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Shirley Thompson

Integrative Counsellor

Qualification: Diploma in Counselling (Credit Rated by Napier University,Validated by COSCA) TOCCTT   

Registration: COSCA Practitioner Member

Post-Qualifying Experience: 18 years

Introductory Session: 50 minutes – £40.00

Subsequent Sessions: 50 minutes – £60.00

Professional History: Outreach Support (Homelessness & Complex Needs), Nursing (General), Occupational Therapy (Psychiatry), Administration (Commercial & Charity), Customer Service, Retail and Hospitality.

Socio-cultural History: Lived, worked and studied in Bury St Edmunds, Amsterdam, London, Athens, Epsom & Glasgow prior to settling in Edinburgh.

Managing to function but struggling to cope? It can help to talk freely and in confidence with someone whose life and relationships are separate from yours ...


My introduction to counselling and psychotherapy was as a client. Now I enjoy helping others find their way through a wide range of life events and challenges. 


With impartial help to express yourself, unravel your thoughts and feelings, and review your ideas, decisions and beliefs it becomes easier to make sense of what’s happening. It then becomes possible to explore your needs, wishes and options, and find a way through. Perhaps it’s difficult to put into words whatever is troubling you - maybe I can help you to find them?

My integrative approach embraces Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic concepts, theories and practices thus offering a variety of different ways to explore, understand and appreciate the complexity, diversity and uncertainty of human experience.


The attitudes and practices of Mindfulness have also become part of my approach since attending Foundation Level Training at Mindfullybeing Scotland in 2014.

Talking therapy is challenging – and making the initial contact can be daunting – but once you find someone with whom you feel safe enough it can also be interesting, enjoyable and liberating. If you think I might be able to help, I’ll be glad to arrange an Introductory Session. This allows us to get a sense of each other, discuss your needs and wishes, and then decide how best to proceed.

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