FIND A THERAPIST

The below therapists practice from within Dialogue and Space. They welcome enquiries and new clients. In order to contact them, click on the "Get in Touch" button. 

Dawn Wilson

Gestalt Psychotherapist

Qualifications: BSc  Biological Sciences (Hons), PG Diploma Social Studies (CQSW), Diploma Gestalt Therapy (EGI), Dip Gestalt Psychotherapy (GPTI/UKCP).

Accreditation: GPTI & UKCP accred.

Availability: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday daytime & evening. Working Online and In-person

Price per session: negotiable, sliding scale from £60

If you are experiencing thoughts or feelings you find difficult… then it may be time to do something about it. As an experienced therapist, I am keen to help you decide whether therapy is for you or not.

You may  be clear about what you want to work on, or unsure but interested in change. You may wish to explore things that have happened recently or things you have been managing or struggling with for years. Making sense of how we are and our relationship with others can leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused and on our own. Therapy offers a confidential safe and supportive space to work through things that are important to you.

Gestalt Psychotherapy offers an approach that attends to our curiosity, creativity, resilience, and a wish to live a full and satisfying life. It is a creative therapeutic whole life approach, which alongside talking can offer other methods of exploration i.e music, art, physical movement, play, practical tips and ideas, diet and eating, stress reducing techniques, experiments etc..... the work is unique to you and what your interests are.

 

My background is in Biology, the Arts, and Social Work/Education. I have worked as a trauma therapist for a large Children’s charity and as a therapist at Edinburgh University’s Student Counselling Centre.

I offer individual, couple and family therapy and offer Supervision, Consultancy and Training with children and adults on a wide range of issues and themes.

I am an accredited (UKCP) Gestalt Psychotherapist. I am a member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI) and am governed and adhere

to their code of practice and ethical code. 

Jill McClure

Gestalt Psychotherapist

Qualification: MA (Hons), Masters SW, Dip GPTI, UKCP reg., GPTI TSM

Accreditation: GPTI & UKCP accred.

Availability: Mon-Thurs

Price per session: negotiable, sliding

scale from £65

My background is in Social Work, spanning social care, education, the voluntary sector and practice teaching. I have extensive experience of working with sexual abuse and trauma, and with new parents struggling with transitions. I am also deeply interested in how we learn and what gets in our way, and where and how we may habitually get stuck, repeating old patterns of being with ourselves and others. I have a commitment and passion for my work, and believe strongly in the possibility of transformation and growth through relationship and deepening awareness. I am a keen yoga practitioner and I am currently learning more about mindfulness and how to integrate more of my spiritual and physical practice into my daily life and therapeutic work.

 

Fiona Sutherland
Gestalt Therapist

Qualification: Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (EGI), Diploma in Social Work, Post Dip. Practice Teaching.

Accreditation: BACP

Availability: Tuesday & Wednesday

Price per session: £50 per session

As a Gestalt therapist the most important element of my practice is the relationship you and I create together. A safe trusting relationship provides the security and freedom from which to explore, discover and learn more about you, and what has brought you to therapy. You and I will work together to support what is presently working well for you, identify areas that may be less rewarding, and help you find your own solutions. I am interested in helping you find meaning and possibilities in your life through increased self awareness.

I believe we can all benefit from a supportive relationship no matter what age or stage in our lives.
People seek therapy for many different reasons. My skills and experience include, but are not limited to, working with depression, anxiety and anger; bereavement, loss and change; sexuality; identity; abuse; addiction; relationship and family issues. Engaging in personal therapy requires ongoing commitment, courage and willingness to risk being fully seen, heard and understood. I am committed to working alongside you, staying with you when the going gets tough and celebrating the moments of joy.

I have been working as a therapist since 2007. I work with integrity, compassion and respect. I value my ongoing professional and personal development

and participate in regular clinical supervision and training events. My initial training and qualifications were in social work. I have 27 years experience

working with individuals and families as a local authority social worker, manager, supervisor and practice teacher.
Outside of work, my life is enriched by my yoga practice, dance, singing, music, drawing, printmaking and nature.

I value diversity and welcome referrals from all sections of our community. Please get in touch if you want to discuss working together.

 

Esther Walker
Gestalt Counsellor/ Massage Therapist

Qualifications: Diploma Gestalt Therapy (EGI), DPhil Sociology, Diploma in Swedish Massage

Availability: Monday- Wednesday Counselling / Friday for Massage

Price per session: £55 ( Counselling or Massage Therapy)

E-mail: esther@mobilecounsellingedinburgh.com

I offer online and face to face counselling and trauma-aware massage therapy, based here at Dialogue and Space.

I was drawn to Gestalt because it offers a practical approach to exploring and resolving difficult feelings and situations.  We’ll pay attention to the relationship we create together, to your physical experience (as well as what you think and say) and to helping you learn through experimentation and practice.  In this way, you'll benefit from:

  • greater self-awareness

  • new understanding of how relationships work and of your own experience of relationships

  • greater flexibility in how you approach and respond to the world

  • greater access to feelings of satisfaction, hope, contentment, excitement, warmth and love

Massage therapy complements a Gestalt approach by supporting you to connect with bodily experience, calming an anxious nervous system, awakening sensory experience.  It brings feelings of relaxation, peace, and restoration.

For some, the idea of massage is daunting and additional attention is needed to help them feel comfortable.  By providing this level of attention, I aim to extend the benefits of massage to those for whom safety is a priority.  This approach may particularly interest those wishing to explore massage alongside their work with a psychotherapist.

I am fully insured to practice and am a member of BACP (abiding by their Ethical Guidelines) and of Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation.

 

Karen Kinghorn
Gestalt Therapist/Coach

Qualification: Diploma Gestalt Therapy (EGI)

Membership: British Council for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Availability: Wednesday and Friday

Price per session: negotiable 

E-mail: karen@wspd.co.uk

We all have a natural tendency towards health, to create a happy life and develop satisfying relationships. Sometimes, however, we can feel stuck, caught in patterns of behaviour that are stopping us from having the life we want. 

 

Gestalt Therapy provides a supportive framework for you to work on your feelings, behaviour and experiences.  As a Gestalt Therapist I work with individuals addressing a variety of issues including confidence, anxiety, relationships, questions of direction, life transitions, family issues and loss. 

 

The Gestalt approach encourages us to be curious, to create new awareness and to use our fresh perspectives to create greater choice into our approach to life. It can take hard work to understand where you are, and it can be challenging to take the steps to bring about the changes you want. However, this can be enjoyable and fulfilling as it can lead to greater contentment, happiness and security. 

My role is to help you discover your strengths and learn to build on them, leading to personal growth and change. My style is interactive, supportive and collaborative and I aim to provide a safe and supportive environment where we can work together on whatever you are facing.

My background is working in organisations focused on people development, team and individual coaching. I qualified as a Gestalt Therapist in 2009 with the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI) and belong to the BACP. Beyond the world of work, I’m a keen rugby supporter, I love canoeing and camping and enjoy the simplicity of spending time with my family and friends. 

 

If you think or feel your current way of living and the habits you’ve created over the years are now getting in the way of what you want, it could be time to look at them more fully. 

 

You can reach me at Dialogue and Space where I work on a 1-1 basis and to reflect the current changes in work practices I also hold sessions using zoom or other appropriate technologies.

Elena Masoero
Gestalt Therapist

Qualification: Degree in Foreign Languages (University of Milan), MPhil in Theatre

Studies (Glasgow University). Gestalt Therapy Training (EGI).

Availability: Mon-Thurs. (Online/Face-to-Face visits)

Price per session: £50 

Email:  emasoero@protonmail.com

Languages: Sessions in Italian and English

I come from a background in the arts. I have worked as physical theatre actor and theatre educator for many years developing an awareness around body processes and around the intricacies of relationship. I chose to become a Gestalt Therapist for its attention to the ‘uniqueness’ of each human being and its compassionate, holistic approach to self-development and growth. As result of training and my experience as a client, I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship which offers a safe and confidential space for exploring the whole of ourselves and for compassionately bringing into awareness emotional and behavioural patterns which were useful for us to survive in the past, but that seem to hinder our growth and happiness in the present.

 

 I am a yoga practitioner and I love spending time in nature. Both practices allow me to feel more connected to myself and to experience happiness and peace.

 

I have been working as a therapist for the past four years developing experience in anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, relationship, diversity and gender issue. I am particularly interested in Eating Disorders and I am looking into further training in this field. As part of my ongoing personal and professional development I regularly attend CPD events and supervision.

 

I practise in English and Italian, and I value diversity.

Shirley Thompson
Integrative Counsellor

Qualification: Diploma in Counselling ( Credit-rated by Napier University and COSCA validated)                      

Registration: COSCA Practitioner Member

Post Qualifying Experience: 16 years

Professional History: Outreach Support (Homelessness and Complex Needs),

Nursing (General), Occupational Therapy (Psychiatry), Administration (Commercial

and Charity), Customer Service, Retail and Hospitality

Socio-cultural History: Lived, worked and studied in Bury St Edmunds,

Amsterdam, London, Epsom and Glasgow prior to settling in Edinburgh

Availability: Tuesday afternoons and evening

 

Pricing: Introductory Session: 50 minutes - £30.00

                Subsequent Sessions: 50 minutes - £50.00

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/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.

 

Susan Lanham 
Pluralistic Counsellor

Qualifications: MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

 (Abertay University).  Diploma in Relational Counselling 

Registration/ Professional Membership: BACP

Availability: Friday afternoon/ evening

Price per session: Individuals £45 / Couples £55

My practice is rooted in the principles of Pluralistic therapy which means that my approach is to work collaboratively and flexibly. I believe that each of us are helped by different things at different times.  The Pluralistic framework allows us to work together to find the best way of approaching your concerns, meaning that my approach is as individual as you are.  In times of crisis we can lose sight of our inner resources and therapy can help us access our strengths. Together we will work to explore where you are stuck, help you identify what needs to change and how you can make change happen.  

 

My work with couples is rooted in Attachment Theory which holds that we bring our own understanding and expectations from past relationships into our present ones and this can, in time, lead to problems.  Our relationships are constantly evolving but sometimes we get stuck in the same argument or feel that we cannot no longer seem to communicate as well as we would like to.  Together we will work to identify and break unhelpful patterns and help you communicate your needs in the relationship.