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About me

I have personally always found searching for a therapist a daunting task and so it is great you are in the mode of searching! I offer initial sessions for £30 and welcome you to get in touch. Initial sessions can give a good sense of whether we’d be the right fit for each other.

I am a qualified, integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor, accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I trained in London and now live in Edinburgh.

Our lives are shaped by so many different things, often more complex than we realise. We might arrive in therapy sure of the thing that troubles us, only to discover other threads that interact with it and get in the way. I work in a relational, empathically attuned way within a safe, ethically-attentive space. My work is trauma-informed, shaped especially by my recent work in the Grenfell community and my PhD research on suicide bereavement.

I wonder why you are searching for a therapist today? This collective trauma that we’ve been living through, this pandemic, may have created new difficulties for you or intensified old ones. Perhaps you’re experiencing anxiety, depression or family issues? Or you’re feeling sad, lonely or bereaved? There is much loss around and within us. Some of us have lost connection with ourselves alongside connection with others. Whatever it is you’re bringing, I enjoy standing alongside each person I work with to explore the layers that have shaped their current struggle. I would love to support you too. Please email me if you’d like to explore this further.

Finally, a note to those of you training to become counsellors and psychotherapists. What a journey you are on! I work with trainees in different capacities – in my role as Practice Manager for an Edinburgh counselling service, I support students on placement with us; and as a tutor on psychotherapy courses at the Minster Centre (London) and the University of Edinburgh. I enjoy accompanying students as they learn and grow. If this is you and you’re looking for a therapist to support you whilst you train, please get in touch.

Practicalities
I work with individuals (not couples) long-term and short-term. Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually weekly, although twice weekly is also possible.

Where I practise
Edinburgh, EH8: Wednesday to Friday, daytime and evenings. Located in the suburb of Piershill, just beyond Meadowbank.  The area is well-connected by buses and free off-road parking is available. I also offer online and phone sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications
PhD in Counselling Studies, ongoing
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, 2015
• Diploma in Integrative Counselling, 2013
MA in Marketing, 2005

Experience
Since qualifying in 2013, alongside my private practice, I’ve always enjoyed doing other work that informs my work with private clients. I’ve worked in an NHS staff counselling service. I’ve managed a team of five at Mind, the mental health charity. I’ve worked for a bereavement service. I spent two years working in the Grenfell community, setting up and developing a counselling service for highly traumatised individuals within a traumatised community. And I now manage a counselling service and teach postgraduates in London and Edinburgh.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Suicide bereavement

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£65.00 per session

Additional information

If you like what you’ve read here, please do get in touch to arrange an initial session.
First sessions cost £30.
After this, individual sessions cost £65.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Wednesday to Friday

Further information

In special circumstances, I am happy to offer concessionary rates. Please ask.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH8

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Kelly Stewart, Psychotherapist & Counsellor, UKCP & MBACP (MA)

Kelly Stewart, Psychotherapist & Counsellor, UKCP & MBACP (MA)