About me

I presently work with adults and young people aged 14 years and upwards covering a wide range of presenting issues. I work in private practice from home in Leith and for a mental health association in Falkirk.  At the moment I offer sessions by skype and telephone. I also offer outdoor sessions where I will meet with clients for a socially distanced walk or sit down in a quiet place.

In the past I have worked in a secondary school offering art and play therapy to young people, and for a large adult service in Edinburgh. I am a member of BACP which is a counselling professional body and work within their ethical framework. I am fully insured and have regular clinical supervision.

Before training as a counsellor, I practised for many years as a personal injury lawyer working for clients with significant physical and psychological injures. I became frustrated at the lack of time and energy that I was able to invest in listening to these clients who were struggling to adjust to life post injury. I understood that I wanted to help them in a very different way and gave up law to return to university to study to be a counsellor. I studied in the dialogue between the person centred and psychodynamic approaches and that remains my theoretical orientation.

When can counselling help?
There are times when we all experience difficult feelings which threaten to overwhelm us and prevent us doing what we want to. These feelings often arise from difficult experiences- past and present-but not always. Sometimes you might not know why you feel the way that you do. Either way, these feelings can impact on your relationships and on your life more generally. At times you might be able to cope with these feelings on your own or using your usual support systems, but at other times you might not. It is at these times that counselling can help.

What is counselling?
My aim in counselling is to help you to find the inner resources to cope better with living at those times when you are struggling on your own. My role is not to give advice because I believe that you know better than I do what is right for you. Rather I aim to create a safe and trusting space for you to be able express and explore difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences and make sense of the impact these are having on you. I will do my best to understand what is going on for you and to be alongside you as you think about where you are and where you want to be. I will help you to explore how experiences from the past are impacting on the present so that you might look at things differently and change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour of which you may well not presently be aware.

What will happen when we meet?
At our first meeting I will explain a bit more about what counselling is and gather information about what brings you to counselling, as well as your hopes and expectations for the process. At the end of the meeting we will discuss whether we both feel that we can helpfully work together. Thereafter sessions take place weekly and last 50 minutes. These sessions can go on for as long as feels therapeutically beneficial. The choice to end is always yours at any time.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PG Diploma in Counselling (Edinburgh University)
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People (Strathclyde University)
  • PG Diploma in Legal Practice (Edinburgh University)
  • LLB(Hons) (Edinburgh University)

Member organisations

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£45 per session

£35 concession rate for young people up to 18 years of age and in other individual circumstances which I am happy to discuss.

Availability

I am presently available for sessions on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the day. I can also offer evening appointments Monday to Thursday.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Jac Lewis

Jac Lewis