Ruth Galloway-Kirkland, Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor,Trauma & Addiction

Ruth Galloway-Kirkland, Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor,Trauma & Addiction

52 Queen Street


07714 995351

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About me

I offer one-to-one counselling, counselling supervision, occupational supervision, training days and a sleep clinic to clients in Edinburgh and the Lothians.


Have you had a recent difficult experience? Maybe you’re in the midst of one now? Perhaps you wish to explore your present situation in the here and now, or maybe you hope to reflect on your past experiences. I can work with you in your exploration, to support you to make sense of your feelings and thoughts, and your behaviours and relationships. I am trained in both psychodynamic and person-centred counselling modalities - simply, we will link your past experiences to your present choices, whilst focusing on exactly what you need in this moment.

My counselling practice is trauma-informed which means with you, I will be encouraging you to trust, and pay attention to, your body’s emotional wisdom, and building your sense of safety (in your external world as well as within yourself) before working with difficult or painful experiences or trauma memories.

I will facilitate your processing of your experiences and trauma, and support your work on integrating your memories and experiences, in order to move forward with your life. We may use a number of creative resources together to develop awareness of your feelings. I look forward to meeting with you. Contact me today to arrange an appointment.


Counselling Supervision is a dynamic, collaborative space in which to think about, and feel, your client work. For counsellors and psychotherapists supervision is an essential and integral part of our work. Many other professions are starting to recognise and experience the benefit of having Occupational Supervision, a dedicated safe and confidential space in which to process client or patient work.

It is where we keep our clients best interests at the forefront of our discussion but also where we can recognise and acknowledge our feelings and responses to the narratives we hear from those we work with.  In Counselling Supervision and Occupational Supervision I will support you to be courageous in your client work, and gently challenge you in this too.  Supervision is a space of growth and transformation. I work in the dialogue between Psychodynamic and Person Centred modalities, encouraging you to see the connections between past and present, and the patterns in your client's experiences.  We will observe parallel processes occurring within our own sessions, allowing you to look at your work through a different lens.

​Much of my clinical work has been with high risk client groups (prison, substance use with co-occurring physical and mental health issues) providing me with a wealth of experience in working with safeguarding issues, and I can support you to find ethical ways forward should you be faced with complex safeguarding situations or ethical dilemmas.

Contact me today to discuss your supervision needs.

Training Days

I can provide a full day training course for groups in Working with Drug Use. Please contact me to discuss.

Sleep Clinic

Perhaps you are here because you find it really hard to get to sleep at night. Do racing thoughts keep you awake? Maybe you wake up many times through the night? I am trained to provide R.E.S.T. CBT for Insomnia.

For a multitude of sleep difficulties, R.E.S.T CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can help. R.E.S.T is a bespoke treatment encompassing your Routines, Environment, Stimulation and Thoughts, personalised uniquely for you. Some sleep problems may be alleviated after only one session.

Contact me today to arrange your sleep assessment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MA(Hons) in Psychology and a PG Diploma in Counselling, both awarded by The University of Edinburgh.

I have been practising since 2011, and currently manage a long-established specialist counselling service in Edinburgh specialising in Substance Use and Complex Trauma. I have a wealth of experience of managing complex safeguarding cases and ethical dilemmas.

I regularly provide training on:

  • Working With Substance Use
  • Safeguarding

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Insomnia
  • Counselling Supervision
  • Occupational Supervision
  • CPD Training


From £60 for a 50 minute individual counselling or supervision session.

For group supervision or training enquiries please contact me to discuss your requirements.

Sleep clinic - £85 for a sleep assessment, and £60 per 50 minute follow up session.

Further information

I work particularly well with substance use issues, trauma and insomnia. 

Other areas of experience include:

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Gambling
  • Hoarding
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women's Issues

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH2 3NS
Loanhead, EH20

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Wednesday morning

Friday morning

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Supervision & training

I offer supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists, doctors, health professionals, and lawyers.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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