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About me

As a Human Givens psychotherapist, I am able to offer fast and effective help for a wide variety of problems including depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma including PTSD, abuse, addictions including eating disorders, alcohol and smoking, low confidence and self esteem, phobias, and anger management. I can also offer guidance and coaching when you simply feel stuck and uncertain as to how best to move forward.

Check out my website www.therapy4change.org for more information and testimonials.

I offer help for mothers or fathers affected by traumatic childbirth and for individuals with parenting issues.

For more detailed information on Human Givens Therapy see the HG Insitute's website: www.hgi.org.uk

I work freelance for the charity PTSD Resolution (www.ptsdrsolution.org ) which offers free help for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I also work freelance for The Red Poppy Company (www.theredpoppycompany.co.uk) and am the in-house counsellor for the tech companies Administrate (www.getadministrate.com ) and Current Health (www.currenthealth.com ).

My aim is to help people in as few sessions as possible. Sessions are up to 90 minutes, a length of time that enables you to make really good progress at each session. The sessions are arranged at intervals to suit your individual situation  - this can be weekly or with two or more weeks in between.

During the sessions, I will listen very carefully to you and will explore with you what kind of changes you would like to make. Using the wide range of insights and techniques that inform Human Givens therapy, I will help you make use of your own resources so that you can make these changes in as straightforward a way as possible. Sessions are fully confidential and most people find that they go away right from the first session feeling more relaxed and positive.

I have been working out of the Human Givens approach for fourteen years now and find it extremely rewarding: it is a real privilege to witness people quickly regain their sense of control, calmness and confidence - to be more fully themselves.

Human Givens therapy is a talking therapy that is based on the common sense idea that we all have been 'given' emotional needs along with the innate resources to help us get those needs met. Our emotional needs include the need for security, attention, a place in our community or work, fun, privacy, relationships - and the need to learn new things in a way that gives us meaning and purpose. The resources we have to help us get these needs met include the ability to think rationally and the ability to imagine, the ability to empathise and to problem solve. When our emotional needs are met, and we are using our resources properly, we will feel good. When things are not going well, it is always because either one or more needs are not being met, and/or we are not using our resources appropriately. The most common example of this is worrying too much - which is caused by mis-using our imagination.

In order to help resolve the difficulties and move forward quickly, the HG approach uses the latest neurological research and a variety of therapeutical approaches including CBT, hypnotherapy, NLP, story and metaphor and mindfulness. It also uses its own research into what depression really is, and the importance of dreaming in the cycle of depression. Its trauma work is an enhancement of EMDR and is called the Rewind Technique. I use this technique frequently as many difficulties have at their root some kind of trauma, not necessarily PTSD but what is called sub-threshold trauma - when the symptoms of PTSD are not evident but nevertheless past trauma is blocking the ability to move forward easily.

I do most of my work in my private practice at home in Currie, in a garden room which is usually very peaceful and where you can hear the Water of Leith. It's a straightforward 25 minute bus route from town (44 or 45 bus) not far from the city by-pass and there is free parking.

Have a look at the Human Givens website www.hgi.org.uk for more information about the approach, and/or my website www.therapy4change.org where you will also find clients' testimonials.


Do get in touch if you'd like to make an appointment or if you'd like more information about the therapy and how I can help you. I'm very happy to talk it through with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

HG Dip P
MHGI (Member of the Human Givens Institute).
Cosca Cert Counselling Skills
BA Hons

Member organisations


Human Givens Institute

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Human Givens Institute

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.

Therapies offered

  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Sessions are up to 90 minutes, a length of time that ensures we make the best progress at each session. They cost £65. Payment by cash or cheque at the time of the appointment or bank transfer by arrangement.

I am able to offer some concessions in cases of financial difficulty at my home practice in Currie. Please ask if this applies to you.

Most people find only relatively few sessions are required. Usually significant improvement occurs in 4-6 sessions and sometimes only 2 or 3. Everyone is different, however, and some people benefit most from longer term support.

Appointments are arranged at intervals to suit each individual situation.

48 hours notice required for cancellation or, emergencies excepted, there will be a charge.


Day-time during the week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, with last appointments at 5.30pm.

Further information

I am a member of the Human Givens Institute, am fully insured and have an up to date disclosure.

I am also a published poet and for many years have run creative writing workshops in mental health settings and in the community. This brings a healthy balance to my therapy work and helps to ensure my own needs are met. I co-facilitated a women's group for 18 years and have three grown up children.

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Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

My garden room, whilst near the river and very peaceful, is down a slope and some steps. I am happy to make alternative arrangements in the house if this might cause difficulty for any reason. Please just say.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Dorothy Baird   Human Givens Psychotherapist and Life Coach

Dorothy Baird Human Givens Psychotherapist and Life Coach