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Counsellor & Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred)
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 31st May 2022

About me

Often people put off coming for counselling as their perception is that it will be seen as a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Reaching a point where you know that something isn't right and then asking for help takes a great deal of courage. If you've never been for counselling before, it may feel like a huge step to take. However, it can give you a sense of taking control at a time when perhaps you may feel like things around you are outwith your control. It offers a safe and confidential space to explore your feelings at your own pace.

You may feel apprehensive about confronting and exploring painful feelings you may not have been able to share with friends or family but I'll work slowly with you in a gentle way keeping you at the heart of our work at all times. I won't tell you what to do, judge you or make decisions for you but throughout our work together I'll help you to explore and find a clearer way forward.

If you feel anxious about coming for counselling and you're wondering if it's going to be right for you, please feel that you can email me or give me a call if you would like to chat things over before making a decision or even if you would just like to get a sense of who I am, hear my voice and how we may work together.

I particularly specialise in loss of any kind and have many years experience as a bereavement counsellor. I am an Accredited Counsellor with The Foundation for Infant Loss.

Loss

Loss comes in many shapes and sizes and underpins much of what causes us distress in our lives whether it’s the breakdown of a relationship, changing jobs or being made redundant, wanting to change something about our lives but worried about how this may affect others and our relationships with them or feeling that anxiety or depression is preventing us doing the things we want to do.

Bereavement

In terms of bereavement, when someone we have been very close to or have had a difficult relationship with dies, we can be left feeling sad, lonely, depressed, anxious, desperate, guilty, relieved or even angry (at doctors, the police, God, ourselves or even at the person who has died).  Sometimes these feelings can be so intense that we may feel overwhelmed by them and unable to cope.  Family and friends are not always able to understand the depth of our distress so avoid letting us talk about our feelings for fear of upsetting us.  This can leave us feeling even more alone and isolated.  A death can have a wide rippling effect on our lives affecting our relationships, our ability to work, our sleep patterns, physical and mental health.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Person-Centred)
  • Accredited Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
  • Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course
  • HNC in Counselling (3 Stage Integrative Model - Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive & Behavioural)
  • Accredited Counsellor with The Foundation for Infant Loss

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva

Additional information

Each session lasts for one hour and costs £50. 

No fee will be charged for cancellation in advance or due to illness but unfortunately, if you miss a session without notifying me 24 hours in advance, a reduced fee of £20 will be charged,

Approved BUPA Therapist - https://finder.bupa.co.uk/go/mrs_carole_thomson

When I work

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Tues & Wed daytime appts 10am - 4pm

Further information

Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) - Registered Member Certificate Number 051324.

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Professional Conduct Procedure.

Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and Disclosure Scotland.

Location of Counselling Room

The counselling room is in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh and is on the 1, 21, 26, 32 and Airport 200 bus routes and close to the City Bypass, M8, M9 and Forth Road Bridge. There is also plenty of free parking available. I respectfully ask that you don't park in the driveway. This property has three steps to enter it.

Edinburgh, EH12

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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