Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Edinburgh
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist offering video and face to face appointments. I work one to one with adults aged 18 and over. Face to face appointments take place at The Next Chapter in the West End of Edinburgh, and online video sessions take place via Zoom for adults based anywhere within the UK.
I hold a postgraduate qualification and a Masters in counselling and psychotherapy from the University of Edinburgh. My training is in the person-centred and psychodyamic schools of therapy. I have a separate certification in online and telephone counselling.
My experience includes working with low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, overeating and body image, sexuality, identity, loss, trauma, substance misuse, relationship problems, and life transitions (e.g. starting or leaving university or a career, navigating new or changing relationships, migration experiences). I work with people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. I welcome exploration of all aspects of your identity as an individual within society.
I am a Counsellor Member of COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) and adhere to the relevant Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice. Anyone wishing to make a complaint relating to my practice should follow the COSCA Complaints Procedure.
I offer one to one counselling for adults at The Next Chapter in the West End, and online sessions via Zoom. Sessions last 50 minutes and usually take place at the same time each week.
My standard session fee is £50 and I accept bank transfer, cash and credit/debit cards. I offer low cost sessions via The Next Chapter's reduced fee service (funded by the Moston Care Foundation), which operates a waiting list. Contact The Next Chapter for more information.
I offer short term and long term counselling, depending on your circumstances. You might be looking for a set number of sessions to work through a particular issue that's been on your mind, or perhaps you are interested in a longer term experience to explore and understand yourself better, or prefer not to feel time limited.
Whether you have had counselling before or are considering it for the first time, I offer a free 20 minute video or phone consultation. We can use this opportunity to talk about what brings you to counselling and what you might be looking for, in order to help you decide if you would like to begin weekly therapy with me.
I am trained in psychodynamic and person-centred therapy. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on our self-awareness and understanding of how the unconscious past shapes our experience of the present. The person-centred approach aims to facilitate growth through the offering of acceptance, authenticity and empathy. Both of these approaches value the therapy relationship as a space which facilitates healing and new understanding of oneself within the world.
What does this look like in practice? I aim to provide an environment which feels warm, holding and safe. Your session is a space for you to talk about whatever feels important to you, at your own pace. Rather than trying to solve your problems for you, I listen without judgement or expectations and aim to help you reflect on your experience.
I work in a non-pathologising way, which means that I do not impose a diagnosis on you and your experiences. Instead, I am here to listen and reflect on what you share of your own unique story. However, clients may bring labels or diagnoses into the therapy space, and I welcome the exploration of language as part of your journey to understand yourself in a way that feels authentic and holistic.