Hello there - I'm Gael.
I imagine if you're browsing this page, you may be seeking some support to navigate the challenges that we can all encounter throughout our lives.
Whatever it is that you're seeking, I recognise what it can take to get to this point of searching for a counsellor.
Now that you're here, you've probably come across several profiles like this one, with lots of information to read through which may lead you to feel anxious, overwhelmed, excited, confused, exhausted, or perhaps something else entirely.
Considering this, if you would like to talk to me directly to get a better feel for who I am, and how I work, I'd welcome hearing from you via email or phone. I try to respond to all enquiries within 2 working days.
If you prefer to consider all the information at a pace that feels comfortable for you before making contact, I'd invite you to read on and visit my website.
Whatever route you decide to take, and whomever you decide to contact, I wish you well in navigating life's challenges; as well as its joys.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a broad range of clients who have explored issues relating to:
- anxiety and depression;
- loss and grief;
- experiences of trauma;
- low self-esteem and confidence;
- relationship difficulties; and
- significant life decisions and adjustments.
I offer a confidential, and compassionate environment - tempered with some down-to-earth humour - where you can identify what feels helpful for you.
I also take inspiration from nature in my therapeutic practice - finding it to be both safe and wild - just as our lives can be. I try to honour this tension in my work with clients.
Qualifications and Training:
- I completed a Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh in 2020.
- I am currently studying towards a Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh, where I am exploring the process of writing and telling ‘life’ stories. I am particularly interested in how we weave (or leave) stories of loss and trauma into, and out of our life narratives.
- I am passionate about learning and my ongoing professional development, and I am currently engaging with courses on wild therapy and online counselling.
- Prior to completing my counsellor training, I worked in strategic student support for 5+ years in Australia.
- I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Cultural Studies from the University of Nottingham where I graduated with distinction.
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
£55.00 per session
I offer a reduced first session rate of £30 so that we can get a feel for one another and decide, together, whether we might be a good fit.
If this is the case, my usual fee for a weekly 50-minute session is £55. I accept payment by bank-transfer at the end of each session.
Please note, my reduced-fee slots are currently full.
I offer sessions via Zoom and Phone during lockdown restrictions.
As these ease, I will continue to offer 'remote' sessions on Tuesdays, and face-to-face sessions in Leith, on Wednesdays.
As a member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland), I am committed to my ongoing personal and professional development and engage with individual and group supervision, as well as regular professional development activities.
I adhere to COSCA’s Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and subscribe to their Complaints Procedures. You can find out more about these professional practice procedures at www.cosca.org.uk.