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 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 via Skype for established clients. 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)
Postgraduate professional development training in Specialist Psychotherapy with 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Separation and loss
Boarding school recovery
£60 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client