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(PGDip MBACP)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH12 5EH

About me

These are the most challenging of times and feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression are on the rise.  Covid-19 has changed so much; it's changed us as individuals and it's changed the world around us. Going back out into the world after 2 long years, can be disorientating and may trigger difficult feelings, affecting your confidence and self esteem. 

Reaching out and speaking to a counsellor can help you make more sense of how you're feeling, it can help you understand why you may be feeling a certain way and it can help you develop more compassion for yourself.

You may find that issues you were coping with before the pandemic are now magnified and more painful.  It may be that there is no-one that you can be honest with about your thoughts. Perhaps your close relationships feel strained or you feel that you need to be strong for others and have no-one to talk to. You may be re-evaluating your close relationships with friends or family and thinking about making changes. Issues such as loss,  financial worries, loneliness and isolation are affecting many. In many different areas of work people have had an increased workload during the pandemic and are now at the stage of burnout. For NHS and other frontline workers the stresses of the job, coupled with responsibilities at home can be overwhelming. 

I know that asking for help can be one of the most difficult things to do. We may blame ourselves for our situation, and often feelings of guilt and shame can make reaching out even harder. Perhaps you think you should be able to cope on your own, as you always have up until now. However, finding the courage to take that first step to talk through and explore what’s going on for you, at your pace, can be the beginning of gaining the clarity and control you need in your life.

The counselling space is all about you and I would recommend trying to find a counsellor that you feel a connection with, who feels like someone you could develop a trusting relationship with. I offer a free brief initial chat over the phone or by video call, with no obligation, so that you can decide if you want to go ahead with therapy. I also offer creative ways of working such as therapeutic art, which can help to explore and identify issues in a different way. Please email me to make contact. I always reply to email enquiries and aim to do so with 48 hours. If you haven't heard from me, please check your spam folder.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Therapeutic Use of Person Centred Creative Arts 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling 

I have always enjoyed working with people from all walks of life and my experience has been gained over many years. Beginning my career in the ambulance service, I worked there for 8 years, 5 of those as a paramedic. Working in the NHS gave me an insight into how it operates and what workers encounter day-to-day. Answering emergency calls and supporting people in acute distress, I became adept at responding to people’s emotional pain in different situations and my calm and empathetic approach was a good fit.

The job opened my eyes to the prevalence of more chronic mental distress in society and I wanted to work more closely with people, longer term, giving them more targeted support.

That lead me to pursue a career in the social care sector, where I have over 20 years experience with varied client groups including people with severe disabilities and their families, people with HIV and hepatitis C, people from LGBTQ+ backgrounds and people who use substances. I have experience of counselling people who have been through trauma and abuse in childhood and I currently work as a counsellor with students. 

I am trained in using art in a therapeutic way. Artistic expression can be a powerful way of working, helping to reveal feelings in a different way, tapping into feelings we can't verbalise. No artistic talent is needed for this type of therapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per hour. Initial free 15 minute consultation. Please speak to me at initial meeting about concessions, I have two discounted slots. 

Face to face appointments are on Wednesday only.

I always reply to email enquiries, and aim to do so within 48 hrs, please check your spam folder. 

When I work

Contact me for availability

21 Lansdowne Crescent, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH12 5EH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

I offer online and outdoor therapy. My Counselling room is on the first floor and there's no lift, so is not accessible for face to face sessions.

Online platforms

Zoom
Sally Wright

Sally Wright