Gillian Wardell

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Integrated Counsellor Registered MBACP
Available for new clients
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Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH12
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Flexible Approach 

Working for many years as a Counsellor and in Adult Mental Health within the NHS I  have developed many skills and tools which inform my practice and have lead to my flexibility within the therapy.

I offer Integrative Counselling using a holistic approach to helping the individual deal with dilemmas, conflicts and patterns of behaviours which inhibit or prevent living life in meaningful ways.


Influenced by  Humanistic values the therapy facilitates self-growth and positive change with emphasis on a strong therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect and trust maintaining boundaries, respecting confidentiality, and holding hope for the future.

As a therapist can help you deal with the parts of the personal history that limit the expression of self.

By gaining a better understanding of who we are, increasing self-consciousness allows us to feel more connected and transform our lives.

  • I can help you recognise your own unique potential, strengths and abilities and positive characteristics towards healing, fulfilment, building confidence and self esteem and belief in your capable to deal with challenge and change. 
  • Discover and change your default positions and responses to situations, recognise outdated behaviours which are unhelpful in the present. This can improve relationships and enable positive change for the future.
  • Find tools to deal with things you struggle with that cause  stress or anxiety and impact on relationships confidence and self-esteem. 

Areas in which I have worked

Relationships, self-esteem, family, work issues, physical and mental health, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, loss or grief, trauma, childhood issues, abuse 

Training, qualifications & experience

COSCA Integrative Diploma in Transactional Analysis  Counselling Napier University Credit Rated

  • Person Centred
  • Gestalt
  • Psychodynamic
  • TA 101

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills

Some additional training 

  • Essentials in Psychosynthesis  
  • Cognitive Analytical  Therapy 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 
  • Solution Focus Based Short Therapy 
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Couples  Counselling
  • The Decider Skills 

Currently employed with PF Counselling Service 

  • Counsellor with the Young Adult Service
  • Assessment Counsellor within generic counselling service assessing clients counselling needs and suitability for the service
  • Volunteer Counsellor

Vocational Guidance Counsellor in Adult Mental Health NHS Lothian Supporting clients into mainstream employment with the following mental health conditions 

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bi-polar
  • Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorders
  • Neurodivergence
  • Substance misuse 
  • Psychosis, anxiety
  • Depression 

Mental Health Information Station

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Some spaces for reduced fee of £35 for students, unemployment and concessions 

Before we commit to working together, we can meet either face to face, online or we can chat on the phone to discuss your hopes and expectations from counselling.  You will be invited to briefly share your issues and relevant history and how I can help.

There will be a £25 fee for these appointments which will be thirty minutes in duration with no expectation that we will work together.

If you feel comfortable and establish we are a good match, we can discuss availably and I will guide through terms and conditions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I can be flexible with my working hours and dependent on your situation and will do my best to accommodate your needs should the case arise. 

Further information

Where to find me

My premises are set within a quiet residential setting five minutes walk from bus and trams stops and Haymarket station.

Lothian Buses 3, 33, 4, 44, 25, 26 

Working together

We will jointly at your pace reviewing the work as we go. This gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you have covered and changes you have made so far. It is also an opportunity to  voice how you think the work is progressing. 


Working towards an ending is an important part of the process, consolidating what you have learned about yourself, reflecting on changes you have made. Most importantly this time can be used to acknowledge and honour your commit to the therapy and celebrate your achievements, consider how you will use the tools you have gained in the future.

"Being valued as a person and having your feelings validated in a non-judgmental manner can start the process of releasing, unpicking, and healing the inner battle and exhaustion of living with such issues.”  Dee Johnston

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Gillian Wardell
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