Dr Esther Walker
I'm an Edinburgh based Gestalt counsellor and massage therapist working from consulting rooms in central Edinburgh. I offer:
- online and face-to-face counselling,
- trauma-aware massage therapy and
- workshop based short courses on topics like anxiety.
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.
Swedish massage therapy complements a gestalt approach by supporting the client's connection with their bodily experience. It will calm an anxious nervous system, awaken sensory experience and reconnect body with mind. It brings feelings of relaxation, peace, and restoration that anyone can enjoy.
However, for some, the idea of massage is daunting and additional attention is needed to help them feel comfortable. By providing this level of attention, I aim to extend the benefits of massage to those for whom safety is a priority.
My short courses (6 weeks, weekly 2 hour session) give you 12 hours contact time with a therapist in which you can explore your own experience, concerns, and life issues while giving/receiving support with other group members. Courses are face-to-face, experiential, affordable and focus on a particular theme: e.g. Learning how to manage anxiety. Contact me for more details.
I welcome any and all questions - just get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a therapist 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 trained in Swedish Massage Therapy with the Scottish Massage Schools and I'm a member of Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation.
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'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 greatest interest has been working within health and social care services, designing story-based tools to help individuals, families and organisations improve relationships, build understanding and identify solutions to shared problems.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Counselling and Massage Therapy sessions are 50 mins long. Standard fee is £55 and I offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate of £35.
Availability Monday-Wednesday (Counselling) and Friday (Massage Therapy).