About me

Hello, I'm Sally.

If you are looking at this page, chances are you are finding life difficult in one way or another. You are not alone. I am here to offer you a safe place to explore your issues without judgement and in complete confidence.

** At the moment I am still able to offer counselling sessions, working online or over the telephone, whichever feels more comfortable for you. If online, we can discuss which platform you are familiar with, but I suggest we use Zoom, Skype or FaceTime.

I offer support for many problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • General unhappiness
  • Identity
  • Stress
  • Anger management
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Worry and panic​

​You may feel isolated and alone, or that you are not coping very well. I will listen without judgement, and together we will explore your experiences. I will work with you to find solutions, cope with life's difficulties, accept yourself and your emotions and help you bring about the changes you want. ​

How I work:

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor. I offer both short term counselling and longer-term therapy, on a one-to-one basis. I work in a confidential, client-led way that suits you and is at your pace. So, we will decide together, with regular reviews, how to proceed. I will give you the space and support you need to explore your thoughts and feelings about your life now, and how you would like it to change, and offer coping strategies for times when life is tough and seems overwhelming.

If you feel that life is not as it should be or that you are struggling with a difficulty or decision, we will work together to find a way through. There is no problem that is too big or too small. I will provide a safe, non-judgemental space where you can have confidence to explore the challenges you are experiencing. I work with many issues, including bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, anger management, low self-esteem, past/present family and relationship problems, and life problems.

What is important to me is that you feel comfortable with me so that we can work in the way that best enables you to bring about positive changes in your life and relationships.

I have worked for many years with clients in a variety of settings: in focused short-term sessions with students at the University of Southampton and offering longer-term therapy at a crisis centre, a counselling agency and with a bereavement charity. I work with adults and young adults 16+.

I currently also work at the Student Counselling Service of the University of Edinburgh, where brief therapy (usually four sessions) is offered free of charge to students.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Humanistic and Integrative Counselling
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People
  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Awareness in Bereavement Care
  • Level 2&3 Certificates in Counselling Skills and Studies

Training:

  • Working with Disordered Eating, Anorexia (2019)
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice (2018)
  • Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals (2018)
  • Exploring the Territory of Shame in Creative Ways (2017)
  • Expanding Vision and Practice (2017)
  • Existential Therapy (2017)
  • Working with Anxiety and Mindfulness (2016)
  • Being Myself and Behaving Myself: Towards Authentic Practice (2016)
  • Holding the Court (2016)
  • The Only Way is Ethics: Best Practice for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (2016)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (2015)
  • Fighting Depression in Adolescents (2013)
  • Samaritans' Children's Policy and Mental Health (2013)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Sudden and Traumatic Death (2013)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care: Anxiety and Panic, Addiction, Play Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Dementia, Death by Suicide

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.

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.

Fees

Additional information

Sessions are £50. Payment is by bank transfer or cash. Some concessions available.

Life can sometimes get in the way of the best plans, and if you want to schedule a holiday that is all part of great self-care, but please give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel your appointment. Otherwise, unfortunately session fees will remain payable. However:

  • no fee if more than 48 hours' notice given​

If I have to cancel our appointment I will give you as much notice as possible.

Availability

Daytime/evening appointments available.

Further information

Here are details of how I work and what you can expect.

Appointments last 50 minutes and are usually held each week on the same day, at the same time. This allows us to build continuity, although appointments can be re-arranged by negotiation.

I offer both short-term counselling and longer term open-ended therapy where I can offer you a safe and confidential space to explore whatever may be troubling you.

The first step is for us to arrange an initial session where you will be able to ask questions and we can each decide whether we feel it would be beneficial for you to continue therapy sessions with me. I also offer a free pre-arranged 15 minute telephone consultation, during which you can ask me any questions you have in order to help decide whether you want to book an initial face to face session.

I work in Edinburgh, in convenient rooms with pay and display parking and excellent public transport links close by. I am also able to offer online sessions over Zoom. Please get in touch for further information, or to book an appointment.

I check my telephone messages and emails regularly and will get back to you as soon as possible. My email and telephone are only accessed by me so be assured that any message you leave will remain completely confidential.

(EH1 Therapies)
28 Forth Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3LH

(Prime Psychology)
5 Millar Crescent
Edinburgh
EH10 5HN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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.

Sally Whittle

Sally Whittle