Shirley ThompsonIntegrative counsellor
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 thirty years ago. Now I help other people find their way through a wide range of life events and challenges, including issues related to Covid-19 (coronavirus).
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?
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.
Issues often worked with
Fees are due at the start of each session and payable by BACS transfer:
Introductory Session - 50 minutes - £30.00
Subsequent Weekly Sessions - 50 minutes - £50.00
Training and qualifications
Diploma 2005 - Credit Rated by Napier University - Validated by COSCA
COSCA Registered Practitioner Member - Registrant Number 2051
Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insured
Post-Qualifying Experience: 16 years
Mindfulness Training 2014 - Foundation Level - Mindfullybeing Scotland
Theoretical Approach: Integrative
My Integrative Approach embraces Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt 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.
In addition to private practice I work for the PF Counselling Service in Edinburgh, providing short and long term therapy to adults irrespective of their ability to pay.
My professional history also includes Outreach Support (Homelessness & Complex Needs), Nursing (General), Occupational Therapy (Psychiatry), Administration (Business & Charity), Customer Service, Retail and Hospitality.
Prior to settling in Edinburgh I lived and worked in Bury St Edmunds, Amsterdam, London, Athens, Epsom and Glasgow.