Christine Gaw - PG Dip, MBACP (Reg)
Hello and welcome to my profile.
My name is Christine and I am a fully qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I offer Counselling from a lovely peaceful room in the West End of Edinburgh, which is only a short walk from Haymarket Station.
How can Counselling help me?
You may be feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or just out of sorts, sometimes not even knowing why. It may not be possible to talk to your friends and family as there is very often an expectation of "how to be" around them. They may also try to "fix you" which doesn't give the opportunity to be heard or explore how you really feel. Denying or dampening down these feelings can lead to the uncomfortable feelings of psychological distress. This pressure and expectation in the outside world can be lessened in a therapeutic interaction with me. I base my work on the core values and attitudes of the person-centred approach which are being empathic, accepting and genuine with all my clients regardless of what you bring. These conditions are "ways of being" that are embedded in me, developed by my own self-awareness which is crucial in being an effective therapist. In this unique interaction you can bring about positive change by gaining insight and self-awareness, problem solving and developing new strategies for living.
How long do sessions last and how frequently are they?
Sessions are generally an hour long once a week, however, this can be adapted to what feels right for you.
What happens in our first session?
In our first session I will ask you some questions surrounding what brings you to therapy and what you would like from it. I will also make sure you are aware of and understand matters of confidentiality which will allow you choice in what to disclose. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about me and the way I work which will enable you to decide whether I am right for you. if you decide at the end of our first session together that you don't want to continue with me that is absolutely fine.
If you have any questions or issues regarding therapy please don't hesitate to contact me, alternatively you can visit my website which contains further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy - Stirling University
- Registered Member with BACP- British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Accredited Member with The Foundation for Infant Loss
- COSCA Counselling Skills
- Experience of working short and long term with counselling agencies
- Regular attendance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to enhance my practice which includes Mental Health First Aid, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, LGBT Training and Basic Emotional Freedom Technique
- Monthly supervision to ensure my practice is safe and of a high standard
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender Role Conflict
Loss of a Pet
Standard Hourly rate £40
Concession Hourly rate £30
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Morning, Afternoon & Evening
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|