Jane Edwards MBACP (Accred) Dip Couns., MSc Couns
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression?
Unhappy, experiencing relationship problems, feeling alone or held back by trauma or bereavement?
Are you using substances to deal with feelings that it feels impossible to cope with any other way?
These are all experiences that counselling can help with. Finding a counsellor you can connect with can provide a way to a more hopeful future.
What experience do I have?
I have been a counsellor and psychotherapist for 16 years working with an extensive range of issues including addictions, trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse, relationship problems. I love my work and passionately believe in the value of counselling. For eleven years I worked for a voluntary sector agency with clients who used substances. I worked for several years in agencies with clients who were students, prisoners and in private practice. I run a private practice 'The Edinburgh Counselling Partnership'.
For my website and wellbeing blog go to www.edinburghcounsellingpartnership.org
In counselling/psychotherapy we work together on the issues you want to look at. It is important that we reach a shared understanding of what you are bringing and its meaning to you. Establishing a good working relationship is crucial to our work together being effective. I set aside my own assumptions so we can look at your life from your perspective. Counselling provides a space where you can cope with crises, address specific problems, find new strength, make decisions and improve relationships.
What do I offer?
I offer open ended counselling/psychotherapy with adults, children, young people and couples along with supervision and training. You may be seeking short term therapy of 4-6 sessions, if so, we can work in a highly focused way to maximise what you get out of these sessions. For some, longer term work often over several months is preferred and in this form of therapy we can explore more deeply the issues you are bringing and the changes you seek. My aim is always to work in a way that combines professionalism with compassion. Understanding, warmth, empathy, honesty and respect are foundational to my work.
I tailor my way of working to you and the issues you speak about. This includes working integratively, combining Person-centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or for those who prefer it, classical Person-Centred Therapy. I use these approaches with sensitivity and care.
For children, therapy happens in the context of play and there may be suggestions offered to parents and carers to implement at home based on what has arisen in the course of the child's therapy.
What difference does counselling make?
Previous clients have reported that through our sessions they have gained increased confidence, self-esteem, self-acceptance and improved work performance. Difficulties with anxiety have decreased and they have gained tools to deal with anxiety when it does occur. Many feel less alone and have been able to make positive changes in relationships. For those with addictions, there have been changes in their relationship with substances such as stopping, decreasing or increased understanding of why they use substances.
Can I try just one session?
Seeing a counsellor takes courage. Choosing a counsellor that is a good fit for you, that you feel you can trust and connect with is crucial. If you are struggling and unsure if counselling may help, feel free to contact me and we can have a first session and speak about this. There is no obligation to continue if you don't feel that I am the right counsellor for you.
How inclusive is this service?
Clients or all genders, sexualities, ages, cultures, ethnicities, disabilities, religions and life experiences are very welcome. I have really enjoyed working with clients from very diverse backgrounds for many years. It is very important for me to work in a way that honours all aspects of who you are and to fit my way of working to you.
Is the service confidential?
A high level of confidentiality is essential to how I work. The only exceptions to this are fully discussed at the first session and are instances such as when it would be illegal not to share information I have been given, such as if you or someone else were at serious risk of harm. In these cases I would try to discuss this with you beforehand.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and have been providing counselling/psychotherapy to clients for sixteen years in many different settings exploring lots of different issues. I hold a professional Diploma in Counselling (Strathclyde University, 2004), a Masters Degree in Counselling (Strathclyde University 2006) and a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision (2012). I have managed and supervised counsellors since 2012.
I trained counsellors on a professional diploma in counselling course for seven years and have created and delivered many one day training courses for multi-disciplinary professionals. My work has included giving presentations on the impact of counselling and working with dependency at several national conferences. I have conducted research on counselling with a colleague, published by BACP. Edwards, J. & Loeb, S. (2011) What difference does counselling make? – The perceptions of drug using clients on low incomes. Counselling Psychotherapy Research, 11:2, 105-111.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Discrimination, cross-cultural work, veterans
£45.00 for individual counselling sessions thereafter (adults: 50 minutes, children/young people 45 minutes)
£50.00 for relationship counselling sessions (50 minutes)
£50.00 for supervision (1 hour)
Some reductions for those living on a low income or students may be available
Inclusivity I have many years of experience of work with people from a wide variety of genders, ethnic, cultural, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. I welcome people of all cultures, genders, sexual orientation, religious or ethnic backgrounds.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within and are accountable to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. A full description can be found a http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/ In line with BACP requirements we are professionally supervised. This helps to ensure that clients receive a professional and effective service.
Currently online (Zoom/Doxy me)or by phone (call/WhatsApp) only.
For future reference: My premises include a room in central Edinburgh, 10 minutes walk from St Andrew's Square, 2 minutes walk from bus stops, with paid on-street parking nearby.
I also see clients in North Berwick, 10 minutes walk from the North Berwick Railway Station, 1 minute from bus stops, with ample free parking directly outside.