Lydia Goldthorpe | Counselling & Integrative Psychotherapy
I work with individuals who are searching for a different kind of connection with themselves. I provide an environment in which the parts of a person that are rarely seen by others but fundamental to how they interact with their lives, can be freely explored. I work to instil self-awareness, using a holistic approach to all cases and the foundation of my work is based on movement towards recovery. I combine empathy and instinct whilst challenging dysfunctional beliefs and behaviours through honest questions and perceptions.
I provide individual therapy for young adults and adults, within short and long-term timeframes, dependant on what is required. I use an integration of therapies and methods, creating a new therapy model for each individual, determined by their nature, willingness for change and what the therapeutic process unearths. My guiding principles are collaborative patience, compassion, courage and commitment, from which hopes for the work can be met.
Existential | Clarify identity to establish meaning, purpose and value systems in life and relationships
Psychodynamic | Examine the past to understand how it effects present beliefs and behaviour
Psychosomatic Awareness | Unify the body with the mind to process and experience difficult emotions: develop self-awareness, create physiologic change, enlighten decision making processes to determine future action
Attachment | Understand how early relationships shape current relational patterns
Solution Focused | Draw on established character strength, resource and ability as a way to move forward
Creative Arts | Integrate artistic mediums to further articulate and process emotional states
Cognitive Behavioural | Challenge dysfunctional thought processes to reconstruct cognitive patterns, regulate emotion and improve coping strategies
Training, qualifications & experience
My intention is to assist others in feeling more fulfilled and less alone. I trained in Counselling and Psychotherapy (DipCoun., BCoun.) at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne, Australia. In clinical practice at Aspire Health and Psychology Melbourne, I worked with individual cases assisting in a broad range of issues often connected to questions of identity, post-traumatic growth and grief surrounding the death of a loved one, the loss of a job or the end of a relationship with a focus on emotional processing, instilling self-awareness and navigating life transitions.
I have worked within the social sector of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and with young adults who have been detained in custody at Parkville College Melbourne. I retain a deep respect for and engagement in the arts with extensive training in ballet and singing, contributing to a ballet teaching project with underprivileged adolescents in Rio de Janeiro. I am a committed songwriter and interested in how creative expression and artistic mediums can work alongside themes being explored in psychotherapy.
In 2020, I moved from Melbourne to Edinburgh to conduct research within the psychotherapy field at The University of Edinburgh. I hold a particular interest in mourning rituals within western culture and how they impact grieving process, vitality and identity. I am a practicing member of 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Finding the right therapist for your individual needs is vital. I offer a free 15-minute introductory phone consultation followed by an initial appointment at a reduced rate for you to ask questions and establish whether I am compatible with your needs. These initial engagements can clarify why you have come, what you are and are not looking for, if I can work in the best way for you and what timeframes and appointment frequency may look like. If compatibility is not the case, I can provide you with a suitable referral.
Initial appointment | £35
50-minute appointment | £55
I hold a number of lower cost places for specific cases who may need a subsidised rate.
I provide both online & in-person appointments. In-person appointments are held at A Quiet Room | 12D Timber Bush, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6QH
Tuesday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Wednesday 4.30pm - 8pm
Thursday 11pm - 4pm