Everyone struggles at some point in their lives. Sometimes we are able to get the support we need from friends and family. At other times we want to share that struggle with someone who is not involved in our lives and won’t be affected, judge or try to problem solve. I can walk alongside you in that struggle so that you are not alone.
Early trauma can affect the way you see yourself now, as an adult. It can affect how you interact with people and with the world around you. I can help you to explore these feelings in a space that is entirely for you; where there is no need to hide or pretend. You will be accepted and understood.
I am currently accepting new face to face clients on Monday and Tuesday afternoons between 1pm and 7pm in my counselling room in Causewayside. I have had both vaccinations. For full details of Covid-19 precautions please see the information in "Your First Session" below.
My room is in The Edinburgh Counselling Studio at 136 Causewayside, opposite the National Library of Scotland. There is metered parking in Salisbury Place and Upper Gray Street which costs £2.80 per hour. There is also public transport, but during this time it is advisable for you to use your own transport or to walk wherever possible.
Please get in touch and re-arrange our session if you display any of the Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss of taste and smell), or have been told to self-isolate due to contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19, or have recently been to a high risk country. We will arrange another time when you have completed your self-isolation, or will arrange a remote session, whichever you would prefer.
Please arrive as close to our session time as possible as there is no waiting room. Press the buzzer marked “The Studio” and I will come and collect you.
I will be wearing a mask to come and collect you. Please wear a mask to come up the stairs and into the room (unless you have a medical reason that makes you unable to wear one). The room is on the first floor, so I’m afraid that I am unable to see wheelchair users or anyone who is unable to climb a flight of stairs.
I will ask you to clean your hands with the hand sanitiser, that I can provide, before entering the room.
In between sessions I will have cleaned anything that any previous client has come into contact with. I will also have ventilated the room. There is heating, but this may make it a little cooler, especially in the winter months, so please bring something comfortable and warm if you feel you might get cold. I’m happy for you to bring a blanket if that would make you feel most comfortable.
Once we are in the room and seated the chairs are placed so that we are physically distanced from each other. I would ask that only then you remove your mask and that you put it on again before leaving.
Your first session
We will talk about what brings you to counselling and what you would like to work on. I have a short form that I will fill in with you. I will also take you through my counselling contract and give you an opportunity to ask questions. This first session will be for us to decide if we are a good fit and if we feel comfortable working together.