"Susan works in such a professional, warm way that it makes you want to share more. Have found myself talking about things that I hadn't been aware were a difficulty in my life."
Practising as a Person Centred Counsellor, in Trinity, North Edinburgh has been a valuable part of my life, for the last twelve years.
I welcome any person who is experiencing emotional distress, of any shape or form and who is at a point in their lives of looking for professional help to address this. The first time we meet is for us to gain a sense of each other, how we would feel about meeting again and to make sure that the issues you are bringing are ones that I feel I might be able to help with - there is no obligation to meet again if it doesn't feel right. Sharing your personal thoughts and feelings requires a safe and trusting relationship so it is important to take some time to find a Counsellor who feels right for you. I understand that contacting a Counsellor can be daunting and I hold this in mind with every person that decides to get in touch with me. If we meet and realise that we are not quite suited to work together, I will do my best to help you find a Counsellor that is right for you.
I see some clients for a few sessions and some for many months. This is dependant on you and the issues that you bring. There is no pressure to continue or equally to finish before you are ready.
I work from a purpose built counselling room in my front garden, as seen below, in Trinity, North Edinburgh. It is a quiet leafy area, three miles North of Central Edinburgh. There is plenty of free parking and the Number 23 bus route is moments away .
Most of us go through difficult times in our lives, and I often find I am contacted for counselling when the energy to cope or ideas of how to improve things have been exhausted. Friends and family members may have been struggling to understand your distress or, equally difficult, offering advice to fix it. The distress could be due to a recent situation or something that has been going on for many years. Recent events could be things such as a relationship breakdown or a bereavement while longer term issues could be things stemming from a difficult childhood or mental ill health.
My experience working with people in a person centred counselling context or mental health field is wide and varied therefore I welcome all clients irrespective of the issues they bring. I have particular knowledge in the field of Mental Illness and especially welcome you if you have had to cope with this. A further area of counselling I am especially committed to is grief work. The type of grief that is so all consuming that it is hard to find meaning in life. This can arise in many situations such a multiple miscarriage; loss of a child; infertility; fatal or chronic illness; a devastating life experience; the realisation that you have suffered emotional abuse as a child. The devastating impact that grief can have on us, regardless of how this has arisen, is what I commit to work with.
Finally, having been a carer myself to family members living with Dementia and Autism, I particularly welcome anyone in a similar position whether this be related to these issues or any other condition.