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MBACP: PG Cert SPI: BSc (Hons) Psych: F.D. Couns: Dip Couns

About me

My interest in human behaviour has been longstanding and, of distinct interest, is our human need to change behaviours that we deem unacceptable or undesirable.

I began my study in the field of psychology and, in my bachelor’s degree, the larger areas of learning were child psychology; social psychology; biological psychology; and cognitive psychology. I pondered more intensive study within psychology and during this time volunteered as a Samaritan. It was during my time at Edinburgh Samaritans that I realised my yearning was to actively counsel and so began another degree in counselling involving active training at The Charis Foundation and client therapy at PF Counselling Services. My mode of therapy is psychodynamic, based on Freudian psychoanalysis, my work, therefore, is focused on Freudian theory where one basic, central, premise of Freud’s was his view of the mind. Freud’s belief intimated that some of what we experience on a day-to-day basis e.g. emotions, beliefs and impulses; takes place in the unconscious and is not available to the conscious mind. He also used the concept of repression to demonstrate that although an individual may not remember a (traumatic) event happening to them, the memory is locked away in the unconscious. However, the memory remains in the unconscious and can reappear in consciousness under certain circumstances, (e.g. times of high stress), causing problems for us even in the unconscious.

My belief, (like Freud’s) is that the unconscious mind governs behaviour to a much greater degree than people suspect and my therapy involves deep exploration of clients’ past to access, and understand, the root cause of their problems. The emphasis of psychodynamic therapy is on the trust between a client and therapist; as therapy provides the tools required to make progress. My own Psychodynamic therapy provides a safe space for clients to explore and come to understand the root cause of their problems and issues. Furthermore, such safe exploration enhances clients’ knowledge of the issue and generates suggestions to enable coping with further difficulties.

One of my additional therapist strengths; as a consequence of working away from home, in different parts of Europe; is working with airline personnel or, those who, also. work away from home e.g. oil industry employees, international students or even individuals from other countries who have come to the UK in search of work. In such situations, my feeling is that I can empathise deeply and understand the frustrations, emotions and anxieties brought about by distance.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bachelor of Science: Psychology B.Sc (Hons) Psych

PG Cert SPI

CCPP120 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: TC-L4 Dip Couns 

Foundation Degree in Counselling: F.D. (Open) Counselling

Open University - Milton Keynes MK7 6AA

MBACP-Registered member BACP

Accredited RNIB counsellor

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

As previously expressed above, one of my additional therapist strengths; as a result of my employment in different parts of Europe; is working with airline personnel or, those who, also. work away from home e.g. oil industry employees, international students or even individuals from other countries who have come to the UK in search of work. In such situations, my feeling is that I can empathise deeply and understand the frustrations, emotions and anxieties brought about by distance.

Fees

£70.00 per session

Additional information

£70


Online therapy sessions £70

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1

Type of session

In person
Online
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Gillian Reid

Gillian Reid