I am a Registered Member of BACP, hold a Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) in Counselling adults plus a PgDip specifically in Counselling Children & Young People. In addition, I have completed a Certificate in Clinical and Case Supervision which is Approved by the BPS (British Psychological Society). I work therapeutically with clients from 5+ years to adults mainly from a Psychodynamic perspective, however, Cognitive Behavioural, Creative and Solution-Focused Therapies are integrated as and when required. In addition to face-to-face counselling I also offer a range of access opportunities for counselling: Online - Skype, I.M. or email and also over the telephone; which may suit those who have child care difficulties or prefer not to travel.
Therapeutic Time-Frame offered:
I offer both short/fixed-term counselling and long-term psychotherapy to adults, children and young people as individuals, siblings, family groups and couples. I also work with clients referrred through The Autistic Society, Dr's Surgeries, Employee Assistance schemes and trainee counsellor's who require personal counselling or supervision as part of their accreditation process.
I have worked closely with individuals and groups of all ages for well over 30 years and aim to make all clients feel welcome, 'heard', supported and acknowledged in my private premises in Midlothian, Scotland.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am bound by their Ethical Framework for good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure.
I also meet BACP's requirements for supervision of my work with clients, and undertake 30 hours minimum per annum of Continuing Professional Development.
Why counselling or Psychotherapy?
Many people come to counselling to address problems resulting from distressful events in early life, often these distressful events continue to make a repetitive impact on present-day living.
Have you ever wondered why you over-eat, drink too much, find it difficult to ask for what you want or keep making the same relationship 'mistakes' over and over again?
Poor relationships, issues with others, bereavement, divorce, lack of confidence and feelings of low self esteem, stress, hopelessness, anger and depression are just some of the things that can make life difficult to cope with.
The internet can add to your problems; such as anxiety and trauma created through online-dating, compulsive buying, psychosexual compulsions and gambling addictions.
Child related issues:
Children and young people suffer too, I feel more at present than any point in the past. Distress can stem from family break-ups, blended families, sibling rivalry and cyber bullying. Which might be expressed as defiance, withdrawal or aggression, school refusal, truanting and other behaviour difficulties? .
Exam stress is another possibility, and in addition learning can be particularly difficult for those requiring additional support; dyslexia, Aspergers syndrome, ADD/HD and autism, for instance.
What can counselling do?
Counselling is a two-way process which can lead to sustainable change and a more fulfilling life.
Whether adult, adolescent or child, counselling can make all the difference, by providing a safe place to explore and express feelings of pain, resentment, misunderstanding and confusion experienced through these stressful events.
Through the counselling process you can learn to understand and make sense of these disappointments and to develop an awareness of how your emotions can be understood, managed and displayed appropriately.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is generally classed as a longer-term 'talking therapy' however I also practice in a more short-term, creative and flexible manner. Some clients experience great difficulty with expressing their feelings through language alone; feelings of frustration, anger and anxiety can arise. It is at this point creativity can appear the 'magic key'; expression is made more simple, no longer do words have to be spoken as its the 'image' that does the 'talking'.
How to make an Appointment?
Making that first step towards an appointment can feel very difficult, as the realisation you need help can be quite distressing in itself. However I try to make the process as straight-forward as possible.
You can contact me either by telephone, text or email (details below). I will reply by text, email or telephone to discuss your situation in more detail. I will also explain the counselling process and talk through fees and cancellation requirements. You are under no obligation at this point, so feel free to consider whether counselling is going to be 'right' for you before you make any further commitment.
Attending an Assessment Interview is the next step. Here we take the time to explore your difficulties in more depth, consider your concerns and answer your questions. I will then explain how I plan to work with your particular concern.
If you believe my particular approach will be of benefit to you and we decide to go ahead, a regular appointment time will be agreed and a contract prepared and signed by both of us.
For an outline of the fees, please refer to the Fees section below.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Relevant Qualifications, Training and Experience:
Eileen Wilson PgDip (Couns.); Registered Member MBACP; PgDip (Counselling Children & Young People); MCCYP; MAIP; LCGLI; PgDip (Support for Learning - Specific Learning Difficulties), RBGE Certificate in Botanical Illustration.
In addition, I have completed a Certificate in Clinical and Case Supervision that is Approved by the BPS (British Psychological Society) and which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.
I prefer to be classed as a Supervisor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist who is a Registered Member of BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Professional registrations and accreditations:
MBACP (Registered Member)* - Counsellor & Psychotherapist (on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
MBACP - CYP - Counselling Children & Young People
MBACP - Private Practice division - as an Independent Practitioner
LCGLI - as a Master Craftsman
* I am in the process of applying for Accreditation with the BACP.
GTCS - as a Further Education Lecturer and School Teacher (now retired)
BSG - as a Sugarcraft Artist and Accredited Demonstrator
SPA - Scottish Potters Association
Finalist in the Bighearted Scot of The Year 2009.
Publications / Articles:
The Edinburgh Evening News: (March 2 2010) - How child's play can ease agonies
The Sunday Times: (January 4 2010): Place2Be's 'fast lady' helps unhappy children turn their lives around (The Sunday Times Christmas Charity Appeal 2009)
Place2Be’s ‘fast lady’ helps unhappy children turn their lives around Melanie Reid
- The Times
- Published: 04 January 2010
- UK News
The child, an eight-year-old boy, was bottled up like a pressure cooker. We must disguise his circumstances, but we can safely paint the general picture. His father had died when he was 5; his mother remarried; the stepfather abused both mother and son; the second marriage foundered.
Dalkeith Advertiser: (August 2009) - Bighearted Midlothian Place2Be Counsellor
BACP CYP Journal: (December 2013): Book Review
BACP CYP Journal: (2013) Life in Miniature - using miniatures in therapy - An Introduction
BACP CYP Journal: (March 2011) Using Puppets in Therapy with Eleanor Patrick
BACP CYP Journal: (June 2010): Clay Days by Eleanor Patrick: Working Therapeutically with Clay (2009) Case reports 2 and 3.
BACP CYP Journal (2010): Book Review.
BACP CYP Journal (2016): Book Review
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People:Essay Unit 2 and Essay Unit 3 (2008): online exemplar resources for Quality Training UK.
Tynecastle Cluster Enterprise Newsletter (25 October 2007)
In addition to practicing as a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have a background in art & design and education with over 33 years' of professional experienced as a school teacher in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools (including work with children suffering Asperger's Syndrome), and as a Further Education Lecturer as a Sugargraft Artist within the Hospitality Sector for 17 years, teaching; Art & Design, Sugarcraft, Skills for Life and Work and TVEI school groups programmes.
Broad educational expertise gained: Trainer of Trainers, a Subject Specialist Consultant and Visiting Assessor for the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority) and External Verifier for CGLI (City & Guilds of London Institute). This knowledge affords me a good understanding of the education system.
My Art and Design background underpins my therapeutic approach to working with children and young people. as they appear to benefit from this more creative, flexible format. Often words alone appear 'clumsy', insufficient or unavailable.
In my experience, many adults appear to be intimidated by the idea of creativity but I firmly believe all forms of expression should be made available for my clients to choose from. As a result my therapy room is furnished with an array of expressive and creative 'outlets' that backs-up the standard 'talking therapies'.
Should wish to make an appointment or require more information, please use the contact details below:
Mob : 07971539863 (in the first instance)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young People:
Family/Siblings & Sibling Rivalry
Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Dyslexia / Dyspraxia / Dyscalculia / Dysgraphia
ADD / ADHD
From £65.00 to £95.00
Concessions offered for
What will it cost?
Counselling sessions last for 1 hour in full, including the time needed for reviewing and booking further sessions. However, in certain circumstances; for couple/family work, longer sessions can be arranged if required. Most clients elect to attend therapy on a weekly basis at the beginning and reduce contact as their difficulties become more manageable.
In general, I operate a sliding scale: (However fees can be negotiated for those less able to pay)
£65 - for individual adults;
£85 to £95 - For couples, sibling groups and family group work;
£65 - For children and young people under the age of 16;
£65 to £90 - For a 60 to 75 minute Initial Assessment Consultation (every client must undergo an assessment consultation before the therapy process can start) Usually this process is completed within I hour. Please let me know at the beginning of the session if you have a specific time limit.
A 72-hour cancellation policy is in place whether sessions are paid for individually or block-booked.
Block-booking and paying in total for a series of 10 counselling sessions or more will reduce the overall cost by up to 10%. (Withdrawing from therapy within this time-frame, will result in the fee reverting to the standard sessional rate; any monies due will be refunded on this basis)
Fully Booked - Resume 01/07/21
Supervisees still accepted
Evening Sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 4.00pm-9.00pm.
Day-time Sessions: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; 8.30am-4.00pm
Eileen Wilson PgDip (Couns.), MBACP, PgDip (Counselling Children & Young People), MCCYP, MAIP, LCGI
Free on-street parking is available directly outside my practice, which is based in Midlothian, Scotland.
The area is also well served by public transport services: Borders Train to Tweedbank from Waverly Station(Alight at Gorebridge Station); Bus services: 3A, X3A, 86A, X86A, 29 (from Edinburgh); further information is available on request.
Entering my counselling premises - a purpose-built therapy cabin set in mature gardens - requires the negotiation of three steps, however, once inside the property, the counselling room and creative area are on one level.
Should you wish to make an appointment or require further information, please use the email contact 'link-button' at the top of this page (in the first instance) or through my mobile number.
Mobile Number: +447971539863