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About me

I follow an integrated approach combining elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Person Centered and Existential Therapies and Mindfulness. I view my clients' difficulties as windows for self-enquiry, leading to discovery and transformation.

You will be assisted to touch upon the areas of your exploration within a safe, non-judgemental environment, resting upon unconditional respect and compassion. I operate within a non-directive agenda. My clients and I work together towards our agreed goals in a pace and manner that suit their needs. To that end, I will rely greatly on your feedback in our joint effort.

It is my belief that all humans are entitled to make the best of their lives in their own individual ways. As part of this effort you will be be helped to approach the hurts and fears that hold your life back. Gradually, you will become able to focus upon your own gifts and traits to lead you to the fulfilment you deserve. In the course of our sessions you will be tapping into your hidden potential, develop your own unique abilities to follow your dreams and bring them about in your life.

I receive regular supervision and I am a member of COSCA, practicing within its ethical framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Law (Hons), COSCACert Counselling, SCOTACSDip Counselling, PGCert Conflict, Social Development and Health

Above list is not exhaustive as I have received and keep receiving training in a large number of areas as part of my professional development and to satisfy my own curiosity.

Counsellor

Therapist

I have been working within the prison system and in the community with individuals with addictions on a wide area of difficulties and conditions covering Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger issues, Relationship problems, ADHD and BPD among most frequently encountered.

Member organisations

COSCA

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

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

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.

Fees

I charge £35 for initial session and £55 for following sessions.

My sessions last 60 minutes.

Availability

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 5.00 pm.

Further information

In the past I have worked in a number of posts addressing addictions, homelessness, gender issues, and severe mental health conditions.

I have also worked with vulnerable children in Kenya as part of The Muungano Development Gateways and in Greece, with The Medecins Du Monde, offering support to populations affected by forest fires.

Professional musician for over 35 years.

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Greek

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Yiannis Venardis BA (Hons) (MCOSCA)

Yiannis Venardis BA (Hons) (MCOSCA)