use EMDR Flash Technique a minimally invasive and very effective treatment for severe PTSD symptoms,
My particular area of interest is workplace bullying and harassment. I specialise in helping people who have been exposed to a hostile work environment and are left feeling traumatised by this toxic interaction. I have extensive experience and training in this field and it was the subject of my MSc Thesis and is an ongoing area of research.
As a member of the International Association for Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH), I keep up to date with the latest research developments in this field and I also maintain a research interest in this area and may occasionally invite clients to participate in research studies.
Areas of interest
PTSD; Workplace Bullying; Psychological Trauma; Depression; Anxiety; Emotional Abuse; Domestic Violence; Sexual Abuse and Assault; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Adults Age 16+; EMDR for trauma and PTSD; Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy;
Workplace Bullying and Harassment;
The experiences of individuals exposed to a hostile work environment
The impact of workplace bullying on Bystanders
Reading, Creative Writing, Photography and Crochet.
International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research and Process
O’Neill, M. and Borland, D., 2018 Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Experiences of Four Individuals Reporting Exposure to Workplace Bullying in the UK. International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research and Process, 9(1), pp 23-41
Courses offered to GPs
Understanding the Dynamics of Workplace Bullying and harassment; a talk focusing on the impact of bullying on the individual and the psychological dynamic created between perpetrator and target.
Coaching the Abrasive manager; this talk focuses on the work of Dr Laura Crawshaw (with whom I trained in 2015) and examines her work with coaching abrasive managers. Her method of "Boss Whispering" and its possibility in the UK workplace
- MSc. Transactional Analysis Counselling Queen Margaret University 2015
- EMDR Training EMDR Works 2014
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Accredited Member BACP 2011
- Accredited Practitioner EMDR Association 2017