About me

Dr Zoe Chouliara

Formerly Professor in Mental Health
Named in the Top 100 Nation's Lifesavers List 2019 for her work with survivors of childhood abuse. Part of group award in Dermatology, BJN, 2016.

I am an Awarded, Senior Mental Health Practitioner and Senior Consulting Psychologist of national and international calibre. I am a Practitioner Counselling and Health Psychologist and Supervisor, Person-Centred Psychotherapist/Counsellor, and Professional Transformational Coach, as well as Reiki Practitioner.
I am happy to work with any type and degree of psychological difficulty and life situation you might find yourself in, including anxiety, depression, life crisis, abuse, gender and sexuality issues, identity issues, health anxiety, low self worth, dissatisfaction with appearance. I have particular expertise in abuse, extreme adversity and trauma, as well as skin conditions and appearance distress. I am an expert in helping you to reconnect with yourself and rebuild your identity and sense of self, especially so after adversity.

I provide psychological treatment, psychological/mental health assessments, workshops, and consultancy.

Life happens to all of us! I will provide a therapeutic and humane space for you. Nothing of what you bring will scare me or put me off. I will provide you with an empathic, honest and accepting professional relationship, so that you can find your best way forward.

I am the lead author of the Acts of Recovery, the first evidence-based, survivor-centred self-help booklet for survivors of childhood abuse, which led to my being named in the top 100 Nation's Lifesavers List in 2019..

I have  also been awarded the BJN Dermatology Award 2016, as part of the team of trainers delivering the first ever Dermatology Masterclass nationally and internationally. My clinical experience spans across the NHS, the voluntary sector and the independent practice over 12 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc PsyDip MSc PhD PGDip Counselling CPsychol (Health) FHEA
Practitioner Counselling & Health Psychologist
Transformational Life Coach
Rheiki Practitioner

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Transgender issues/gender incongruence/ transition

Identity issues, especially during recovery from complex traumas and adversity

Wish to undertake plastic surgery to alter your appearance

Dissatisfaction with your looks

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a fifteen minutes free introductory session to allow you to meet me and decide whether you want to work with me.

phone to discuss fees


I am happy to work with you on suitable times and days. I offer sessions during weekends and public holidays. I am working over Xmas and New Year.

Further information

I practise mainly in Edinburgh, but also in Glasgow, if more convenient.

I have 13 years clinical experience in working with complex and/or severe psychological difficulties in the NHS, the voluntary and independent sectors. My particular expertise is psychological problems associated with complex psychological trauma, identity issues/gender identity, skin conditions and appearance/body image difficulties, and recovering from life adversities.

I am happy to work with you whichever your challenges are, including anxiety, depression, life crisis, or identity crisis. Together we will find the best way forward.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

I offer sessions over the phone or online. I also offer walking therapy within strict professional boundaries, if enclosed spaces present a significant challenge for you at present.

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Awarded Senior Consulting Psychologist, Senior Mental Health Practitioner, Experienced Supervisor & Trainer on a national and international calibre

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