Dr Zoe Chouliara

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Consultant Counselling & Health Psychologist
Limited availability
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Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH7
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Dr Zoe Chouliara

We stand out for: Excellence, Compassion, Precision, Not giving up on You

How we are different:

  • Appointment within 2 days when you need one. No need for long waiting lists which distress you and allow for your challenges to complicate further.
  • We will cut through your challenges within the first appt and we will provide initial explanation, so you do not have to stay in confusion and fear.
  • We have strong links across the private sector and we will refer you for medical and/or complementary care and other assessment, only if required.
  • We will see you as the unique human being that you are. Not a number. Not a diagnosis. We will not be put off by your medical history.

Formerly Professor in Mental Health

A league above what you might have experienced.

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 Consultant Counselling & Health Psychologist  of national and international calibre. I am a Practitioner Counselling and Health Psychologist and Supervisor, Psychotherapist/Counsellor, and Professional Transformational Coach, as well as Reiki Practitioner. I have 14 years of experience as a clinician and 11 years as a clinical supervisor and trainer. My clinical work, workshops, talks, writings, and presence have touched the lives of hundreds of people over the years nationally and internationally.
I 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, plastic surgery and gender incongruence assessments, medicolegal reports, workshops, and consultancy.

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 14 years.

Training, qualifications & experience

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

15 years of clinical experience across sectors, including the NHS & 12 years of providing clinical supervision/training for other clinicians/trainees

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Photos & videos


£95.00 - £180.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Vitality
  • Cigna

Additional information

Please book an appt as normal by contacting me on mobile or via email.

If urgent, you may get an appt within 24 hrs

phone to discuss fees

When I work

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

A league above whatvuou have experienced so far.

I practise mainly in Edinburgh and online, nationally and internationally. Please discuss if abroad.

I have 14 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, recovering from life adversities, and Long COVID/post viral syndromes.

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.

Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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 face to face in my beautiful, quiet, private consulting space in Central Edinburgh, over the phone or online. I also offer walking therapy within strict professional boundaries, if enclosed spaces present a challenge for you at present.

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In person
Home visits

Awarded Consultant Counselling & Health Psychologist, Psychotheapist / Counsellor Supervisor & Trainer of a national and international calibre

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Dr Zoe Chouliara
Dr Zoe Chouliara