Rupert Spiers (MSc Psychotherapist UKCP Accredited)
28 Forth Street
I am a UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist currently working in Edinburgh, St Andrews and Dundee. I have been working as a psychotherapist since 2010. I have experience working in a range of settings, including NHS adult mental health services, higher education and the third sector. In addition, I have many years experience managing therapy and community services for those with physical and cognitive disabilities and specifically survivors of brain injury.
I have many years experience working with issues such as anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, work and relationship issues, depression, panic disorder, phobias, family issues, separation and divorce.
Please note that I currently work as a counsellor for the University of St Andrews and to avoid conflicts of interest I do not work with students matriculated with the University of St Andrews in my private practice. If you are a matriculated student at the University of St Andrews please contact Student Services for advice and support.
What is Gestalt?
For me, Gestalt therapy offers a refreshingly different way of relating to yourself, your environment and other people. Gestalt therapy aims to explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, beliefs and values in order to develop your awareness of how you present yourself and respond to events in your environment. This creates the opportunity to identify choices, patterns of behaviour and obstacles that are impacting on your health and well-being, and preventing you from reaching your full potential.
I see my task as a therapist to help you see more clearly what your situation is, find out how you are a part of it and experiment with finding new solutions or ways to face your difficulties.
Gestalt therapy is considered particularly valuable for helping to treat a wide range of psychological issues - especially as it can be applied as a brief and focused approach or long-term therapy. It has been found effective for managing tension, anxiety, addiction, post-traumatic stress, depression and other psychological problems that can prevent people from living life to the full.
Overall, people who participate in gestalt therapy tend to feel more self-confident, calm and at peace with themselves.
To get a sense of how I work, and what our work together may involve, please feel free to contact me for a free initial consultation with no obligation to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London and was awarded a Master's Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy accredited by the University of Middlesex. I have a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology from London Metropolitan University as well as Master's and Undergraduate Degrees in English Literature from the University of St Andrews. I am a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and adhere to their ethical framework.
Jan 2018 - Present Counsellor at the University of Dundee
Nov 2017 - Present Affiliate Counsellor at LifeWorks EAP
Sep 2017 - Present Counsellor at the University of St Andrews
Jun 2015 – June 2017 Specialist Brain Injury Psychotherapist, Headway East London
Jan 2013 – Present Psychotherapist in Private Practice
Oct 2012 – Nov 2013 Community Rehabilitation and Recovery Team, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Sep 2011 – Jul 2013 City Literary Institute, London Further Education College
Nov 2010 – Nov 2011 Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service, London
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Brain Injury
I charge a standard rate of £50 per 50minute session for psychotherapy and supervision.
I charge a standard rate of £60 per 50minute session for couples therapy.
I offer a limited number of reduced cost, student and concessionary rates please contact me to discuss.
- My areas of interest are psychotherapy in Higher Education and Nature/Eco therapy
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Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Edinburgh 11am until 8:30pm Tuesday and 8am until 1pm on Wednesday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have experience providing supervision in Healthcare, NGO and third sector settings.