Vanessa Blackmore (MBACP) - Counselling and Pyschotherapy

Vanessa Blackmore (MBACP) - Counselling and Pyschotherapy

Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
51 Lothian Road

The South Side Centre
86 Causewayside

0782 490 2251

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Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
51 Lothian Road

The South Side Centre
86 Causewayside

0782 490 2251

About me

I help people discover their authentic self, their ability to form healthy loving relationships, to be free from anxiety and depression, and to re-engage with life in ways that are more nourishing, creative and resilient.

I offer you a safe confidential space, where together we can explore what is troubling you. I will listen and support you in discovering new possibilities that will expand your capacity for self-understanding, autonomy, spontaneity and intimacy.

I am an experienced psychotherapist and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). My professional training has been extensive over the past 11 years, and I have in-depth knowledge of both Gestalt Psychotherapy and Transactional Analysis Counselling.

This year in March 2016 I started a 2 year training course in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy with Ruella Frank. Inspired by the work of developmental psychologists, motor theorists, and somatic educators, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy is a template for understanding and working with early psycho-physical blocks as they emerge in present moments of the adult therapy session. Attending to movement patterns within therapy is particularly powerful when guided by current developmental thinking.

I have experience working with people from a range of diverse backgrounds, both in short and long-term settings. At the heart of my work is a deep respect for the uniqueness and dignity of each person that I work with. It is my view that in seeking therapy people are making an important and courageous step towards taking control of their health and well-being.

I have helped people resolve many psychological difficulties including chronic anxiety and panic, depression, trauma, abuse, self-harm, loss, low self-esteem and relationship problems. I also have additional training in body-related issues, such as eating disorders, body-image, living with physical pain, and the impact of long-term illnesses such as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Gestalt Therapy - Edinburgh Gestalt Institute (3 years)
COSCA validated Diploma in Transactional Analysis - CPTI Edinburgh (4 years)
Certificate in The Theory and Practice of Body Psychotherapy with Transactional Analysis - Berne Institute
Certificate in Counselling Skills - University of Birmingham (1 year)

Other training and professional development:
Sexuality as a vitalising force in the personality - Northern College for Body Psychotherapy - 2006
'Holding Patterns' - Northern College for Body Psychotherapy - 2006
'Helping the Helper' - Babette Rothschild - Northern College of Body Psychotherapy - 2008
A Kaleidoscope of the Mind: Working with Dreams in Psychotherapy - Edinburgh Gestalt Institute - 2010
Healing and Gestalt Psychotherapy - Edinburgh Gestalt Institute - 2012
Non-Verbal interventions - Edinburgh Gestalt Institute - 2012
'The Self and the Body' - A gestalt approach to eating disorders - Manchester Gestalt Centre - 2012
Working with Anger - Manchester Gestalt Centre - 2013
Body Process Practicum - The Edinburgh Gestalt Institute - 2013-2014
The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation - Confer 2014
Rethinking Trauma - National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine - 2014/2015
Working with Relational Trauma - Possitive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODs) - 2015

Voluntary Experience:

Two years working as a volunteer counsellor for the children's charity Place2Be
One year working as a volunteer counsellor at PF Counselling Service, Edinburgh

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Difficulties with saying 'no', and fear of conflict
  • Shyness and social anxiety
  • General dissatisfaction and loss of direction
  • I also have a background in the visual arts, and I offer help with overcoming creative blocks.


Fees £50 per session

I offer a free 20 minute space on Saturday mornings for us to meet. This is an informal space for people to find out if they want to go ahead with therapy. Please note this is not an assessment session.

Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.

Monthly payment by BACS bank transfer or standing order can be arranged for longer-term therapy.

I welcome email enquires if you would like to find out more before making the commitment to attending an initial assessment session.

Further information

I am in regular clinical supervision with an experienced UKCP Accredited Gestalt psychotherapist.

I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance cover with the Psychologists Protection Society.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ
Edinburgh, EH9 1PY

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wednesdays 8am - 8.30pm, Thursdays 8am - 7pm, Fridays 2pm -7pm, Saturdays 9am -12noon

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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