About me

Being human can be complicated, there are times we all struggle to make sense of how we’re living. Sometimes nothing seems to bring us any sense of joy, meaning or simply contentment anymore.

Talking to a counsellor might seem intimidating or downright terrifying but it’s honestly true that talking can make a huge difference and help make those negative or even desperate times easier to manage.

I aim to provide a safe confidential space at my practice where you can relax and gradually share your problems, regain some clarity and a more positive outlook to allow you to move forward. My aim is for you to feel more optimistic again by listening with empathy and absolutely no judgement. To help identify any elements that are holding you back I may challenge you but always with understanding, gentle humour and respect.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as being a qualified counsellor I have worked with young people for over 20 years, some with behavioural challenges who describe me as kind and approachable. I enjoy working with people of all ages and have a special interest in issues such as bereavement, anxiety, low self-esteem and depression.

On top of my private practice I work at the Pastoral Foundation, an established and renowned counselling charity. I also have training in mindfulness, specifically for teenagers and have vast experience of working and supporting adolescents. Please contact me to find out more. You can also find out more about my practice via my website https://www.7-8counselling.com

Member organisations

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.

COSCA

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.

It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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

Teenage Children Support:  Maybe you want to know more about how the teenage brain works, perhaps you are looking for ways to build an emotionally healthy relationship with your child or you just need to talk about family life?  Being a parent in the 21st century can be both complex and challenging.  I have over 20 years experience working with teenagers in an education setting, combined with supporting young people in a therapeutic environment. 

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

I charge £50 per session. Each session last 50 minutes. I have a 48 hour cancellation fee.  I will offer reduced fees for those on low income/students from £40.  

Please contact me via phone or email if you would like to know more or just want to ask more questions and find out what is involved when you come to therapy.  I am happy to answer any questions and talk you through the process. I can be contacted via phone or email or through my website.   I aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can offer sessions from 1230 - to 1630 Friday (in person) from 1700 to 2100 Tuesday (in person) and remotely on Monday and Wednesday evening.  I offer face to face and online sessions. 

Further information

With experience of both face-to-face and remote sessions I can provide a range of ways for us to work together.  During the first session, I will invite you to share more about the issue(s) that brought you to seek counselling.

Prior to the first session I am happy to any questions you might have and explain the confidentiality policy by which I abide.  I will do this via email/phone. 

Appointments are usually arranged on a weekly basis (though you might prefer twice monthly via zoom).  We can discuss and plan these together when we meet. I can offer short term work (typically 6-12 sessions) or longer term work depending on what is needed and what you feel will work best for you.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

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.

My practice is based at the Life Academy Wellbeing Centre, Edinburgh, a beautiful serene space. The premises is wheelchair accessible and depending upon time/day free car parking is sometimes available. https://thelifeacademy.com/find-us

Additional languages

N/A

Online platforms

Zoom
Skype
Whatsapp