Shirley Thompson Counselling & Psychotherapy

Shirley Thompson Counselling & Psychotherapy

25 The Lane
Jock's Lodge

46 Balcarres Street
EH10 5JQ

07889 781810

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About me

Managing to function but struggling to cope? It can help to talk freely and in confidence with someone whose life and relationships are separate from yours ...

With impartial help to express yourself, clarify your thoughts and feelings and review your ideas, decisions and beliefs it becomes easier to make sense of what is happening. It then becomes possible to find ways of being and doing that better suit who you are, and to live differently with what has happened in the past.

My introduction to counselling & psychotherapy was as a client thirty years ago. Feeling like a lost soul, I had no idea what I wanted or needed but I did know that it was not this. The therapist took me seriously from the outset and seemed to offer fellow feeling rather than an I'm OK - You're Not OK approach. It was such a relief to feel heard and understood, and to experience a glimmer of hope.

Although awkward and bewildered at first I soon found myself engaged in an exploratory, enabling and empowering dialogue which eventually proved transformative. Years later, I was drawn back to therapeutic work as a student, and in 2005 qualified as a practitioner.

In private practice and the voluntary sector I help people to find their own way of coping with a range of life events and challenges including anxiety, depression, relationships, separation/divorce, loss/bereavement, redundancy/retirement, end of life issues, abuse, trauma and work related stress. It might be difficult to put into words whatever is troubling you - perhaps I could help you to identify, explore and communicate your experience?

Talking therapy is challenging - and making the first appointment can be daunting - but once you find someone with whom you feel safe enough it can also be interesting, enjoyable and liberating. If you think I might be able to help, you are welcome to request an Introductory Session during which we can develop a sense of each other, discuss your needs and wishes and mutually decide whether or not to commit to Subsequent Weekly Sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma 2005 - Credit Rated by Napier University - Validated by COSCA.

COSCA Registered - Practitioner Member - Registrant No: 2051.

Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insured - Towergate Insurance.

Post-Qualifying Experience: 13 years at the PF Counselling Service, Edinburgh.

Theoretical Approach: Integrative

My Integrative Approach embraces Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Psychosynthesis concepts and theories, all of which throw light on the human condition, offering different ways of understanding how we live with the complexity, diversity and uncertainty of human experience.

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Fees are due at each session and payable by cash:

  • Introductory Session - 50 minutes - £25.00
  • Subsequent Weekly Sessions - 50 minutes - £45.00

Further information

In addition to the Jock's Lodge and Morningside locations noted above - both of which involve steps/stairs - I can sometimes offer sessions at Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY which is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility, including wheelchair users.

Maps & Directions

Edinburgh, EH8 7AA
Edinburgh, EH10 5JQ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

See 'Further Information' section of profile

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme