Janet Watson - counselling, student mentoring and therapeutic writing

Janet Watson - counselling, student mentoring and therapeutic writing

3 Rutland Square

07807 228543

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3 Rutland Square

07807 228543

About me

I'm an experienced practitioner seeing clients with a range of issues from generalised stress and anxiety to relationship and work-related problems. While I specialise in bereavement and loss in my private practice, I am happy to work with whatever a client might bring so please get in touch and let me know what you're needing help with. If you like to use writing when you're struggling with emotional problems, or if you're keen to write a memoir and would like some support, I am an experienced writer and published author and am very enthusiastic about working with clients' journals and diaries. I teach counselling and psychotherapy at Aberdeen University and am a student mentor with the Open University, supporting students who are struggling with their studies because life is getting in the way!

I am particularly interested in the challenges of each phase of life:

  • The struggle to gain independence and find identity
    during our teens
  • Working out who we are in relationships when
    the honeymoon period is over
  • Adapting to life with a new baby
  • Adapting to middle years and the challenges of
    our changing bodies and lives
  • Getting older in a society that places so much
    value on youth and beauty

I believe counselling can give us a stronger sense of who we are and what we need, taking some of the fear out of life’s major transitions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I started my counselling training with Persona, Edinburgh, in 2005 (Certificate in Counselling Skills), going on to gain a specialist qualification in Bereavement and Loss with Cruse Bereavement Care in 2010. I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic and Person Centred Counselling from the University of Edinburgh (2013) and I also have an honours degree in Psychology (2005).

I started counselling with Cruse Bereavement Care Edinburgh in 2010, and have worked voluntarily as a counsellor and assessment counsellor for Edinburgh's renowned PF counselling service since 2012, as well as in my own private practice, OnlyConnect Counselling. I'm a part-time teaching assistant at Aberdeen University (Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a mentor for Open University students, supporting them with emotional and practical issues during their student experience.

As well as the above counselling qualifications, I have also undertaken training in other specific areas via workshops and CPD, including Psychosynthesis and Mindfulness.

I have completed the initial training with Place2be who work with children in primary and secondary schools.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Therapeutic writing and student mentoring


£45 an hour (£35 concessions) Initial appointment half price - £22.50 (£17.50 concessions).

Further information

There is metered car parking on Rutland Square.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH1 2AS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mondays and Tuesdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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