Dr Caroline Merz MBACP (Registered)
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, and work with adults aged 18 and over. My clients come with a wide variety of challenges and experiences.
I have worked in community counselling services in Scotland and England as well as in private practice, and have extensive experience of working with individuals in relation to family and relationship conflict, work-related issues, abuse, eating-related problems, obsessions and compulsions, feelings of isolation or exclusion from life, self-sabotaging behaviour and bereavement and loss - including the loss of a role at home or at work.
I offer both brief solution-focused counselling and longer-term psychotherapy.
I have a special therapeutic interest in working with people whose present difficulties may be associated with having been sent away to boarding school. I have completed specialised professional training in working with adult ex-boarders.
Another specialism is in mental health in academia. I understand the particular pressures of academic life that can trigger or exacerbate anxiety, depression and other problems.
I spent many years working in higher education, as a journalist and researcher in print and visual media, and as a manager in the voluntary sector. This experience is brought to my work as a therapist on a number of levels, including an awareness of the particular pressures of different working environments, and the ways in which relationship issues at home can also be enacted in the workplace.
How I Work
Talking therapy is not just 'talking about your problems'; it is also about working towards solutions. My approach is integrative, which means I draw on certain models and theories (including humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic approaches), depending on a client's individual needs and difficulties. The purpose is to gain a better understanding of yourself and your problems, and make positive changes that will enable you to live your life more fully.
I work from therapy rooms in Stockbridge, EH3, and also online. Regular sessions, which take place weekly, are 50 minutes long. Daytime and evening appointments are available.
I offer a free initial half-hour phone call at a time that suits you to discuss your concerns and clarify how I might be able to help before booking an appointment. This may help you decide if you want to engage in therapy at this stage, and whether or not I am the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work within its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I continue to update and improve my practice through professional development and training.
PG Dip, Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London (BACP accredited);
Cert Counselling and Counselling Skills, University of London;
PhD (Social History), University of Edinburgh
Member of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP)
PG Diploma, Specialist Psychotherapy for ex-boarders, delivered by Nick Duffell and Nicola Miller of Boarding School Survivors
I also hold a BA (Hons) in literature and an MA in film history
PVC certificate from Disclosure Scotland
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Separation and loss
Boarding school recovery
£60 per hour