Lindsay Irvine, MBACP, Counselling, Outdoor Therapy, Somatic Experiencing
My name is Lindsay and I hope to provide a down-to-earth, accepting and reassuring counselling relationship for us to explore issues together. You may be feeling low or anxious, or be dealing with divorce, or abuse from the past or other issues. I respect the courage it takes to seek help and open up about difficult things, and I am happy to receive emails if you have any questions at all.
Location and Fees
I offer sessions at a city centre location (Queen Street, Edinburgh), and also at various outdoor locations. Bus routes and parking nearby. Sessions are £45 for 50 minutes. I offer a half-hour initial consultation session for £20, or a free chat on the phone for 15 minutes to talk about what you are looking for. There is no expectation that you proceed. If you decide to have sessions, the number of sessions is flexible depending on what you want.
What to Expect?
In the first few sessions, I might ask a lot of questions to find out more about you and what you want. In a typical counselling session, we can explore your difficulties together, to try to understand them. We can look at ways to improve coping methods. Also in counselling sessions, I will ask about your feelings, to help you to get in touch with them and express them.
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Technique
I might sometimes suggest pausing and paying attention to how the body is feeling. We might talk about how emotions are ‘felt’ in the body. This type of body-oriented work is called 'Somatic Experiencing' and is particularly useful when you are dealing with anxiety, stress or trauma.
I also offer outdoor sessions, in green areas or other natural settings such as Holyrood Park. Together, we would agree on a location for this ‘walking’ therapy. Being outdoors, able to move around, and having access to nature can support some clients to talk more easily about things. Both indoor and outdoor sessions are 50 minutes and confidential.
More about me
Before qualifying as a counsellor, I worked mainly as a support worker and also volunteered and taught English overseas, which was great for learning about different cultures. My practice is inclusive of all communities and people, and I am LGBTQI-friendly. I offer limited low-cost spaces for clients on a low income. Alongside my private practice, I work for charities providing counselling to survivors of sexual violence and other trauma.
Helpful Links and Resources
EdSpace, Mental Health Services in Edinburgh http://edspace.org.uk/
Rick Hanson, videos on the Compassionate Brain: https://www.youtube.com/user/drrhanson/
Brene Brown, The Power of Vulnerability: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability
Louis Schwartzberg, Nature and Gratitude https://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude
Somatic Experiencing: https://traumahealing.org/
I am accredited with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and I am a fully qualified counsellor. I attend monthly supervision of my work. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework. This means I always have your well-being, safety, and confidentiality at the heart of my work, and practice with respect and sincerity: see here http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
Training, qualifications & experience
- Sexuality Trauma training, Somatic Experiencing, 2017
- Three year Somatic Experiencing Professional Practitioner (SEP) Training 2013-2015
- Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy and Traumatic Attaching, 2015
- 12-week Sexualities and Genders in Counselling, 2012-13
- Two year Postgrad Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling &Therapeutic Practise, 2012, Scottish Institute of Human Relations with Glasgow Caledonian University
- COSCA Loss and Bereavement Module, 2008
- One year COSCA Counselling Skills Cert, 2008
- Additional CPD Workshops, 2007-present
Commerical Sexual Exploitation; Ritual Abuse; LGBT Domestic Abuse; Trauma and Dissociation; Trauma and Recovery; Sex and Intimacy; Equalities and Diversities; ASSIST Suicide Intervention; Positive Mental Training; Mental Health First Aid; Solution-Focused Questions; Working Safely Online; Transgender issues and Abuse; Working with Adults at Risk; Play therapy; Intro to Transactional Analysis; Neuro-linguistic Programming; NARM Trauma Therapy; Trafficking and Forced Marriage; Working with Eating Disorders and Agoraphobia.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Somatic experiencing and mindfulness skills
Photos & videos
£45 per 50-minute session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays and Fridays during the day, and some evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|