Thanks for reading a bit more about me and the counselling I commit to with clients. My work as a Person Centred Counsellor, in Trinity, North Edinburgh has spanned the last 13 years.
Presently, I am able to offer telephone and video counselling. I will return to face to face sessions as soon as government guidelines allow, especially for people who are living alone, who are isolated and suffering as a result of the pandemic, as my counselling room is suitable for social distancing and the additional precautions that are necessary. Please feel free to check with me regarding this.
I welcome any person, from the age of 18, who is experiencing emotional distress, of any shape or form and who is at a point in their lives where they want help to address this. This includes people who have a Psychiatric Diagnosis, chronic mental ill health and those who have more recent emotional difficulties.
Sharing your most personal thoughts, feelings and experiences requires a safe and trusting relationship as well as a suitable environment so it is important to take some time to find a Counsellor who feels right for you. Our first meeting would be for us to gain a sense of each other and to see how we feel talking together. I understand that contacting a Counsellor may be daunting and I hold this in mind with every person that gets 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 or service that is right for you.
I see some clients for a few sessions and some for many months-this is your choice. During our sessions, we will regularly review our work together, check we are still on the right track and whether counselling is still the right thing to be part of. There is no pressure to continue or equally to finish before you are ready.
I work from a purpose built counselling room in my 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 . Feedback from clients confirms the room is a warm, comforting place where disturbances are rare.
Most of us go through difficult times in our lives, and usually 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 may be due to a recent situation, something that has been going on for many years or a mixture of both of these things.
My experience of working with people as a Person Centred Counsellor 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 in the past or present. 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. Grief 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.