About Adela

I am a registered psychodynamic counsellor offering individual consultations in the Dumfries area, SW Scotland. I am happy to work face to face or online.

056701_logo(6)As a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) and Counselling in Scotland (CMCOSCA), I adhere to the ethical guidelines of these professional bodies.

My aim is to provide a confidential service for adults and young people (16+) which embraces ‘diversity, equality and inclusivity’ (BACP).

I am also a member of the Scottish Association of Psychodynamic Counselling. My commitment to regular clinical supervision and Continued Professional Development is ongoing and I hold full Disclosure Scotland.


  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • combat-related stress
  • pregnancy issues, birth trauma, postnatal depression
  • anxiety, depression, low self esteem
  • loss, bereavement
  • anger issues, self harm
  • relationship issues
  • child sexual abuse (historic)
  • ‘boarding school syndrome’
  • violence-related stress, sexual violence
  • work or study-related stress
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programmes)

Clients I have worked with include:

  • ex-service personnel (war veterans)
  • emergency service workers, shift workers
  • mothers, fathers, new parents
  • midwives, doulas
  • students, professionals
  • unemployed & employed individuals
  • survivors of violence, survivors of child sexual abuse
  • ex-offenders, refugees

Please note: counselling services are not limited to the areas listed above, all enquiries are very welcome. To find out more, see here for booking information, fees, location and availability.


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling & Therapeutic Care, Human Development Scotland/Glasgow Caledonian University 2013
  • Founder, Mindful Doulas preparation course, Doula UK 2003
  • Diploma of Education in Midwifery, Lothian College of Health Studies 1995

In addition to my independent practice, I have been working at a centre for survivors of sexual violence and abuse since 2012. Recent CPD days include Healing Trauma the Equine Way @ Changeways, Working Safely & Therapeutically Online & How Feelings are Expressed in Online Counselling @ OCTIA.

I have background experience in teaching and 20 years in maternity care as a midwife and as a doula (birth companion), I am also a published writer.