Jo Birch

Jo Birch

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8 Rutland Square

07738 588258

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8 Rutland Square

07738 588258

About me

Experienced, BACP accredited, counsellor / psychotherapist (20 yrs+). Day/evening appts Mon and Tuesday in Central Edinburgh. Safe, confidential space to work through difficult times, confused feelings, long standing issues,…counselling & psychotherapy can help you find a way through; a new understanding, different perspectives; and open up possibilities.

People sometimes come to counselling to cope with a specific challenge, perhaps family or relationships issues or generalised anxiety; low confidence; being a parent; bereavement; problems at work; or perhaps feelings arising from childhood events or trauma …many different reasons. Very often people I work with just don’t know where to start, or can't explain, or understand why they feel as they do. Everyone is different.

I will offer you space to explore your feelings and thoughts, I'll be actively engaged with you, will listen well and won't judge you or the choices you have made in your life.

I work with people from all walks of life – those in senior roles, and those without paid work; local people and those who have moved to Scotland from across the world; people with varied culture, ethnicity and faith; young people and older people; LGBTQ community; people with mental health issues or chronic illness.

I have trained extensively in person-centred theory, also in a range of other models including psychodynamic and gestalt. I integrate all of my training into my work. I have worked for many years with creative tools such as art and imagery. Where this is helpful we can use this in our exploration.

In addition to my private practice, I have also provided counselling and counselling supervision in specialist agencies such rape crisis; LGBTQ services, substance misuse recovery and rehabilitation services; multi-cultural inner city GP surgeries and community centres.

Training, qualifications & experience

Counselling Qualifications:

  • Certificate in Art Therapy (2001)
  • Masters in Counselling (2000) Keele University
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling (1998) Keele University
  • Diploma in Counselling (1996)
  • Certificate in Counselling (1994)

Additional relevant qualifications

  • Diploma in Coaching Supervision (2011)
  • Certificate in Coaching Practice (2010)
  • Urdu GCSE (2009)
  • Basic Mongolian (2013)
  • RGN/RSCN 1981 (not practising)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have special experience of supporting people with
Mental health issues
Childhood abuse - including child sexual abuse
LGBTQ issues
Chronic illness
Separation & divorce
Family issues


£60 per session (50 minutes) for counselling (individuals) and £75 for couples.

A blended programme combining counselling and coaching is also available.

Further information

Other information about me that may be of interest:

I also offer coaching. This supports people to focus on the future – to achieve lifetime dreams; personal goals; or explore the sense that there is more to life. I support people who want to discover, find options, change unhelpful patterns, and create new approaches to life’s challenges.

I also provide executive coaching for organisational leaders and senior managers. This focuses on issues arising from the workplace: the complexities of leading in today’s world; cross-cultural issues in global companies; creating better relationships; maintaining integrity under pressure… a confidential place to explore options and strategies before taking action.

Supporting Professional Development
I have been providing supervision for counsellors and health professionals for over 15 years. I have taught accredited counselling courses, specifically in Art Therapy skills, and also supervised students. I currently supervise counsellors who themselves are experienced trainers, supervisors and researchers. I am also an accredited coach supervisor. Professional supervision is essential to maintaining good practice. I undergo regular supervision with an experienced practitioner in England.

I was previously Chair of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Coaching Division leading the development of the coach-therapist profession; currently a member of the Association for Coaching Special Interest Group - Supervision; and member of the Global Supervisors Network SIG looking at Supervision of Supervisors. I train Executive Coaches worldwide in the practice of supervision at Diploma level - courses in London, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.

I am a member of BACP and abide by the Ethical Framework; I am also a member of Association for Coaching; Association of Coaching Supervisors.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH1 2AS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Face-to-face counselling/psychotherapy appointments in central Edinburgh (Mon, Tues) or Skype/Zoom for international or long distance counselling (Mon - Sat)

Supervision & training

I am an experienced counselling supervisor (20 years), and I am passionate about the development of practitioners.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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