Vanessa Blackmore (MBACP) - Psychotherapy and Counselling

Vanessa Blackmore (MBACP) - Psychotherapy and Counselling

Complete Health Borders
36 Gala Park
Scottish Borders

45 Frederick Street

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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 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

  • 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 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

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


Accredited register membership

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.

Further information

I am in regular clinical supervision with an experienced UKCP Accredited Gestalt psychotherapist.

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

Maps & Directions

Galashiels, TD1 1EU
Edinburgh, EH2 1EP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Sessions are available in Edinburgh on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Sessions are available in Galashiels, Scottish Borders, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults