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Sam Gardner Dip. Couns, MBACP

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH8
07521 196653 07521 196653

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 and low mood, or a sense of stuckness or hopelessness for a long time before reaching out for help, and there is no need to have a clear sense of 'what's wrong'.  Sometimes things just don't feel right or as you'd like them to be.  What's important will unfold in its own time as you feel safe enough to express more of yourself.

Equally, you may have a good sense of what the problem is and need a space to talk it through and consider how to cope with it or make changes in your life.

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 hear yourself, see things more clearly and trust yourself, perhaps for the first time.

How do I get in touch?

Please call me 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 work at a health agency with clients who have experience of depression, anxiety, sexual assault, abuse, trauma, family conflict and stress and burnout, among other issues. I also have experience working with clients who come to counselling for personal development, which is an area of particular interest to 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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

I currently offer online and telephone counselling. If you would prefer to work face to face please get in touch as this may be available soon.

My fee is £40-45 per hour.

I have some concession places available. Please feel free to ask about these.

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
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Availability

I am available Mondays & Fridays 8 am - 6 pm, Thursdays 1-6 pm. I offer some evening appointments between 6 and 8 pm. Please contact me if you have a particular evening in mind.

Types of client

Adults
Sam Gardner  Dip. Couns, MBACP

Sam Gardner Dip. Couns, MBACP