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PG Dip Counselling, Reg MBACP

About me

People come to counselling when they are “down and troubled, and they need a helping hand” (to paraphrase the old James Taylor song). Or rather, they come when they need a helping ear; when they need helpful conversations.

Sometimes talking to a trusted friend can be enough. But when the issues are delicate or personal, that may not be possible or appropriate. Here counselling can offer a safe, neutral, supportive space for us to tell our stories. Where we can explore troublesome experiences or aspects of ourselves, without fear of judgement. Where we will be helped to deepen our understanding and compassion for ourselves, and to mobilise our own capacities for healing, growth and renewal.

As a qualified and experienced Person-Centred counsellor, I have been offering such helpful conversations to my clients since 2011 – mostly in private practice, but also for a long while as a volunteer counsellor at Pilton Community Health Project.

I can work alongside you to help you through a difficult patch in your life, maybe involving stresses at work or in your relationships, or to help you in your search for direction or meaning in your life. Or our work together might involve explorations of longer term difficulties, such as persistent experiences of anxiety or depression.

Or you might be carrying the burden of old, untold (and hence unresolved) experiences from your past, of neglect say, or of bullying and abuse – physical or psychological. I have particular experience in helping people to process the impacts of such traumatic early life events, helping them give voice to parts of themselves and their experience that have maybe been hidden – so that they can lose their ‘charge’ and hold over us, enabling us to move forwards in our lives in more satisfying ways.

Whatever your difficulty, I will work with you in ways which are respectful and collaborative, offering conversations grounded in openness, compassion and insight.

In this way I have helped people experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including:

anxiety, depression, stress, loss and bereavement, low self-esteem, relationship problems, trauma, bullying and abuse.

Meditation and Mindfulness

I have practiced meditation for over 20 yrs, and can offer my clients simple relaxation and mindfulness techniques, where these might be helpful - for example to help clients calm and ground themselves during anxiety or panic attacks, and to build resilience against such attacks.


Professional Registration

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and abide by their code of ethics.


My Practice


I practice from a lovely room at  The Edinburgh Counselling Studio, a dedicated counselling space and group practice on Edinburgh's Southside.

I also practice nearby at The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road, EH16 5AB.

I also offer online counselling for those who might prefer it.


Introductory Sessions

If you feel that you might be interested in working with me, then please get in touch (either by phone or email) to arrange an introductory session.

Training, qualifications & experience

Originally a biologist (with a keen interest in human development - biological, cultural and psychological)), I have been involved in personal growth and support work, including body work (Chi Gong) and meditation, for over 20 years.

I began formal counselling training in 2007, studying for the COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills, and progressed from this to COSCA's Further Steps in Counselling Skills, and then to the Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at Glasgow Strathclyde University, from which I graduated in 2011.

I have been in practice for over 10 years, and am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and follow their code of ethics.

Member organisations

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

Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 for initial session

£60 per session thereafter, payable after each session - by cash or bank transfer

£40 Students/concessions

When I work

Week days and evenings.

The Edinburgh Counselling Studio, 136 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR

The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH16 5AB

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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