Female Counselling in Old Town, Edinburgh

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Susanna Holland
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH10
Are you struggling? Perhaps you feel you’re stuck and fear your're going round in circles. Sometimes we need support to make sense of our lives, find our way back, forward or sideways. Sometimes, we need someone else to hear, understand us and be alongside us on our journey, to help us see the broader view. Perhaps you’ve had or are having a hard time but don’t know how to change or even if that’s possible. But you hope for something different, for growth as all living creatures do, in the same way new growth reaches for the light. Whatever it is, life is inevitable and change is possible even if it doesn’t feel that way just now.
Are you struggling? Perhaps you feel you’re stuck and fear your're going round in circles. Sometimes we need support to make sense of our lives, find our way back, forward or sideways. Sometimes, we need someone else to hear, understand us and be alongside us on our journey, to help us see the broader view. Perhaps you’ve had or are having a hard time but don’t know how to change or even if that’s possible. But you hope for something different, for growth as all living creatures do, in the same way new growth reaches for the light. Whatever it is, life is inevitable and change is possible even if it doesn’t feel that way just now.
0131 357 6217 View 0131 357 6217
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Mridula Sridhar
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
I view therapy as a collaborative space where one can be seen, heard, and understood. Our work together will support you to delve into the depths of the experiences you wish to explore, whether from your past, present, or anticipated future. I will pose gentle questions, offer sensitive reflections, and hold a confidential and compassionate space for the emotions and vulnerabilities that arise. Together, we will learn to care for the neglected parts of yourself, explore patterns you may find unhelpful, and listen to your inner needs and feelings, fostering a space for acceptance and growth.
I view therapy as a collaborative space where one can be seen, heard, and understood. Our work together will support you to delve into the depths of the experiences you wish to explore, whether from your past, present, or anticipated future. I will pose gentle questions, offer sensitive reflections, and hold a confidential and compassionate space for the emotions and vulnerabilities that arise. Together, we will learn to care for the neglected parts of yourself, explore patterns you may find unhelpful, and listen to your inner needs and feelings, fostering a space for acceptance and growth.
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Blanca Poveda
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH6
I am a clinical psychologist that is specialised in working with people with neurological conditions; from concussion, to strokes and brain injuries, as well as progressive conditions like MS or dementia. I can help with adjustment to the condition, learning more about it and living with it.
I am a clinical psychologist that is specialised in working with people with neurological conditions; from concussion, to strokes and brain injuries, as well as progressive conditions like MS or dementia. I can help with adjustment to the condition, learning more about it and living with it.
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Dr Pallavi Parihar
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
We all need a little help sometimes. When you're feeling down, stuck, or desperate for things to change, but unsure how to make it happen, reaching out for support and advice is a strong and wise first step. I aim to be warm and empathetic, embodying a person-centered approach, so that therapy can feel relaxed instead of daunting. My approach is collaborative, bringing together your choices and experiences with my psychological knowledge, to help guide you forward, providing you with the skills, psychoeducation, and techniques to help you reach your goals.
We all need a little help sometimes. When you're feeling down, stuck, or desperate for things to change, but unsure how to make it happen, reaching out for support and advice is a strong and wise first step. I aim to be warm and empathetic, embodying a person-centered approach, so that therapy can feel relaxed instead of daunting. My approach is collaborative, bringing together your choices and experiences with my psychological knowledge, to help guide you forward, providing you with the skills, psychoeducation, and techniques to help you reach your goals.
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Dr Catriona Jack
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Welcome to my page. I work in NHS and privately with a range of difficutlies across adult and child mental health. Please see the list below for details. In the NHS I work mostly with anxiety, depression and longstanding complex trauma. I have a special interest in working with post and ante natal depression and parenting support work. I have a Masters in child psychology focussing on parenting and attachment work and a doctorate in counselling psychology. I have run parenting courses, family sessions and one to one support. Please note I do not offer court reports.
Welcome to my page. I work in NHS and privately with a range of difficutlies across adult and child mental health. Please see the list below for details. In the NHS I work mostly with anxiety, depression and longstanding complex trauma. I have a special interest in working with post and ante natal depression and parenting support work. I have a Masters in child psychology focussing on parenting and attachment work and a doctorate in counselling psychology. I have run parenting courses, family sessions and one to one support. Please note I do not offer court reports.
0131 381 5096 View 0131 381 5096
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Narmeen Ahmad
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Starting therapy can seem daunting and scary at first. But it's the first step you have taken to embark on this journey. Feeling isolated and not able to make sense of the world around you? Questioning all that you have grown up with? Racing thoughts constantly clouding your mind? Feeling detached, anxious or upset? Not sure how to process what you are experiencing? All this seems pretty overwhelming but more common than you think. Through acceptance and kindness why not allow yourself to be able to make sense of all this through therapy. Let each session speak for itself and discover different parts of yourself.
Starting therapy can seem daunting and scary at first. But it's the first step you have taken to embark on this journey. Feeling isolated and not able to make sense of the world around you? Questioning all that you have grown up with? Racing thoughts constantly clouding your mind? Feeling detached, anxious or upset? Not sure how to process what you are experiencing? All this seems pretty overwhelming but more common than you think. Through acceptance and kindness why not allow yourself to be able to make sense of all this through therapy. Let each session speak for itself and discover different parts of yourself.
0131 381 5223 View 0131 381 5223
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Léonie Graham
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH30
Therapy can be for anyone, it can be for growth, healing and learning, as much as for working through something. Choosing to set aside a pocket of time and space just for you, can provide relief from stresses of modern-day living, giving you a chance to recognise what is really important to you and working out what steps you want to take towards the life you want for yourself. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore things that are troubling you, process past experiences and work towards any goals you might have.
Therapy can be for anyone, it can be for growth, healing and learning, as much as for working through something. Choosing to set aside a pocket of time and space just for you, can provide relief from stresses of modern-day living, giving you a chance to recognise what is really important to you and working out what steps you want to take towards the life you want for yourself. I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore things that are troubling you, process past experiences and work towards any goals you might have.
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Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 15 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
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Charlene Jany
Psychotherapist, MSc, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
As an accredited therapist I specialise in fertility & relationship issues for both couples and individuals. You may be feeling something isn't exactly right in your relationship or have a more difficult issue. You could be going through fertility treatment or have just had a fertility diagnosis. Many people think that relationship counselling should be attended when issues hit breaking point and that is simply not the case. I see people at all stages of their relationship and some of the issues I deal with can range from Affairs/betrayals, Family issues, relationship breakdowns & fertility/infertility issues.
As an accredited therapist I specialise in fertility & relationship issues for both couples and individuals. You may be feeling something isn't exactly right in your relationship or have a more difficult issue. You could be going through fertility treatment or have just had a fertility diagnosis. Many people think that relationship counselling should be attended when issues hit breaking point and that is simply not the case. I see people at all stages of their relationship and some of the issues I deal with can range from Affairs/betrayals, Family issues, relationship breakdowns & fertility/infertility issues.
0141 280 7657 View 0141 280 7657
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integration counselling & psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Do you feel stuck in a particular cycle that is impacting your life and needs to change? Does regulating emotions seem impossible?thinking negatively? have difficultly trusting others or doubt yourself?..Our hope is to offer you the tools, techniques and the inspiration you need towards improving your wellbeing, and encouraging personal growth. Whether you would like some help with anger, anxiety, addiction, phobias, to improve your mood, process trauma or improve your self-esteem. Together we can work together to help you to make lasting changes which will allow you to improve your outlook and live life to the fullest.
Do you feel stuck in a particular cycle that is impacting your life and needs to change? Does regulating emotions seem impossible?thinking negatively? have difficultly trusting others or doubt yourself?..Our hope is to offer you the tools, techniques and the inspiration you need towards improving your wellbeing, and encouraging personal growth. Whether you would like some help with anger, anxiety, addiction, phobias, to improve your mood, process trauma or improve your self-esteem. Together we can work together to help you to make lasting changes which will allow you to improve your outlook and live life to the fullest.
07723 923797 View 07723 923797
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Jen Mak
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
The loss of people or things can bring anxiety and depression as we struggle to take care of our own needs and wellbeing. By focusing on the root of the matter, we can make some lasting and meaningful changes. The way we talk to others and ourselves is a window to what’s going on inside. My counselling space, ‘A Space For’, is a place for you to explore what that is. We can be too easily swept up in the day-to-day and in our long ingrained habits and beliefs that it takes dedicated time and focus to unravel what really is causing us pain, the grudges and guilt.
The loss of people or things can bring anxiety and depression as we struggle to take care of our own needs and wellbeing. By focusing on the root of the matter, we can make some lasting and meaningful changes. The way we talk to others and ourselves is a window to what’s going on inside. My counselling space, ‘A Space For’, is a place for you to explore what that is. We can be too easily swept up in the day-to-day and in our long ingrained habits and beliefs that it takes dedicated time and focus to unravel what really is causing us pain, the grudges and guilt.
01937 227428 View 01937 227428
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Alexandra MacGill - Cbt Therapist
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Thinking about therapy? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment? Or just not feeling your "usual self"? Is your mood low most of the time and you're just not sure how to overcome it? Are you aware that some of your behaviors are not helpful and you are looking to change? If so, then i would love to help. As CBT has been proven to help with such issues.
Thinking about therapy? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment? Or just not feeling your "usual self"? Is your mood low most of the time and you're just not sure how to overcome it? Are you aware that some of your behaviors are not helpful and you are looking to change? If so, then i would love to help. As CBT has been proven to help with such issues.
0141 673 8726 View 0141 673 8726
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Lorena Recio Aparicio
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
If you are tired of feeling confused and lost in your life and you struggle to deal with daily life events, if you are experiencing a difficult moment and you do not have the coping skills to bear it or if you feel you are not confident enough to make the changes that you would like to make and you struggle with your relationships and putting bounderies to those relationships, I would like to help you by upskilling you with the knowledge and abilites you need to face the issues you might find.
If you are tired of feeling confused and lost in your life and you struggle to deal with daily life events, if you are experiencing a difficult moment and you do not have the coping skills to bear it or if you feel you are not confident enough to make the changes that you would like to make and you struggle with your relationships and putting bounderies to those relationships, I would like to help you by upskilling you with the knowledge and abilites you need to face the issues you might find.
0131 381 8043 View 0131 381 8043
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Angela Mcilhagger
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Do you want to make changes to your health and wellbeing but don't know how? Perhaps you experience periods of low mood, anxiety, or low self esteem? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you understand your current mindset and teach you techniques to move forwards. I am a qualified CBT therapist based in Midlothian. I am passionate about helping people make long-lasting, helpful changes in their thoughts and daily habits to improve their wellbeing. I can coach you through the, 'how' of change and help you sustain new helpful daily habits.
Do you want to make changes to your health and wellbeing but don't know how? Perhaps you experience periods of low mood, anxiety, or low self esteem? Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you understand your current mindset and teach you techniques to move forwards. I am a qualified CBT therapist based in Midlothian. I am passionate about helping people make long-lasting, helpful changes in their thoughts and daily habits to improve their wellbeing. I can coach you through the, 'how' of change and help you sustain new helpful daily habits.
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Photo of Marika Maria Lisowska Gestalt Therapy, MUKCP, Counsellor
Marika Maria Lisowska Gestalt Therapy
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
I get that it’s not easy to ask for support and admit to vulnerability. I view therapy as as a journey of discovery, healing and growth. Through 'experiential learning' and 'dialogue' we will work with your ‘embodied awareness’ of ‘how’ you are in relationships, ‘how’ you make choices and ‘how’ you co-create your world. We will look at where you feel 'stuck' and what seems 'difficult'; we will 'stay with' the feelings and complexity that may unfold. I believe change happens organically when we have enough 'support', fully acknowledge the situation we are in, and commit to work.If that resonates with you, please contact me.
I get that it’s not easy to ask for support and admit to vulnerability. I view therapy as as a journey of discovery, healing and growth. Through 'experiential learning' and 'dialogue' we will work with your ‘embodied awareness’ of ‘how’ you are in relationships, ‘how’ you make choices and ‘how’ you co-create your world. We will look at where you feel 'stuck' and what seems 'difficult'; we will 'stay with' the feelings and complexity that may unfold. I believe change happens organically when we have enough 'support', fully acknowledge the situation we are in, and commit to work.If that resonates with you, please contact me.
0131 381 8048 View 0131 381 8048
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Shirley Thompson
Counsellor, PMCOSCA
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
My introduction to counselling and psychotherapy was as a client more than thirty years ago. Now I enjoy helping other people to find their ways 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 to 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 introduction to counselling and psychotherapy was as a client more than thirty years ago. Now I enjoy helping other people to find their ways 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 to find a way through. Perhaps it's difficult to put into words whatever is troubling you - maybe I can help you to find them?
01764 915900 View 01764 915900
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Dr Tej .
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Dr Tej is Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 25 years clinical experience across Infant, Child and Adult mental health services. In her clinical practice with adults, her expertise is in helping identify and work through intergenerational cycles of trauma – or trauma with a small ‘t’, such as complex developmental trauma/family trauma/narcissistic abuse, scapegoating, chronic shame, feeling stuck not knowing how to break relational patterns. Clients she has worked with report these difficulties in the context of bullying at work, couple /marital/relationship difficulties and attachment/parenting and birth trauma/difficulties.
Dr Tej is Consultant Clinical Psychologist with 25 years clinical experience across Infant, Child and Adult mental health services. In her clinical practice with adults, her expertise is in helping identify and work through intergenerational cycles of trauma – or trauma with a small ‘t’, such as complex developmental trauma/family trauma/narcissistic abuse, scapegoating, chronic shame, feeling stuck not knowing how to break relational patterns. Clients she has worked with report these difficulties in the context of bullying at work, couple /marital/relationship difficulties and attachment/parenting and birth trauma/difficulties.
020 3870 3028 View 020 3870 3028
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Dr Hannah Young
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
Emotional, relational and health-related difficulties can often arise from adverse life experiences or trauma. With the support of a psychotherapist you can work towards identifying the source of ​stress and anxiety, dissociation, depression, addiction, sleeping problems, issues related to eating and many other symptoms. It is by working at depth and carefully tracking what is happening in the body - along with emerging emotions and thoughts - that we can address the 'stuckness' of symptoms.
Emotional, relational and health-related difficulties can often arise from adverse life experiences or trauma. With the support of a psychotherapist you can work towards identifying the source of ​stress and anxiety, dissociation, depression, addiction, sleeping problems, issues related to eating and many other symptoms. It is by working at depth and carefully tracking what is happening in the body - along with emerging emotions and thoughts - that we can address the 'stuckness' of symptoms.
01382 919573 View 01382 919573
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Janie Keddie - Cadmar Counselling
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Perhaps life is feeling increasingly difficult and you don’t fully understand your reactions? Anxiety, stress and the legacy of trauma take a heavy toll. It can be hard to make headway against the storm. You may be struggling with symptoms such as ruminating thoughts, panic attacks, difficulty focussing and unpleasant bodily symptoms. Perhaps you recognise repeating patterns. Anxiety reaches into all areas of our life, including personal and professional relationships. The good news is that it's possible to overcome even long-standing issues and reclaim the ability to live life to your fullest potential. There is hope.
Perhaps life is feeling increasingly difficult and you don’t fully understand your reactions? Anxiety, stress and the legacy of trauma take a heavy toll. It can be hard to make headway against the storm. You may be struggling with symptoms such as ruminating thoughts, panic attacks, difficulty focussing and unpleasant bodily symptoms. Perhaps you recognise repeating patterns. Anxiety reaches into all areas of our life, including personal and professional relationships. The good news is that it's possible to overcome even long-standing issues and reclaim the ability to live life to your fullest potential. There is hope.
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Laura MacEwen
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Old Town, Edinburgh EH1
I am an experienced counsellor and registered member of the BACP offering integrative counselling which means I can draw on different counselling approaches (including person centred, CBT, psychodynamic) to work with you in a way that suits you best. I can give you the space you need to explore any of the following: Anxiety and/ or depression, feeling stuck, challenging relationships, finding past experiences difficult, addictions, issues around sexuality, life transitions, coping mechanisms, childhood trauma and many more. Whatever is going on for you, I believe a space to talk to someone in a safe environment can be life changing.
I am an experienced counsellor and registered member of the BACP offering integrative counselling which means I can draw on different counselling approaches (including person centred, CBT, psychodynamic) to work with you in a way that suits you best. I can give you the space you need to explore any of the following: Anxiety and/ or depression, feeling stuck, challenging relationships, finding past experiences difficult, addictions, issues around sexuality, life transitions, coping mechanisms, childhood trauma and many more. Whatever is going on for you, I believe a space to talk to someone in a safe environment can be life changing.
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Female Counsellors

Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.