About me

Taking the first step towards therapy, or returning to therapy, can be difficult. Yet working through your experiences can help to process life more meaningfully. Being a qualified psychodynamic therapist means that I understand how even the smallest of issues can play such a huge part in what you may be feeling inside. We can work through this together, as I invite you to share your issues in a warm, empathic, yet well-held space.

Training, qualifications & experience

Post Grad Diploma: Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies (2019) Edinburgh University

Post Grad Certificate:  Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies (2011) Edinburgh University

P.G.C.E. (2001) Music Education; Moray House Institute

MA Hons : Philosophy and Music (1994)  Edinburgh University

I have been working as a therapist for two years, qualifying from Edinburgh University in the dialogue between person-centred and psychodynamic theory. I worked at the PF Counselling Agency and now work privately at the Southside Centre, both of which are in central Edinburgh.

I have worked in education for twenty years prior to this in secondary schools in Edinburgh, and continue to do so.

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

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£45-55 per session, with room for negotiation.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


My availability is currently on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Types of client

Older adults
Samantha Karpa

Samantha Karpa