Shirley Thompson Integrative counsellor , EH8

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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.

With impartial help to express yourself, clarify your thoughts and feelings, and review your ideas, decisions and beliefs, it becomes easier to make sense of what is happening. It then becomes possible to find ways of being and doing that better suit who you are; and to live differently with what has happened in the past.

My introduction to counselling & psychotherapy was as a client thirty years ago. Feeling like a lost soul, I had no idea what I wanted or needed but I did know that it was not this. Unlike the medical practitioners I had consulted, the therapist took me seriously from the outset, and seemed to offer fellow feeling rather than an I'm OK - You're Not OK approach.  It was such a relief to feel heard and understood, as well as a glimmer of hope.

Although awkward and bewildered at first, I soon found myself engaged in an exploratory, enabling and empowering dialogue, which eventually proved transformative. Years later, I was drawn back to therapeutic work as a student and qualified as a practitioner in 2005.

Working in private practice and the voluntary sector, I help people to deal with a range of life events and challenges, including anxiety, depression, relationships, separation/divorce, loss/bereavement, redundancy/retirement, end of life issues, abuse, trauma and work related stress.  It may be difficult to put into words whatever is troubling you - perhaps I could help you to find them?

Talking therapy is challenging, and making the first appointment 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, you are welcome to request an initial mutual assessment session during which we can both decide whether or not to proceed. 

Training and qualifications

Diploma 2005 - Credit Rated by Napier University - Validated by COSCA.

COSCA Registered - Practitioner Member - Registrant No: 2051.

Professional Indemnity & Public Liability Insured - Towergate Insurance.

Post-Qualifying Experience: 12 years at the PF Counselling Service, Edinburgh.

Theoretical Approach: Integrative.

My Integrative Approach embraces Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Psychosynthesis concepts and theories, all of which throw light on the human condition, offering different ways of understanding how we live with the complexity, diversity and uncertainty of human experience.


Fees are due at each session and payable by cash:

Initial Assessment Session - 50 minutes - £15.00

Subsequent Weekly Sessions - 50 minutes - £45.00

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Types of therapy:
Integrative Issues often worked with:
AnxietyBereavementDepressionInterpersonal relationshipsTraumaFamily issuesSexual/physical abuseSexuality issues

1 - 3 weeks Therapy offered:
In person Client groups:
Individuals Member organisations:
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