Eduarda Mateus MBACP (Reg)
07939 258 783
I offer a confidential therapeutic relationship, in safe and purposeful spaces, both at the West End and half way between George Square and Kings Buildings (of Edinburgh University area).
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 uneasy to contact and meet that therapist. As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am sensitive to be with you in your experience, empathically and without judgement, and I can support you explore what you sense you need support in, from the moment you get in touch with me.
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
- Counselling Approaches to Bereavement, Grief and Loss: Further 10-week long training, The University of Edinburgh.
- Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT, L1): Further 26 hours training, University of Strathclyde.
- In-depth training around all forms of sexual violence: 5 blocks of 2 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 Sup for Learning, 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.
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
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Generalised anxiety disorder
I offer weekly sessions for a normal fee of £45 and have some allocation for concession rates.
If you would like to contact me, by email/text/voice message, I can then respond in writing first. We can then speak at an agreed time that is convenient to us both, at no cost. If it feels right for you, we can discuss meeting.
As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am sensitive to be with you in your experience, empathically and without judgement. I can support you to express what you sense you need support in, from the moment you get in touch with me.
First session and considering further sessions
I offer an initial full session at a reduced rate of £30, where we can experience meeting in my therapy room and you can ask any questions and talk more fully about what you would like to get out of therapy. If it feels right, we can agree to experience working together for about 6 sessions and then review how it is going. 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:
One in the west end of Edinburgh city centre, on Lothian Road, and another inthe east side of Edinburgh, Meadowbank, near the Holyrood Park, with regular buses and free on-street parking.
Both premises have stairs and each have 3 practice rooms used by other independent therapist practitioners.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|