Sophie Buxton Burns

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MSc, UKCP accredited and registered
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Callander, Stirling, FK17
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About me

I am a qualified Gestalt therapist, working with individuals (aged 18+) both in Callander, nr. Stirling and online. I offer a compassionate and respectful therapeutic relationship, in which we work collaboratively to explore how your life and relationships are shaped by past experiences and patterns and support you to become more fully and creatively alive. Through expanding awareness of how we think, feel and act in the world, we can move towards fully inhabiting our choices and begin to challenge our fixed patterns and habits. This approach offers a holistic and creative way of exploring different aspects of our current existence and potential, broadening the possibilities for how we relate to ourselves and others, and enabling the exploration of new avenues for growth and change.

We all face times in our lives when we need extra support, and I enjoy working with people experiencing a wide range of issues and difficulties. My relationship with my clients is very important and I aim to make every client feel safe, respected and valued, with a commitment to confidentiality and appreciation of your autonomy. I offer a flexible approach tailored to the individual, incorporating levels of support and challenge appropriate to your point in the journey. I believe in the potential of each individual to heal and grow, and through my work, I accompany you on your journey to develop and realise that potential.

Please see my website for full details about how I work and for information about gestalt. You are welcome to get in touch if you would like an initial session with me to explore how we might be able to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Four year Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (2013-2017)
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills (2012-2013)
  • MSc in International Health and Development, with a focus on mental health (2011-2012)

Since 2018 I have been employed by the Student Counselling Service at the University of Edinburgh, and have a wealth of experience working with young adults presenting with a wide range of issues. I have worked with women's organisations in particular, offering counselling for fertility issues, pregnancy loss and a variety of antenatal and post-partum mental health concerns. More recently I have worked for several years within the Rape Crisis Network, supporting survivors of sexual violence to understand and heal from the impact of trauma. 

My professional background is in peacebuilding and human rights. Prior to training in Gestalt, I spent several years working with conflict affected communities in different parts of the world. It was through this experience that I developed my interest in how we move towards deeper healing, both for ourselves as individuals and for the communities of which we are part.

Member organisations

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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA)

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
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Therapies offered


£60.00 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Daytime appointments only

Callander, Stirling, FK17

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

PVG Scheme

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