Dr Esther Walker (Dip Gestalt Therapy)
I'm a Gestalt counsellor providing a therapeutic service to people in their own homes or workplaces as well as from consulting rooms in central Edinburgh.
I know from my own experience that we can all lose heart at times, feel disillusioned and powerless to influence anything. Telling someone how you truly feel takes great courage and is the important first step in turning things around. Counselling helps you:
- find out what’s going on,
- (re)discover your interest and enjoyment of life and relationships,
- and manage the challenges that life presents.
Gestalt offers a practical approach to exploring and resolving difficult feelings and situations. We'll pay attention to the relationship we create together, to your physical experience (as well as what you think and say) and to helping you try things out so that you learn by doing. In this way, you'll benefit from:
- greater self-awareness
- new understanding of how relationships work and of your own experience of relationships
- greater flexibility in how you approach and respond to the world
- greater access to feelings of satisfaction, hope, contentment, excitement, warmth and love (and acceptance of feelings of anger, envy, loss...)
At the outset we'll agree what outcomes you're looking for so we have a way of judging progress.
The benefit of home visits...
Usually, it's the client who travels to the counsellor's base, but this makes accessing support difficult or impractical for some people (e.g. due to caring responsibilities, time constraints, mobility problems, anxiety or illness). If you can identify with that, then I can offer you that support in your own home or work space. You benefit from ease of access, convenience, discretion and comfort.
I welcome any and all questions - just get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training as a therapist:
I've eight years experience working as a therapist and qualified in 2009 after four years training at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. This training involved ongoing personal therapy as well as practice and supervision. Post-qualifying training has extended my interest and knowledge of body/mind connection, mindfulness and family dynamics.
My skills and experience include, but are not limited to, working with bereavement, anxiety, trauma, anger management, depression, post-natal depression, family and relationship issues, identity and change.
I’m a member of BACP and abide by their ethical framework. I’m insured to practice and support my professional development with regular supervision alongside personal therapy and further training.
I'm a sociologist by background and have always been interested in how groups behave and how we as individuals are shaped by the groups we belong to (within families, at work or socially). I completed my doctorate at University of York, with a focus on workplace conflict resolution (between unions/management).
I've twenty years experience working as a consultant helping organisations improve the quality of work relationships and communication. I've particular experience and understanding of health and social care environments (residential, hospital and community), supporting service improvement, involvement and participation (multi-professionals, individuals and families).
My expertise is in using stories (told through live drama, film, photographs, text) to show the impact of people's attitudes and behaviour on mental health and on the environment created at work and home.
In 2016, I set up a social enterprise – Storyworlds Life – that designs story-based tools to help individuals, families and organisations improve relationships, build understanding and identify solutions to shared problems.
I run this social enterprise alongside my work as a therapist/counsellor.
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.
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
Sessions vary in length (50 or 90 mins) and frequency (weekly or fortnightly) and can be arranged during the day or evening.
My standard fees are £50-£60 (for 50 min) and £75-90 (for 90 min) depending on location.
I also offer places at the reduced fee of £35 (for 50 mins) where possible.
Fees vary according to type of organisation (voluntary, public, private or social enterprise).
Option 1: a package of 4 weekly sessions for one person (on-site or home visit) (50 mins each) £200-£300.
Option 2: a package of 5 individual sessions on one day (on-site) (50 mins each) £250-£450.