Janet Watson MBACP (Accred) - counselling and therapeutic writing

Janet Watson MBACP (Accred) - counselling and therapeutic writing

Suite 4/2 Great Michael House
14 Links Place

07807 228543

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About me

I'm an experienced practitioner seeing clients with a range of issues from generalised stress and anxiety to relationship and work-related problems. I am happy to work with whatever a client might bring so please get in touch and let me know what you're needing help with. I am an experienced writer and very enthusiastic about working with clients' journals and diaries - something that might help if you use writing to clarify your emotional problems. I teach counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Aberdeen. I also have a certificate in supervision skills and am a volunteer counsellor and supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland.

I am particularly interested in the challenges of each phase of life:

  • The struggle to gain independence and find identity
    during our teens
  • Working out who we are in relationships when
    the honeymoon period is over
  • Adapting to life with a new baby
  • Adapting to middle years and the challenges of
    our changing bodies and lives
  • Getting older in a society that places so much
    value on youth and beauty

I believe counselling can give us a stronger sense of who we are and what we need, taking some of the fear out of life’s major transitions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I started my counselling training with Persona, Edinburgh, in 2005 (Certificate in Counselling Skills), going on to gain a specialist qualification in Bereavement and Loss with Cruse Bereavement Care in 2010. I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic and Person Centred Counselling from the University of Edinburgh (2013) and I also have an honours degree in Psychology (2005).

I started counselling with Cruse Bereavement Care Edinburgh in 2010, and also worked voluntarily as a counsellor and assessment counsellor for Edinburgh's PF counselling service from 2012, as well as in my own private practice, OnlyConnect Counselling. I teach at the University of Aberdeen (Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have a certificate in supervision skills from the Northern Guild (2017).

As well as the above counselling qualifications, I have also undertaken training in other specific areas via workshops and CPD, including Psychosynthesis and Mindfulness.

I have completed the initial training with Place2be who work with children in primary and secondary schools.

I am an accredited registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Therapeutic writing and student mentoring


£50 for 50 minutes (£40 unwaged) Initial appointment half price - £25 (£20 unwaged).

Further information

There is a free car park behind Great Michael House and free on-street parking. The number 12 bus goes past the door.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH6 7EZ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


Wednesdays 1-8pm, Thursdays 9-6pm. Unavailable Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I have recently completed supervision training with the Northern Guild.

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