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Dionne Shanks

Pluralistic Therapist

Qualifications: MSc Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Registration: BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Availability: Thursday 2-6pm (Online availability at other times)

Price: Per 1 hour session: £55 in-person/£50 online (free 20 min initial session and concessions available)


My name is Dionne and I am a registered counsellor working with young people (16+) and adults in Edinburgh and online. I work pluralistically which means tailoring my approach to support your needs and nature. I offer a safe, confidential and empathic space to explore difficult issues without judgement.

Coming into counselling you may have a very clear idea of what you want to bring or you may have no idea at all of what is behind the feelings, thoughts or behaviours you are struggling with - either way is totally fine and very welcome. Whether you are feeling disconnected in life or stuck in patterns of thinking or relating, with yourself or others, it is likely you feel something has to change.

‘A client once described to me their experience of therapy as being a bit like a jigsaw puzzle and it has stuck with me – taking a piece of the puzzle at a time and discovering how it fits into the bigger picture, gradually allowing a clearer image and different perspectives to be uncovered along the way.’

I will provide a therapeutic relationship where you will be met with warmth, openness and compassion. Together we will explore your difficulties, along with identifying your strengths, and I will support you in facilitating change which is meaningful to you.

I practice from a neurodiverse-affirming lens having gained insights, knowledge and understanding from personal/close family experiences along with relevant training and my professional work.  

A little more detail……

Some people come to counselling wanting to make sense of their past and childhood experiences whilst for others a more solution focussed approach to a specific issue is preferred. Sometimes a more unstructured approach is desired to see what arises organically – everyone has different needs.

I work pluralistically which means I have trained in multiple counselling techniques and believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. I understand everyone is unique and I aim to tailor my counselling methods to meet your individual needs and preferences.  We will do this through open, collaborative dialogue and shared decision making within a trusted therapeutic relationship.

There are no hard and fast rules as to what you may want to bring to counselling but some of the issues I often work with are depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief and bereavement, relationship problems, low self-esteem, loss of hope, trauma and self-harm. My clients come from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultural identities, gender identities and sexual orientations. Whatever you want to bring we can work collaboratively together, so you are

not dealing with it alone.

Some of the counselling modalities I use in my practice include: Person Centred Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy and Transactional Analysis.

My deeply empathic and flexible approach means, together, we can explore your story and establish your hopes and goals. I will work with you to make sense of whatever is happening in your life, to hear and to hold everything you bring without judgement.  I would encourage you to bring every part of yourself to our sessions – the confused, the difficult and the messy parts of you are all welcome.

How to get in touch

I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. I will get back to you as soon as I can to arrange a

free 20-minute session at a time that suits you.

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