Counselling At Stockbridge Pharmacy (Gemma Matthews PGDip)
Counselling may be useful to you if you are experiencing some emotional upset or change. Maybe you are going through an immediate crisis, or have a sense of something not being right which is beginning to affect your day to day life.
I aim to provide a safe, supportive and confidential space for you to talk through and explore your problems or concerns.
Counselling can help with a wide range of issues including;
- Bereavement and loss
- Difficulties within relationships (family, social, intimate)
- Self-confidence and esteem
- Depression and anxiety
- Eating disorders
- Chronic illness or recent diagnosis
- Stress or work-related problems
- Spiritual and existential issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and am a registered member of the BACP – working towards accreditation.
My approach draws upon the work and theories of Carl Rogers and the Person-Centred Model. This is essentially a firm belief in you, the client, being the expert on your own life. My role as a counsellor is to be a compassionate and attentive partner, helping you explore your inner world, address problems and find solutions. I aim to provide a warm and accepting space where you can feel safe and supported in looking at the difficulties troubling you.
I attend regular individual supervision, am committed to continuing my own professional development and growth and I participate in monthly group supervision.
I have volunteered within one of Edinburgh's most established counselling charities for the last five years. This is something that continues to enrich and expand my practice and I am highly committed to it.
For the last year I have also provided counselling for young people at a specialised service within the PF charity. This has been working with adults aged 18-24.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Chronic Pain
- New Medical Diagnosis
Providing an affordable and sustainable service is something which is very important me. I charge £40 per session with lower cost sessions available for those on a low income.
*during the Covid pandemic I am aware that funds are tight for many of us at this time, while the need for counselling perhaps increases. With that in mind, I am open to discussion around fees for people affected by the current situation*