53 E Crosscauseway
63 Shandwick Place
Every problem contains its own solution; every distress its resolution.
This principle, which lies at the heart of my practice as a counsellor, is rooted in both my own experience of personal growth work, and in the sometimes startling journeys I have seen clients make from dis-ease and difficulty, towards ease (with themselves, with their stories) and growth.
Such a possibility can appear distant at times, especially when our ability to access our own resources may have been compromised, either by life experience or circumstance – but by exploring that experience in the supportive setting of the counselling relationship, we can learn to recognize and trust our own truth, and develop the capacity to act upon it.
Each person’s pathway, into and through their own particular difficulty, is of course unique. But what depth psychology now offers is an understanding of, and a feeling for, the kind of landscape this journey might pass through – and a recognition of the likely markers along the way.
As a Person-Centred counsellor, I can offer you the support, and the understanding that you might need to move forwards. So that between us, using your own, possibly un-tapped resources, and my extensive experience of support and personal growth work, we might illuminate the path of your own particular journey - through difficulty, towards understanding, resilience and growth.
I have helped people experiencing various kinds of difficulty, including: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, loss of direction, grief and bereavement, family and other relationship problems, and work-related issues. I have a particular interest in 'inner critic' work - often a key factor in depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues.
I practice from two locations. The first is a lovely room at Compass Counselling, on Edinburgh's Southside. Compass is located on a quiet street just by Saisbury Crags - close to many city bus routes and with ample on-street parking.There is also an abundance of local cafes, should you arrive early, or wish to reflect afterwards.
If a city-centre location is more convenient, then on Tuesdays I practice from County Ho, on Shandwick Place, in the heart of Edinburgh and easily accessible by bus.
If you feel that you might be interested in us working together, then please get in touch (either by phone or email) to arrange an introductory session - where you can test that feeling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Originally a biologist (with a keen interest in human development - biological, cultural and psychological)), I have been involved in personal growth and support work, including body work (Chi Gong) and meditation, for over 20 years.
I began formal counselling training in 2007, studying for the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, and progressed from this to COSCA's Further Steps in Counselling Skills, and then to the Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Glasgow Strathclyde University.
My academic background in biology informs my understanding of the neurophysiological basis of trauma, which in turn supports my practice in the integration of traumatic experiences (including physical, sexual and psychological abuse), through the process of counselling.
Alongside this, my long-term experience of meditation enables me to offer simple relaxation and mindfulness techniques to my clients, where these might be helpful.
I have been in practice for over 5 years, and am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and follow their code of ethics. As well as my private practice (Peacetalk Counselling), I am a volunteer counsellor at the Pilton Community Health Project in Edinburgh.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£20 for an initial introductory session, and £40 per session thereafter, payable after each session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client