Ellie Abraham, MA, MCouns, MCOSCA
Have you ever been walking along and noticed a plant growing, seemingly against all odds? Maybe it's emerging through a crack in the concrete, poking through a wooden fence or clinging to a cliff face. Some might consider it remarkable that it's still alive, but nothing can prevent its inbuilt capacity to grow and flourish.
Green Shoots Counselling was founded on this premise - that we all have this ability to develop and thrive, regardless of our circumstances.
From time-to-time we need a little help along the way with this. Perhaps depression has fallen on you like a ton of heavy paving slabs, or anxiety feels like a ring of barbed wire that fences you in. Sometimes the simple pressures of everyday life feel like too much and start to affect your mood, self-esteem and enjoyment in life. This is where counselling may help.
Counselling is different from any other supportive relationship. In a friendship, for example, you're as concerned with what's going on in your friend's life as you are for your own. Counselling provides time that is exclusively for you, offering a supportive, non-judgemental environment where you can explore what's going on, how it's affecting you and what you might like out of life instead.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified, BACP registered counsellor practicing in the south side of Edinburgh. I undertook my counselling training at the University of Edinburgh, qualifying in 2016 and completing my research project in 2017. I have since gone on to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy through the Family Therapy Training Network.
My Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy combined training in both the Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches to counselling. Since completing the course I have chosen to continue drawing on theory from both of these, enabling me to adapt to the needs to each individual client. I really value the warmth and empathy of the Person-Centred approach, whilst finding invaluable wisdom in the Psychodynamic theories on how the past can affect the present.
In the four years that I have been practicing as a counsellor I have had the immense privilege of working with primary school children through the charity Place2Be, as well as with adults at the PF Counselling service. Through these organisations I have worked with people from a range of backgrounds and who have come to counselling for a variety of different reasons.
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.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in working with those who went to Boarding School and helping to explore their experiences there, whether they were positive, negative or a mix of both.
Outside of my counselling work, I have worked for a charity that supports young adults who have experienced homelessness, many of whom grew up in the care system or as looked after children.
In order to find out whether counselling is right for you, I offer a reduced rate of £20 for the initial session.
If we then decide to work together my fees are £50 for a 50 minute session.
To make an appointment, please contact me by phone or email, whichever you feel more comfortable with. You don’t need to explain why it is that you’re seeking counselling at this time, although it is helpful if you tell me a bit about your availability to come for sessions.
We can then make an initial appointment so that we can discuss what you'd like from counselling. This initial appointment is at the reduced rate of £20. If we then decide to work together we can arrange a second appointment and start meeting on a weekly basis.