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(Adv. Diploma, MBACP)

About me

I am a friendly and experienced counsellor offering 1-1 sessions at Napiers Clinic, Bristo Place in Edinburgh city centre, either in person or on Zoom. As your counsellor I will offer understanding, acceptance and support wherever you are at. With the right the right support we can all learn to make better choices about our lives. Counselling offers the opportunity to gain insight and understanding and supports people to find their voice and their own way forward.

My main approach to therapeutic work is person centred. I'm also influenced by creative therapies and psychodynamic theory and practice. Regardless of a counsellor's theoretical background the most important thing is having a good working relationship between counsellor and client. I aim to create a warm welcoming space within which you can bring everything you want and need to talk about, especially the things you struggle with or that have not felt heard elsewhere.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling which has been professionally validated by COSCA (the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland). I am also a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychtherapy).

I subscribe and adhere to BACP’s code of ethics and practice. I receive regular supervision and hold suitable professional insurance. The counselling sessions that I offer are confidential.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions cost £50, are weekly and last for 1 hour

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Friday 9am-6pm.

Further information

I see counselling as a supportive process that sensitively encourages each person to express themselves in their own way and at their own pace. It highly values the unique perspective that each of us has on life and on our own particular situation. It allows people the chance to share their experiences and feel heard and understood. It creates a safe space to explore who you are and what you want. People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons. Whether it's an unresolved moment from your past, an area needing attention in the present or the desire for life to take a new direction, counselling offers you the time and space to reflect, explore and change.

Napiers Clinic, 18 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The clinic is on the ground floor and there are no stairs to reach the room.