Vanessa Blackmore (MBACP) - Psychotherapy and Counselling
'There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you' - Maya Angelou
I am here to listen and help you make sense of your story. In the process of telling and being heard, lives can be transformed and healed. You need not suffer alone.
Professional, Confidential, Respectful - psychotherapy and counselling. Specialising in the treatment of chronic anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, trauma and relationship difficulties.
I am a highly experienced and fully qualified therapist with extensive training and life experience. I have worked in the field of mental health for over ten years, and I specialise in helping people resolve long-standing psychological difficulties, such as chronic anxiety, depression, self-harm and trauma.
Psychotherapy and counselling provides you with a safe, confidential space, where you will be heard by someone who knows how to listen in a way that is focused on you. We will explore what is troubling you, and we will look at the ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that are no longer helpful to you. The counselling space also gives you a place where you can experiment with new ways of being. People find a course of counselling is an effective aid to discovering new possibilities for themselves. Counselling also can increase emotional-resilience, self-understanding, and improved capacities for vitality and intimacy.
Counselling can help you move beyond
- panic and anxiety
- low self esteem
- bereavement and other types of loss
- lack of direction or feeling stuck
- difficult life transitions
- relationship problems
I am an experienced therapist and a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). My professional training has been extensive over the past 12 years. At the heart of my work is a deep respect for the uniqueness and dignity of each person that I work with. It is my view that in seeking therapy people are making an important and courageous step towards taking control of their well-being.
Please note - at present I am not offering counselling for couples or for children.
For children's therapy see Carla Shorrock (also on Counselling Directory)
For couple's therapy see Relationship Scotland - Fife
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced therapist
Diploma in Gestalt Therapy - Edinburgh Gestalt Institute (3 years)
COSCA validated Diploma in Transactional Analysis - CPTI Edinburgh (4 years)
Certificate in The Theory and Practice of Body Psychotherapy with Transactional Analysis - Berne Institute
Certificate in Counselling Skills - University of Birmingham (1 year)
Other Training Experience:
Somatic Experiencing (year one)
Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy
Two years working as a volunteer counsellor for the children's charity Place2Be
One year working as a volunteer counsellor at PF Counselling Service, Edinburgh
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
- Loneliness and isolation
- Difficulties with saying 'no', and fear of conflict
- Shyness and social anxiety
- General dissatisfaction and loss of direction
- I also have a background in the visual arts, and I offer help with overcoming creative blocks.
All assessment sessions are £50 - this is an hour in duration
Ongoing sessions thereafter are by negotiation between £43 to £60 per session.
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration
Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
Payment by bank transfer can be arranged for people wishing to pay for a block of sessions in advance.
I offer long-term psychotherapy and short-term counselling in Edinburgh on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
I offer short-term (up to 12 weeks) counselling in Galashiels, Scottish Borders on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please email me for general enquiries or if you want to book an assessment session. I am usually unable to respond to telephone calls unless a pre-arranged time has been agreed.
I am in regular clinical supervision with an experienced UKCP Accredited Gestalt psychotherapist.
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance cover with the Psychologists Protection Society.