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About me

I am a BACP Accredited and UKCP registered psychotherapist, trained in gestalt therapy and psychodrama. I have also trained in supervision.
I believe in the innate creativity of each person to know what is best for them at any given time. I aim to work in collaboration with clients to explore issues and to find more satisfying ways of being.
I offer individual counselling both short term and long term, as well as working with couples, families and groups.
I have experience of working with individuals with issues of stress, anxiety, bereavement, depression, work related issues, personal crisis, lack of confidence, low self-esteem or just a loss of direction and fulfillment in life.

I also have experience with couples and families in dealing with relationship issues, and I have worked as a counsellor with young children in a Primary School.

No problem is too small to be taken seriously and to benefit from
being heard.

I like to work in collaboration with clients to devise the most
appropriate way to help you move forward in your life.

I like to offer clients the possibility to work creatively, either with art materials, writing and psychodrama. 

I am a founder member of Playback Edinburgh Theatre group. Playback Theatre is an improvised form of community storytelling, where the stories of the audience members are played back immediately by the performers. I find this a great outlet for my spontaneity and creativity. It is quite liberating, challenging and of course great fun as well. The group is in a new phase of development and is working towards a series of public events.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
Advanced Diploma in Psychodrama
Diploma in Supervision
Post Grad Cert in Community Theatre


I have been working as a counsellor since February 2002.
I also offer individual and group supervision.
Since Covid 19 I have started offering online sessions using Zoom.
I run Psychodrama Therapy groups in Edinburgh as well as regular weekend therapy groups.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Weekly Therapy Groups at Wellspring, email for details.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual work £55 (£45 concession)
Couples £65 - £75 (£50 concession)
Family £65 - £75
Supervision £50

Availability

My availability is flexible daytime and evenings. I do not see individual clients at weekends. I am working with new clients online using Zoom

Further information

My Professional Bodies are BACP, UKCP and BPA

Online
EH30

13 Smith's Place
Leith
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH6 8NT

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I completed a training in supervision with Relationship Scotland, and now offer individual and group supervision.

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Gary Smith UKCP Reg Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred)

Gary Smith UKCP Reg Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred)