Hi, my name is Lindsay and I hope to provide a down-to-earth, accepting and reassuring counselling relationship for us to explore issues together. I hope to help you to work towards a better quality of life. 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.
I offer sessions at a city centre location, and also at various outdoor locations. Sessions are £40 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.
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.
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 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. Indoor sessions take place at a city centre location on Queen Street. Indoor and outdoor sessions are 50 minutes and confidential.
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.
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
- 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
£40 per 50-minute session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays and Fridays during the day, and Wednesday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|