Andrew Gaskill ACC/CP
Feeling like a black sheep, left out, alone, different, depressed, anxious, or angry? You will feel at home here. Been in the care system, adopted, third culture kid, boarding school, or Aspergers? ...... you are most welcome. I work with teens 14+ , and adults too. I'm an Aussie and have chosen to live in Scotland for around 11 years.
Where will you find me?
My room is set below street level in the centre of Edinburgh - so you are close to the world, but it feels far away from it. You are free to help yourself to tea, coffee or water. I also work from a room in the centre of Dunfermline if that is easier for you.
What actually is therapy/counselling?
Therapy is a safe, targeted conversation between two people, with professional boundaries.
What to expect?
It is normal to feel awkward and uncomfortable talking about personal things. It doesn’t matter what age you are! However, most people usually find that they relax very quickly and it can actually feel like a huge relief to speak freely to someone new about your problems, knowing that you will not be judged in any way for feeling the way that you do. Have a read of some counselling experiences of others on my website.
If you are 14 years or older, then everything in the counselling session is confidential. Without your permission, nothing is passed on to your school, work place, family or friends. An exception to this rule is if you start to talk about seriously hurting or harming yourself or another, if you talk about a serious crime such as that involving a minor, or terrorism. These boundaries are discussed on day one of us meeting.
Counselling or Therapy ?
The title "counsellor" and "therapist" are somewhat interchangeable. A psychologist may counsel, or may practice in an area of speciality such as forensics or education, or may be involved in academic research. A "psychiatrist" is a doctor who can issue prescriptions, and practices in the mental health domain.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Australian born, and counsellor trained (Tabor College - Diploma, level 4), and have been practising as a counsellor in Scotland for 9 years. I have counselled at 3 secondary schools, and for charities. I am well read, and attend workshops and conferences relating to counselling issues each year to remain relevant.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Misunderstood, Third Culture Kid, Missionary Kid, Fostered, Adopted.
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£39 for a 50-60 minute session for an employed person.
£29 for a full-time student or not currently employed person.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work part time, Mondays - Saturdays. Evening slots too. Let me know your availability options and I will work something out.
Types of client