Eduarda Mateus MBACP (Reg)
I offer a confidential therapeutic relationship, in safe and purposeful practice spaces.
The length of time of therapy I can offer is based on your own needs. In a shorter term relationship, I might work with your personal sense of yourself and we can focus on what you feel might be hindering your sense of wellbeing. In a longer term therapeutic relationship, I work in a more psychodynamic way. This tradition involves noticing some less conscious patterns in your past experiences and relationships and how this might inform what you experience in your present life. My position is always to support you in your unique personal journey of self-discovery and towards an increased sense of wellbeing and self-empowerment.
Examples of challenges clients have shared with me have been around coping with stress, anxiety or painful feelings, needing support around significant life transitions (including loss of someone, job, changing home), finding it hard to understand who they are, or their purpose, difficulties in personal or professional relationships, going through academic-related worries, hurting from complex childhood experiences. Your individual life journey is always unique and I work with your unique experience.
Searching for a therapist who you might feel comfortable to work with is important, and if this is an unfamiliar experience it might feel very uneasy to contact and meet that therapist. I see my role is to carefully facilitate your exploration of what you sense you need support in. In an initial session, I may ask some facilitative questions and I share with you my understanding of your experience, sensitively and without judgement. The dialogue that unfolds offers us both a sense of what it feels like for us to work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of BACP and adhere to their professional code of ethics.
My professional training in counselling:
- PG Diploma in Counselling: Psychodynamic and Person Centred approaches to therapy, The University of Edinburgh
- Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT): University of Strathclyde.
- Counselling Approaches to Bereavement, Grief and Loss: Further 10-week long training, The University of Edinburgh
- In-depth training around all forms of sexual violence: 10 full days, Edinburgh Rape Crises Centre.
In addition to my private practice, I work with clients at two charity-based organisations, doing intake-assessments and seeing clients weekly, in time-limited (6 to 24 weeks) and long-term contracts (beyond 3 months).
Previous to my professional diploma in counselling
BSc (Hons), PGCE, PG Cert. SfL, PG Dipl. Coun.
Before my professional training as a counselling therapist, I worked in education for over 10 years, both in Scotland and in England. Helping learners remove obstacles to learning led me to complete a PG Certificate in Support for Learning and another in Emotional Literacy Development. My interest in emotions led me to counselling and then to Emotion-Focused Therapy.
I continue engaging in ongoing personal and professional development to ensure and maintain a high standard of therapeutic practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I offer weekly sessions for a normal fee of £50 and have some allocations for concession rates.
If you would like to contact me, by email or text, I can then respond in writing first.
It can feel uneasy to make the first contact and to express what you sense you need support in. If you do get in touch, I will respond to you as soon as possible, empathically and without judgement.
First session and considering further sessions
I always offer an initial full session. In this first meeting, you can experience both talking with me and how you feel in my therapy space. I will listen to you and will ask you some questions, including what you would like to get out of therapy. I also welcome any questions you might have. If it feels right, we can agree to work together, initially for about 6 sessions. By then, it usually becomes clearer whether it feels right to continue therapy or it feels ok to end.
If for any reason I am not the right counsellor for you, I can suggest other therapists and services.
My private practice is based within Edinburgh in two different locations:
1. South side of Edinburgh, near Edinburgh University's Campus.
2. Bruntsfield, near the Holy Corner.
Both premisses have stairs.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday evening, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturday morning
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|