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Vanessa Blackmore

(MBACP) - Psychotherapy and Counselling
Galashiels TD1 & Edinburgh EH12
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About me

'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 fifteen 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

  • depression
  • 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 15 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 - I do not provide therapy for couples or for children 

Training, qualifications & experience


I am a fully qualified and experienced therapist

NARM (Neuro Affective Relational Model) level one trauma informed training - 2020

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

Voluntary Experience:

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

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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.


From £40.00 to £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Ongoing sessions thereafter are by negotiation between £40 to £60 per session. Assessment sessions are charged at the same fee rate as regular sessions. 

Sessions in Edinburgh are 50 minutes in duration

Online sessions, and sessions in Galashiels are an hour in duration

Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
Payment by bank transfer or PayPal can be arranged for people wishing to pay for a block of sessions in advance.

In-person therapy sessions are available in Edinburgh on Tuesdays, and in Galashiels, Scottish Borders on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Online sessions are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Please email me for general enquiries or if you want to book an assessment session. I am unable to respond to telephone calls unless a pre-arranged time has been agreed.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

In-person in Edinburgh on Tuesdays

In-person sessions in Galashiels, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Online sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Outdoor therapy sessions at weekends

Further information

I am in regular clinical supervision with highly experienced, senior, UKCP Accredited Gestalt psychotherapist.

I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance cover with the Psychologists Protection Society.

Koru Pro Health Centre
38 Gala Park
Scottish Borders

21 Lansdowne Crescent
City of Edinburgh
EH12 5EH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

I also offer outdoor nature therapy sessions in the Scottish Borders area. Practical arrangements would be discussed by phone or email prior to meeting.

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Vanessa Blackmore

Vanessa Blackmore