Stephanie Saunders MA Hons. Psy, PgDip Couns. PgCert. CC
I am an Edinburgh based therapist working as a full time counsellor and psychotherapist in private practice with individuals and couples. My practice is based in central Edinburgh at The West End Therapy Centre, situated at the West End of Edinburgh. I specialise in explorative and action based proactive talk therapy aimed at helping you achieve the changes you would like to make in your life and to help you gain clarity and understanding to the life experiences you would like to work with.
My areas of focus...
I specialise in working with a number of issues from relationship difficulties, communication problems, low self esteem, bereavement, social anxiety, issues around intimacy and confidence, depression, anxiety and stress. I also have experience working with the GSD (LGBTQ+) community specialising in sexuality, gender identity, self confidence and assertiveness and same sex relationships.
Working as a therapist, I draw upon a number of well established, tried and tested counselling and psychotherapy theoretical practices such as Transactional Analysis and Person-Centred Therapy. Transactional Analysis (TA) is the study of communication patterns through breaking down personality into 3 parts; - The Parent, The Adult and The Child. When we understand how these aspects of our personality work, we can look at how we communicate with others and better understand why often emotionally charged conversations can feel unresolved or unsatisfying.
I tailor the work based on what you would like to explore and help you build a greater understanding about your personal psychology, decision making processes and life decisions. Everybody is different and special which is what makes this work so important!
What to expect from the initial session...
One of the most important things about starting counselling is to find the right counsellor for you. To start this process, I offer an initial consultation so we can explore whether the types of therapy I practice are right for you. If it is not the right therapeutic fit, or if another type of work would be better suited, I will do my best to recommend alternatives for you where possible.
If we both agree that this counselling is right for you, we can then arrange regular 50 minute appointments. I would suggest that these sessions occur on a weekly basis in order to give you the best support possible but I am happy to discuss alternative arrangements and be as flexible as possible.
Please feel free to check out my website for more detailed explanations of the types of work I specialise in.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated in 2008 from Edinburgh University with a Masters of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology. I continued my training with a post graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling from the Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute in Edinburgh which is a Confederation of Scottish Counselling Agencies (COSCA) accredited course. I also hold a Certificate in Couples Counselling from Relationships Scotland. I attend regular CPD (Continued Professional Development) courses to inform my practice and have regular supervision in adherence with ethical framework set out by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
With over 10 years of training and experience combined, I have worked in both the Private and Voluntary sector gaining experience working with individuals and couples to improve relationship dynamics and realise emotional needs. I have experience and knowledge working with the LGBTQAI Community and supporting those experiencing emotional distress, anxiety, stress and depression as well as a number of other mental health issues.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
All initial sessions are charged at £35. This gives us a chance to talk through the areas of your life you would like to work with and whether the types of counselling I offer would be suitable for you.
Couples Sessions are then charged at a rate of £60 for a 50 minute session.
Individual Sessions are charged at £50 for a 50 minute session.