Staff

The PF Staff

The PF Counselling Service is run by a small but dedicated team of five staff.

Alison Hampton

Director

Alison became Director of the PF in 2006, having been one of our voluntary counsellors since 2000.  She worked in NHS Scotland on management, leadership and organisation development issues for over thirteen years. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Alison holds a degree in Business & Management, a Masters in Human Resource Management, and is qualified to British Psychological Society Level B in psychological profiling. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and has thirteen years experience as a voluntary counsellor. Alison divides her time between Edinburgh, where she lives with her partner, and the west coast where she has a small holiday cottage business, 3 grown-up children and 4 grandchildren.

Anja Pogačnik

Operations Manager

Anja joined the PF team in spring of 2021 as our Operations Manager. She has previously hopped between the world of research and sustainability, while being close to the world of counselling through her husband, who is a counsellor. Originally from Slovenia, Anja has called Edinburgh her home since 2013, although she still misses the Mediterranean summers and snowy Alpine winters of Slovenia. When not behind her desk, Anja likes to explore the hidden corners of Scotland, read copious amounts of books, and have deep conversations over endless cups of tea.

Klaudia Franusiak 

Administrator

Klaudia F

Klaudia joined the PF as Administrator in April 2019.  Previously, she worked with children and young people in various roles in education and social services for over ten years. She holds teaching qualifications, a BA English & Film, and she is currently studying a Masters in Mental Health at the University of Edinburgh. In her spare time, Klaudia likes camping, cycling and yoga. In her current role as Administrator at the PF, Klaudia enjoys having a positive impact on people’s lives by delivering great service and being part of a truly dedicated team.

Rhea Philpot

Part-time Administrator

Rhea Philpot

Rhea joined the PF in Autumn 2021. Previously she has worked as a chef, and has a strong customer service and administration background in the financial sector. She is currently also a volunteer counsellor here at the PF, and is studying a Postgraduate Diploma in person-centred counselling with the University of Aberdeen. Originally from New Zealand, Rhea has lived in Scotland since 2007. In her spare time she loves photography, painting and going hill walking to find a stunning scenic view.

Carolyn Valentine

Part-time Administrator

Carolyn joined the PF in February 2022. She has previously worked as a Public Health Researcher for Edinburgh University and the NHS and has a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion. Her research career has focused on the impact of social and psychological factors on health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities in health.  Carolyn lives in Edinburgh with her husband and teenage son and is happiest spending time with them and her friends and family. She also loves Edinburgh and walking around the city discovering new places and the best coffee shops!