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Your Mental Health Matters!

Are you struggling with relationship or family issues, anxiety (social, generalised or specific), panic attacks, low or difficult moods, change, uncertainty, loss, feeling stuck or burnt out, frustration, not achieving your goals, problematic behaviours, or simply managing life’s many challenges?

Are you or your partner wanting to improve or enhance your relationship? Perhaps you’re both at a crossroads where your future as a couple seems uncertain? Maybe you’re considering separating or divorce? Are you feeling disconnected, stuck, frustrated, lonely, struggling to resolve or manage conflicts or difficult emotions? Are you struggling to communicate, heal from loss of trust, manage family issues, establish or maintain healthy boundaries, adapt to change, life events and transitions?

Whether you’re wanting to survive, heal, thrive, or flourish…

I offer a safe, supportive place for you to explore, gain insight, learn ways to manage difficult experiences, make the changes you want or heal and grow from situations that have or are impacting negatively on you emotionally and psychologically.

I am a registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working within the private and voluntary sectors, NHS primary care, secondary school and university counselling services in Scotland and Canada. I am based in Edinburgh and The Scottish Borders.

I draw on a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Humanistic/Experiential Person-Centred therapy, Emotion Focused therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based therapy and Solution Focused therapy. I also promote the use of expressive arts for therapeutic purposes and facilitating personal development, wellness and creativity.

Respecting that you are unique and multifaceted, a mixture of all your life learning and experiences, I work collaboratively with you individually or as a couple to provide a personalised therapeutic approach to best fit your needs, whether it’s individual counselling, psychotherapy, coaching or couple therapy that you seek.

Your initial appointment,  whether individually or as a couple, will provide you with the opportunity to share your concerns with me and together, we will develop a plan of action or therapeutic process best suited to your specific needs, wishes and goals.

I specialise in ensuring equality,  fairness and safety for both partners in couple work so both partners feel understood, valued and supported.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a doctorate in Counselling Psychology (D. Psych) from Glasgow Caledonian University, a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada and an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. I also have teaching qualifications and training as a professional actor and coach.

My background includes extensive experience helping people with psychological, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties including stress, generalised and specific anxiety disorders, panic attacks, social anxiety, depression, perimenopause, managing difficult moods, grief and loss, eating disorders, addictions, low self-esteem, lack of assertiveness, managing life transitions/change, career/work related issues and general well-being.

Student Counselling: I have 12 years of experience counselling students within university and higher education settings including developing and running a busy University counselling service. Having been through the education system myself, worked as a primary school teacher, college lecturer and as a student counsellor, I feel I am in a privileged and valuable position to help students of all ages address and navigate successfully through the many challenges that being a student brings.

Supervision: I also provide Supervision to other psychologists, counsellors, mental health professionals and students.

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Menopause, perimenopause, pre menstrual syndrome,  transitions, loss, change, exam anxiety, performance anxiety, student issues, homesickness, loneliness, wellbeing.

I am also happy to discuss the provision of dog assisted therapy.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Intercultural Therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Walk and Talk Therapy

Fees

From £70.00 to £90.00

Additional information

  • £70  for an Individual psychotherapy, counselling or coaching appointment.
  • £70  for a clinical supervision appointment.  
  • £80  for a Couples counselling appointment.
  • £90  for a family counselling appointment.

Each session is approximately 60 minutes. Longer sessions, workshops and courses can also be arranged. 

Payment can be made by bank transfer or by card.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychology Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My work is grounded in the ethics of care, respect, safety and confidentiality set out by the code of ethics and professional conduct of the organisations stated above.

My practice is insured and regularly supervised as per the requirements of the regulatory organisations above. I am also a member of the protecting vulnerable groups (PVG) scheme through Disclosure Scotland enabling me to work with children and protected adults.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH10

Peebles
Scottish Borders
EH45

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

Due to Covid-19 I am currently offering telephone and online counselling using zoom. Please let me know your preference. I will resume face-to-face counselling once it is safe to do so. Happy to discuss the possibility of walking & talking therapy.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I provide Supervision to other psychologists, counsellors, mental health professionals and students.

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Dr Rhiannon King

Dr Rhiannon King