Ms Toni O' Toole
I am Toni, an Irish woman living in Scotland. I am a Gestalt Therapist/Counsellor who trained at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute from 2010-2013. I am registered as a practitioner member with COSCA and subscribe to their Code of Ethics. I am committed to continuous professional development and learning and am working toward accreditation. I am currently studying for a Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice. In addition I feel passionate about the NeuroAffective Relational Model for healing developmental trauma (Dr Larry Heller). My professional journey includes 15 years in the NHS (Nursing and Health Education) and ten years working in the voluntary sector with people who survived childhood trauma and used substances to cope with this. I work in comfortable rooms in Inverness and Forres. Both locations are spacious and allow social distancing. Safety is a priority for me.
Gestalt Therapy is a humanistic holistic approach paying attention to the mind, body and spirit. As a Gestaltist I aim to create an environment in which it is possible to explore how we relate to the world and how we make meaning of our experience. I believe that given sufficient support, people will gravitate towards healthier choices and will thrive.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
- M Sc in Health Promotion and Health Education
- Over 400 hours of counselling clients
- Over 300 hours of counselling clients with addiction issues
- Ten years experience of nursing (six as mental health nurse, including three years as Community Psychiatric Charge nurse)
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
Concessions offered for
sliding scale depending on annual income (£25-£65 an hour).
I am available to work all weekdays, including evenings. Monday to Thursday I can offer appointments after 9 pm if required.
I am passionate about nature, the outdoors, hillwalking and family and friends.