Shirley Thompson Counselling & Psychotherapy
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 ...
My introduction to counselling and psychotherapy was as a client thirty years ago. Now I help other people find their way through a wide range of life events and challenges, including issues related to Covid-19 (coronavirus).
With impartial help to express yourself, unravel your thoughts and feelings and review your ideas, decisions and beliefs it becomes easier to make sense of what's happening. It then becomes possible to explore your needs/wishes/options and find a way through. Perhaps it's difficult to put into words whatever is troubling you - maybe I can help you to find them?
Talking therapy is challenging - and making the initial contact 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, I will be glad to arrange an Introductory Session. This allows us to get a sense of each other, discuss your needs and wishes, and then decide how best to proceed.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma 2005 - Credit Rated by Napier University - Validated by COSCA
COSCA Registered Practitioner Member - Registrant Number 2051
Mindfulness Training 2014 - Foundation Level - Mindfullybeing Scotland
Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insured
Post-Qualifying Experience: 15 years
Theoretical Approach: Integrative
My Integrative Approach embraces Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic concepts, theories and practices thus offering a variety of different ways to explore, understand and appreciate the complexity, diversity and uncertainty of human experience.
In addition to private practice, I work for the PF Counselling Service in Edinburgh, providing short and long term therapy to adults irrespective of their ability to pay.
My employment history also includes Outreach Support (Homelessness & Complex Needs), Nursing (General), Occupational Therapy (Psychiatry), Administration (Business & Charity), Customer Service, Retail and Hospitality.
Prior to settling in Edinburgh I lived and worked in Bury St Edmunds, Amsterdam, London, Athens, Epsom and Glasgow.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are due at the start of each session and payable by BACS transfer:
- Introductory Session - 50 minutes - £30.00
- Subsequent Weekly Sessions - 50 minutes - £50.00
Concessions offered for
In addition to the Jock's Lodge location noted above - 2 x steps at the entrance and 3 x steps inside - I can sometimes offer face to face counselling at Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh EH7 5QY which is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility, including wheelchair users.