Rupert Spiers (MSc Psychotherapist UKCP Accredited)
51 Lothian Road
I am a UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist currently working in Edinburgh, St Andrews and Dundee. I have been working as a psychotherapist since 2010. I have experience working in a range of settings, including NHS adult mental health services, higher education and the third sector. In addition, I have many years experience managing therapy and community services for those with physical and cognitive disabilities and specifically survivors of brain injury.
I have many years experience working with issues such as anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, depression, panic disorder, phobias, family issues, separation and divorce.
Please note that I currently work as a counsellor for the University of St Andrews and to avoid conflicts of interest I do not work with students matriculated with the University of St Andrews in my private practice. If you are a matriculated student at the University of St Andrews please contact Student Services for advice and support.
What is Gestalt?
For me, Gestalt therapy offers a refreshingly different way of relating to yourself, your environment and other people. Gestalt therapy aims to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, beliefs and values in order to develop your awareness of how you present yourself and respond to events in your environment. This creates the opportunity to identify choices, patterns of behaviour and obstacles that are impacting on your health and well-being, and preventing you from reaching your full potential.
I see my task as a therapist to help you see more clearly what your situation is, find out how you are a part of it and experiment with finding new solutions or ways to face your difficulties.
Gestalt therapy is considered particularly valuable for helping to treat a wide range of psychological issues - especially as it can be applied as a brief and focused approach or long-term therapy. It has been found effective for managing tension, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress, depression and other psychological problems that can prevent people from living life to the full. Overall, people who participate in gestalt therapy tend to feel more self-confident, calm and at peace with themselves.
Overall, people who participate in gestalt therapy tend to feel more self-confident, calm and at peace with themselves.
To get a sense of how I work, and what our work together may involve, please feel free to contact me for a free initial consultation with no obligation to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London and was awarded a Master's Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy accredited by the University of Middlesex. I have a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology from London Metropolitan University as well as Master's and Undergraduate Degrees in English Literature from the University of St Andrews. I am a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and adhere to their ethical framework.
Psychotherapist in Private Practice Jan 2013 – Present
Specialist Brain Injury Psychotherapist, Headway East London Jun 2015 – June 2017
Community Rehabilitation and Recovery Team, Oct 2012 – Nov 2013
East London NHS Foundation Trust
City Literary Institute, London Further Education College Sep 2011 – Jul 2013
Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, London Nov 2010 – Nov 2011
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Brain Injury
I provide a free initial consultation with no obligation at this point.
If you decide you would like to book regular sessions you pay for your weekly slot until you decide to end the therapy. I use a sliding scale system so my fee depends upon your income (see below).
50min Individual Session
Up to 25k £45
25k - 40k £55
40k - 60k £65
60k - 80k £75
Over 80k £85
I offer low-cost, student and concessionary rates please contact me to discuss.
- My areas of interest are psychotherapy in Higher Education and Nature/Eco therapy
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|