About Me

Hello to you! A warm welcome to Caithness Mentality! I'm Leanne and I was born and raised in Caithness, which to me, is the most beautiful county in Scotland. It's home. I moved to Aberdeen for university in 2014 and have been asked "Is there electricity where you come from?" "Are there shops up there? How do you eat?". I know...

Anyway! I studied Psychology to a Masters degree at the Robert Gordon University. Having conducted 2 research dissertations on mental health in Caithness, I am fully aware of the mental health challenges and risks that arise in Caithness. It is important to understand that mental health is something that we all have and is nothing to be ashamed of. 

1 in 4 of us will struggle with a mental health problem at some point in our lives. I am aware that resources for your mental health in Caithness are limited. It is alarming to read about the people offering support for mental health challenges who have no appropriate knowledge or experience in the field. It has been proven that trying to help someone with a mental health problem, without sufficient knowledge or experience on the subject, does more damage to the person seeking help. 

My passion is mental health and to help people be their best.

Qualifications and Training

  • BA(Hons) Applied Social Sciences 

  • MSc Applied Psychology (BPS Accredited) 

  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Introduction to Life Coaching - Learn How to Become a Professional Coach

  • Adult/Child Support and Protection 

  • Trained Crisis Volunteer

Experience

Having studied Psychology for 5 years at university, I am equipped with professional in-depth knowledge and experience of mental health and mental health challenges. I have a BA Honours degree where I studied Counselling and learnt about a range of different therapy approaches for improving mental health.

I have successfully completed a Masters (MSc) in Applied Psychology which has equipped me with the skills to apply theories of positive psychology into practice. 

I am a Crisis Volunteer where I take people from an intense hot moment to a calming one. Some of the intense topics that I deal with include, but are not limited to, suicide, self-harm and sexual abuse. 

I have almost 3 years of experience in a support worker role where I would incorporate coaching skills. I have supported a diverse range of people including those with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism and learning disabilities.

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