Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 10th January 2022

About me

Welcome.
 
Firstly, I want to commend you for your courage in making it here. I know how daunting seeking a therapist can be and how important it is to feel you’re in safe hands. Whether you’ve had counselling or therapy before, or this is your first time, you’re probably wondering about me and how I will be able to help you.

I’m a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy and an experienced, qualified therapist. While 'therapist' and 'doctor' are my official titles, I meet you as person to a person, meaning that I am here to be alongside you, rather than hide behind theories and techniques that feel distant and impersonal.

I bring compassion, challenge, and education to our therapeutic relationship, as well as extensive training and clinical experience. I deeply respect what makes you who you are and I hold the knowledge you have about yourself with the utmost value. In this way, you won’t become dependent on me; instead, I’ll help you practice how to resource inwardly and outwardly so that you can know how to get your own back, especially in times of stress and overwhelm. 

I see therapy as a process where we work collaboratively toward welcoming the feelings, thoughts, and parts of yourself that have previously been unwelcome. I partner with you to explore what it’s been like for you on a deep level, supporting you as you discover what has been lost, silenced, or neglected so that you can reclaim a more present and whole sense of yourself. Together we can see what you need in order to live with more authenticity, connection, and wholeheartedness and with more openness to life’s joys and possibilities.

In my practice, I draw from many schools of thought on healing and self-discovery, offering you therapy that is holistic and personalised to your therapeutic needs, background, and context. I consider my work holistic because we’ll explore the bio-psycho-social components of your experience as well as the different aspects of what makes you who you are. The therapy I offer is also personalised meaning that the way I work with you will be specific to you and your unique needs. My ultimate goal is to guide you to the knowledge you have about yourself and provide you with the tools you need so that you can pattern new, healthier ways of moving through the world and being in relationship with yourself and others. 

I work with people to address the presenting issues as well as develop insight into what underlies them so that we can co-create lasting change. I work with people short-term and long-term, and open-ended or time-limited.  It all depends on your concerns and needs. My specialties include working with issues around anxiety, depression, self-esteem/self-confidence, family/relationship issues, loss/bereavement, abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), addiction issues, food/exercise issues, and work and academic-related stress.

Since finding someone you feel like you can connect with is the most important part of effective therapy, I give us a couple of chances to meet before we go ahead with regular sessions. To learn more about me and how I work please visit my website: www.truevoicecounselling.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I earned my undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies in 2014 from San Jose State University. My studies emphasised the social sciences, such as developmental psychology, child development, religious studies, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology, reflecting my keen interest in the diversity of human experience.

In 2016, I completed my COSCA Accredited PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Interpersonal Dialogue). I continued my studies at The University of Edinburgh, earning a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2019. I received my certificate for relationship and couples counselling with Relationship Scotland in 2020. I also have training and experience offering play therapy and art therapy with children and young people through courses at The University of Edinburgh and placements at Place2Be and Sunflower Garden. With this extensive training and experience, I confidently support clients in navigating life transitions with authenticity, grace, and creativity.

I also regularly attend continued professional development (CPD) conferences, seminars, and workshops as an up-to-date and lifelong learner in my profession. I offer you sessions infused with the latest research on effective therapy approaches.

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

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

The initial Appointment is £45 for 50-60 minutes.

The fee per 50-minute session is £65 

Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis and the number of sessions is agreed upon on an individual basis. 

Availability

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I work Tuesday-Friday 1 pm-8 pm. My practice is currently full. Please visit my website to join my waiting list or set up an informal call. 

Further information

​I am registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), meaning that I have been approved for gaining appropriate training and experience. My work is deeply grounded in the ethics of care, respect, safety and confidentiality, which is embedded within the code of ethics and conduct of the BACP. My practice is also insured and regularly supervised as per the requirements of the BACP, so you can be confident about the help that I provide.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH10

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH3

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults

Online platforms

Doxy

Social

Sarah Quinley

Sarah Quinley