Dr Irene Soldavini

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London WC2H & Edinburgh EH3
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

My name is Irene. I am an individual and relationship counsellor. I specialise in pluralistic and philosophical counselling.

I believe each client is unique, and my practice focuses on creating a tailored counselling experience for each individual by creating a non-judgmental space for them to explore and become aware of their experiences and feelings. I position myself as "in" the therapy alongside my client. I try to let the client's pace and rhythm guide the therapy.

My areas of interest are:

  • Anxiety
  • Consensual non-monogamous relationships
  • Couple counselling
  • Death and non-related death losses
  • Diasporic issues
  • Displacement
  • Gender, Sexual, and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
  • Grief
  • Hoarding
  • Identity
  • Isolation
  • Loneliness
  • Losses
  • Politics
  • Polyamory
  • Unconventional lifestyles

I work in a collaborative style based on phenomenology.   My practice is rooted around humanistic, and person-centred values. I believe awareness and compassion enhance personal change and empower individuals. I am dedicated to providing an inclusive, supportive environment for clients to explore life’s dilemmas. I am a registered BACP  (MBACP) counsellor,  and a member of the Institute of Psychedelic Therapy (IPT). I am a student member of UPCA and SEA.

I have a PhD in Anthropology. My academic and life experiences have allowed me to understand individuals' intrapersonal and interpersonal complexities, and I use this knowledge to explore clients’ complexities and dilemmas.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA Anthropology and Communication, Goldsmiths University of London
  • MA Anthropology of Media, SOAS University of London
  • PhD Anthropology, SOAS University of London
  • Diploma in Couple Counselling, Relationships Scotland
  • Foundation Course in Core Process Psychotherapy, Karuna Institute
  • MSc in Existential Psychotherapy, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Ongoing)
  • Introduction to Compassionate Focus Therapy, The Compassionate Mind Foundation
  • Compassion Focus Therapy for Grief, The Compassionate Mind Foundation
  • Compassionate Focus Therapy for Hoarding, The Compassionate Mind Foundation
  • Compassionate Focus Therapy Conference, The Compassionate Mind Foundation

​Experience in counselling and psychotherapy:

  • Volunteer in a nurturing group for vulnerable children in a local primary school. The groups were led by a psychotherapist and based on group psychotherapy.
  • Volunteer counsellor at an LGBT Edinburgh-based counselling service.
  • Volunteer counsellor at Relationships Scotland Argyll and Glasgow.
  • Counsellor in private practice.
  • Trainee psychotherapist at an LGBT Edinburgh-based counselling service.
  • Trainee psychotherapist for a low counselling service based in London.

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


£95.00 - £140.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual counselling: GBP 95 per 50 minutes.

Couple counselling: GBP 140 per 50 minutes.

Trainee counsellors: GBP 60 per 50 minutes.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Feel free to contact me if your preferred time is not available. I try to accommodate the time and day of each client. 

Further information

I am fluent in English and Italian.

The first session will cover an initial assessment, where we will explore your expectations and needs and discuss any questions you may have about the way I work with clients. This is an opportunity for us to see how we will work together and if I am the right therapist for you. After this, we can commit to a further 8 sessions, or longer open-ended work if appropriate. 

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH3

Type of session


Types of client

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

Key details

PVG Scheme

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