FIND A PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR

The below therapists/coaches practice from within Dialogue and Space. They welcome enquiries and new clients. In order to contact them, click on the buttons below their info.

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Dawn Wilson
Gestalt Psychotherapist
Curiosity, Creativity & Change

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. You may be fearful, have experienced shock, be full of loss, feel a bit numb or confused or think you've lost your purpose and connection to life??  Over the years I have met people coming to therapy for all sorts of reasons and what they've shared is their sense of needing to explore and understand alongside another. Some things can't be discussed, bring shame or just aren't understood by those around us no matter how much they love or care. Sometime we feel we've lost connection with those who would normally support or help us.  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 intervention, as well as a life approach, which attends to your needs holistically and safely.... the work is unique to you and what your interests are. It is a trauma informed and trauma responsive therapy.

 

My background is in Biology, the Arts, and Social Work/Education. I have an interest in creative methods of supporting the therapy process. I currently offer sessions working with the music only component of the Wavepaths ™ medicine system and sessions using the Deep Brain Reorienting DBR ™ approach to trauma work. I am Dance of Awareness ™ trained and hope to develop therapeutic movement to music in my one to one and a group practice. For further info on sessions using these specific methodologies please check my website. 

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, with 15 years experience. 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. I identify as SHE/HER and am committed to supporting inclusivity, diversity and difference. I feel we all have the right to belong without having to fit in ... to be accepted for who were are, not who others wish us to be.

Whether you feel in crisis ... are interested in becoming less stuck ... wish to live more fully or in a more enlivened way ...or are just struggling to reconnect with the world .... 

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Jill McClure
Gestalt Psychotherapist
Psychotherapy, movement and 
enquiry towards wholeness

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

Accreditation: GPTI & UKCP accred.

Availability: Tuesday-Friday

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 have a particular interest in life transitions (adolescence to adulthood, becoming a parent, mid life to older age) and the inevitable existential questions that emerge in these times. I am also deeply interested in how we learn andwhat gets in our way, and where and how we may habitually get stuck, repeating old patterns of being with ourselves and others. 

I bring my gestalt psychotherapy training to my ever growing interest in movement and somatic discovery as a way of reconnecting with trust and belonging in our bodies. I completed a yoga training in India (Yoga Health Mandala) just before the pandemic. 

Alongside my movement practice I am learning about meditation practice and being with 'life as it is'. 

 

Movement, awareness work and learning to be still continue to support me to extend and develop in my own life and I bring this to my client, supervision and training work. All of this doesn't necessarily make life easy but I am finding that it makes things possible.

 

If you are interested in working with me I ask that you bring your curiosity and wish to learn more about yourself, so that together, we can discover where you might be stuck in old patterns and structures that no longer serve you or support your growth and flourishing. 

 

My experience is that moving and growing demands courage and, also a willingness to experiment with novel ways of living so that we can to discover more of who we are beyond our early histories and habitual ways of being in the world.

I believe passionately in the possibility of growth and transformation via the therapeutic relationship.

 

I love swimming in the sea, particularly in the middle of winter. 

I am inspired by many writers and thinkers; James Hollis, Carl Jung, Pema Chodron, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Rachel Walker and Marcus Aurelius, to name but a few. Mary Oliver's poetry reminds me to always connect with the natural living world. A few of my current favourites are below.

'Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know' Pema Chodron 

 

'We are not here to fit in...we are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being...we are here to become more and more ourselves.' James Hollis 

 

 ‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’ Maya Angelou

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

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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

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Qualification: Diploma in Counselling - Credit Rated by Napier University - Validated by COSCA      

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 evenings

 

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.

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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. 

 

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Iyetomi Adenekan
Person Centred Counsellor & Psychotherapist.

 

Qualifications: PG Dip, Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling & Psychotherapy, PG Cert, Social Sciences, BSc Lib & Info Science

Accreditation: BACP accred.

Availability: Monday and Tuesday. Working Online and In-person

Price per session: £45

Since meeting my first client in 2018, I have worked with a range of clients in community-based and specialised agencies including Cruise Bereavement Scotland and LGBT Health and Wellbeing

As a black woman in a multi-cultural society, equality, openness and acceptance are some of my guiding principles. I have worked with and continue to welcome people from all cultural, economic and social backgrounds. I warmly welcome neurodivergent people and people who refuse to label themselves.

My core practice is Person-centred counselling, which is based on the theory that human beings have a natural instinct for growth, and ability to reach their full potential in life. I believe people come to therapy because this ability has been hampered by external factors like traumatic life events, societal harm and injustice, bereavement and many more. As your therapist, I will aspire to help you rediscover your ability to thrive, so that you are once again able to embrace life in an authentic way.

I will do this by helping you to connect with your feelings more closely; to engage with your feelings so that accepting them may feel possible. I will do this by helping you to focus more, as you speak. I will also be helping you to critically explore your feelings. Can you look at this issue in a different way? Does it provoke another feeling in you? So I will ask questions, sometimes challenging ones.

I have a growing interest in Neuroscience and I am discovering how a deeper understanding of this can help me develop different ways to meet my clients. I have found that understanding what's happening in my body, when I'm faced with a situation of threat, fear or safety, helps me find my way back to a place of equilibrium.

My aim is to walk beside you, at your own pace. with compassion and without judgement. I will help you to explore your choices and support you as you face your fears in executing them. I will walk with you as you try and identify the changes you want in your life. I will listen and help you challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make new ones.

To help you decide whether I am the right therapist for you, I offer a free 15 minute telephone meeting.

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Jane Laidlaw
Counselling &
  Psychotherapy

 

Qualifications: 

Diploma Social Work and Post Grad Diploma Practice Teaching

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy (with Distinction) 

Registered with: BACP 

Availability: Varies. Please ask for current availability

Price per session: £50

My professional background was in health and social care alongside social work education.  I had over 25 years work experience and interest in mental health and wellbeing prior to making the decision to retrain as a therapist and I have never looked back!  

I have always been interested in how our past and our present impacts on how we feel, behave and interact in all areas of our lives.  I am endlessly curious about people and the processes of exploring what we think about ourselves and our lives. I enjoy working closely with individuals who want to think about what has and is impacting on them, in reflecting on their responses and who are considering making changes within their lives.

I aim to provide a space where you can talk openly in order to explore your worries, anxieties and fears.  Somewhere to be listened to and feel heard when life is challenging you or you simply want to think about and understand yourself better.

I have experience of working with adults of all ages who are experiencing a wide range of issues and difficulties and welcome working both short and long-term.