About me

If you are struggling with how things are in your life, or how you feel about yourself, counselling can help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a way that can be difficult in everyday life. I am passionate about helping you to understand the personal meaning your difficulties might hold for you. 

You may have been living and coping with anxiety, stress and low mood, feeling stuck, on edge, lost, or sad, unable to move forwards. Sometimes we feel like this for a long time before reaching out for help, and there is no need to have a clear sense of 'what's wrong' in order to seek help. Sometimes things just don't feel right. You know this is not how you want to live or feel but you don't know how to change things and that's a really tough place to be. It's okay not to know, in fact it can be a necessary starting point. In counselling, as our therapeutic relationship develops, what's important will unfold in its own time as you feel safe enough to express more of yourself.

Whatever you are going through, I will try hard to understand your concerns as they are for you and I will share with you my sense of your experience without judgement. Sometimes being carefully listened to helps you to see things more clearly and trust yourself, perhaps for the first time. This trust can help you reconnect with your own resources and inner direction, a sense that you know what you need or what's right for you. This might be fleeting at first, something you catch glimpses of, and these can bring hope that things can move forward and that more than you can currently see is possible for you.

How do I get in touch?

Please call, email or send a message to arrange an initial chat. We will talk through what's brought you to counselling and how we might work together. We can then arrange our first session and usually, we will meet weekly at this time. I am happy to answer any questions you have and hopefully put your mind at ease.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from Persona/Aberdeen University as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling from Edinburgh University.

I regularly attend training courses for my professional development. Most recently I have been exploring my interest in therapeutic writing after trauma, and learning about interpersonal neurobiology which is an approach to understanding human beings based on the relationship between the body, brain and mind. I am interested in how we can befriend our nervous systems and access the wisdom in our bodies to give us the fullest opportunity to help ourselves move towards health.

I have experience working at two Edinburgh-based counselling agencies, as well as in private practice, with clients who have experience of and issues relating to:

depression, anxiety, childhood abuse, trauma, family conflict, loss, stress, loneliness, sexuality, perfectionism, overworking and burnout, and a search for self/identity.

This is not an exhaustive list and you do not need to see yourself in any of these concerns to get in touch with me.

I have significant experience with my own counselling. As well as increasing my self-awareness and understanding, this helps me to fully appreciate the vulnerability and uncertainty of being a client and what it can take to talk about difficult feelings and experiences. I will gladly discuss any concerns you have at any stage of the process. I see my experiences as a client as a central part of my practice and as a rich support for our therapeutic work together.

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

£50.00 per session

Additional information

I currently offer face-to-face, online and telephone counselling

My fee is £50 and sessions last 50 minutes. I can sometimes offer a concession of £35.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work in person on Fridays in the West end of Edinburgh. I work online/by phone Monday, Tuesday and Thursday daytime. I have occasional evening slots available. Please get in touch.

Further information

I will need to collect some basic information from you so that I can contact you and in case of emergency. This information will be stored in accordance with GDPR and not used for any other purpose.

I am a member of BACP and I abide by their code of ethics.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults

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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner