Janet Watson MBACP (Accred) - counselling and therapeutic writing
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 Edinburgh and was a student mentor with the Open University, supporting students who struggled with their studies when life 'got in the way'! I also have a certificate in supervision skills.
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'm a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a mentor for Open University students, supporting them with emotional and practical issues during their student experience. I have recently completed a certificate in supervision skills with the Northern Guild.
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).
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Therapeutic writing and student mentoring
£45 for 50 minutes (£35 concessions) Initial appointment half price - £22.50 (£17.50 concessions).
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
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesdays and Fridays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have recently completed supervision training with the Northern Guild.View supervision profile