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, COSCA 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 three 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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 work 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 £15 for the initial session. If we then decide to work together my fees are as follows:
£40 for a 50 minute session.
£25 for a 50 minute session for students with an eligible student ID card.
To make an appointment, please contact me by phone or email, whichever you feel more comfortable with. 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 £15. If we then decide to work together we can arrange a second appointment and start meeting regularly, usually on a weekly basis.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I currently have weekday availability up until early evening.
Types of client