Eduarda Mateus MBACP (Reg)
I offer a confidential therapeutic relationship, in a safe and purposeful practice studio.
My approach to therapy is informed by an understanding that everyone has a potential to grow and improve their personal experiences. I always offer clients an initial appointment, where we experience being together - I follow you by listening to your personal experience and what feels difficult for you. I may guide you by asking you some exploratory questions. I then share with you my understanding of your experience, sensitively and without judgement. The dialogue that unfolds offers us both a sense of how it feels like for us to work together.
If this initial session feels right for you and you wish to begin working with me, we agree on a suitable regular day and time. On the second session, I tend to explore your life context further with you and, collaboratively, we confirm/agree on what you understand is hindering your growth and what we can begin working on. The sessions that follow develop naturally.
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. When it feels safe and appropriate, I may offer you some emotion-focused therapy, which is an empirically tested approach to psychotherapy, and can be a very efficient way of working out what might be the primary underlying difficulty, which impacts you and leads to other secondary difficult experiences. We naturally protect ourselves from pain, by trying hard not to feel. Emotion-Focused therapy can facilitate transformative change, by bringing to awareness what often feels very well protected and may be hidden from conscious awareness. Working within the safe context of therapy, this process can lead to self-empowerment and transformative change.
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, or simply wanting to work on self-awareness. 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. You can contact me by email and note down simply that you are needing support, or you can share a little more if it feels right. I the contact you back and support you further.
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): I trained with the developers of EFT, Professors Leslie Greenberg (at Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology) and Robert Elliott (at Strathclyde University)
- 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.
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 psychotherapy, 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 is best.
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 then respond to you as soon as possible, empathically and without judgement.
If for any reason I am not the right counsellor for you, I can suggest other therapists and services.
My private practice is based in the south side of Edinburgh, near Edinburgh University's Campus, in a private and quiet therapy studio (on the first floor).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday evening, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturday morning
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|