Attachment-based Counselling in Edinburgh

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Photo of Vessela Ivkova, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Vessela Ivkova
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH9
My practice is informed by psychodynamic, person-centred and attachment-based theories.
In my practice, I work with people who find it difficult to know and express what they want. I also work with clients who have experienced loss, trauma and displacement and therefore lack a sense of safety and belonging. I am experienced in working with people who find it challenging to regulate their emotions and fall into uncontrollable outbursts of confusion, anger, terror and worry. Finally, I specialise in working with individuals who struggle to form and sustain satisfying relationships and so suffer from feelings of worthlessness and emptiness.
My practice is informed by psychodynamic, person-centred and attachment-based theories.
In my practice, I work with people who find it difficult to know and express what they want. I also work with clients who have experienced loss, trauma and displacement and therefore lack a sense of safety and belonging. I am experienced in working with people who find it challenging to regulate their emotions and fall into uncontrollable outbursts of confusion, anger, terror and worry. Finally, I specialise in working with individuals who struggle to form and sustain satisfying relationships and so suffer from feelings of worthlessness and emptiness.
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Richard Alexander Taneus-Miller Art Therapist Accepting New Clients
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Edinburgh EH10
“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.” (D. W. Winnicott) I am a state registered Art Therapist with twenty years’ experience, having worked primarily in the NHS since qualifying in 2003. I am currently employed as the head of Arts Therapies with an NHS board. I am also active with the Scottish Council of the British Association of Art Therapists.
“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.” (D. W. Winnicott) I am a state registered Art Therapist with twenty years’ experience, having worked primarily in the NHS since qualifying in 2003. I am currently employed as the head of Arts Therapies with an NHS board. I am also active with the Scottish Council of the British Association of Art Therapists.
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Anne Brassier
Counsellor, BACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH3
Almost everyone would benefit from therapeutic support at some point in their lives - you do not have to be in crisis to get help. If you are curious to see if it feels right for you, contact me for a free introductory conversation.
Almost everyone would benefit from therapeutic support at some point in their lives - you do not have to be in crisis to get help. If you are curious to see if it feels right for you, contact me for a free introductory conversation.
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Maristela Lima-Napier
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Counselling is non-judgmental, does not tell you what to do, but it encourages you to seek out your own choices in life to become complete. There are many different therapeutic tools to help a person to communicate emotions, we can use creative materials, sand and art when verbal communication is tricky. I offer counselling face to face and online: via Zoom, WhatsApp, and FaceTime platforms, in English and Portuguese languages.
Counselling is non-judgmental, does not tell you what to do, but it encourages you to seek out your own choices in life to become complete. There are many different therapeutic tools to help a person to communicate emotions, we can use creative materials, sand and art when verbal communication is tricky. I offer counselling face to face and online: via Zoom, WhatsApp, and FaceTime platforms, in English and Portuguese languages.
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Adrian Tupper
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH3
You may be feeling hurt, sad, anxious, angry, nervous, ashamed or lonely. Or a combination of these. Maybe you lack confidence or self esteem. Maybe your social or intimate relationships are causing you stress. Maybe you lack self-care. Maybe, quite simply, life could be better. Importantly, neither searching the internet nor self help books have been enough, and you need someone to talk to. Someone who will listen to you without judgement, and who will acknowledge and help you process your sometimes overwhelming feelings. Equally, you may be looking for a therapist to work with by way of self development.
You may be feeling hurt, sad, anxious, angry, nervous, ashamed or lonely. Or a combination of these. Maybe you lack confidence or self esteem. Maybe your social or intimate relationships are causing you stress. Maybe you lack self-care. Maybe, quite simply, life could be better. Importantly, neither searching the internet nor self help books have been enough, and you need someone to talk to. Someone who will listen to you without judgement, and who will acknowledge and help you process your sometimes overwhelming feelings. Equally, you may be looking for a therapist to work with by way of self development.
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Photo of Siobhan Tyrrell, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Siobhan Tyrrell
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH5
How are you navigating life at the moment? You may have been suffering from emotional discomfort for a while, perhaps it's more recent or maybe the pandemic has had an effect on your mental health. You are not alone, 1 in 4 of us are affected by mental health issues at some point in our lives. Looking for support to understand what you are feeling can be life changing. How we make sense of ourselves, the world and our place in it can affect our relationships, friendships, careers, social lives perhaps even robbing us of our potential. Therapy, through insight and application can deliver acceptance, change, clarity and relief.
How are you navigating life at the moment? You may have been suffering from emotional discomfort for a while, perhaps it's more recent or maybe the pandemic has had an effect on your mental health. You are not alone, 1 in 4 of us are affected by mental health issues at some point in our lives. Looking for support to understand what you are feeling can be life changing. How we make sense of ourselves, the world and our place in it can affect our relationships, friendships, careers, social lives perhaps even robbing us of our potential. Therapy, through insight and application can deliver acceptance, change, clarity and relief.
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Veronica Cox
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Hello, I’m Veronica. I am a qualified integrative, relationship counsellor based in Edinburgh. From a place of kindness, compassion, and reassurance I’m pleased to be able to offer virtual and in-person sessions to both individual clients and couples in a safe space where you will be supported to talk and explore issues of importance to you.
Hello, I’m Veronica. I am a qualified integrative, relationship counsellor based in Edinburgh. From a place of kindness, compassion, and reassurance I’m pleased to be able to offer virtual and in-person sessions to both individual clients and couples in a safe space where you will be supported to talk and explore issues of importance to you.
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Robert John Margetson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH6  (Online Only)
Do you feel overwhelmed by life. Does it feel like all your thoughts and feelings are like a ball of tangled spaghetti. Anxiety, depression and lots of other issues could be entwined. Counselling can help you to un-tangle that ball, help you to understand your thoughts and feelings. I am a qualified, Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, working within Leith, Edinburgh area. I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in working with Domestic abuse issues. My approach to counselling is based on the belief that healthy emotional well-being is created within safe, nurturing and caring relationships.
Do you feel overwhelmed by life. Does it feel like all your thoughts and feelings are like a ball of tangled spaghetti. Anxiety, depression and lots of other issues could be entwined. Counselling can help you to un-tangle that ball, help you to understand your thoughts and feelings. I am a qualified, Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, working within Leith, Edinburgh area. I work with a wide range of issues and specialise in working with Domestic abuse issues. My approach to counselling is based on the belief that healthy emotional well-being is created within safe, nurturing and caring relationships.
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Louisa Casselden
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Edinburgh EH10
I provide a welcoming and therapeutic environment for adults and young people over the age of 16 who are struggling with a range of mental health difficulties, to help them explore and make sense of the experiences they have had. Through the use of evidence-based psychological therapy I aim to work collaboratively with people to improve their daily functioning and help them build skills to live the life they want to achieve. I use a number of therapeutic approaches in my work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and systemic approaches.
I provide a welcoming and therapeutic environment for adults and young people over the age of 16 who are struggling with a range of mental health difficulties, to help them explore and make sense of the experiences they have had. Through the use of evidence-based psychological therapy I aim to work collaboratively with people to improve their daily functioning and help them build skills to live the life they want to achieve. I use a number of therapeutic approaches in my work including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and systemic approaches.
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Clinical Forensic Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD
Verified
Edinburgh EH16
Clinical Forensic Psychology is a child focused psychology practice specialising in the assessment and treatment of children and young people presenting with emotional and mental health difficulties related to experiences of trauma. In addition, I also provide treatment for children who are struggling with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. If you think I can help you or your child please get in contact with me for a no obligation discussion. You can find my website at www.clinicalforensic.com
Clinical Forensic Psychology is a child focused psychology practice specialising in the assessment and treatment of children and young people presenting with emotional and mental health difficulties related to experiences of trauma. In addition, I also provide treatment for children who are struggling with a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. If you think I can help you or your child please get in contact with me for a no obligation discussion. You can find my website at www.clinicalforensic.com
01764 915909 View 01764 915909
Photo of Christiane Kelegher, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Christiane Kelegher
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15  (Online Only)
I work with whatever my clients bring into the therapy room and have a particular interest in personal identities and how my clients wish to be seen and accepted in the world. This includes identities around chronic illness and disability, as well as around gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. I do not work as a blank mirror but instead use my knowledge and training to create a dialogue between me and my clients.
I work with whatever my clients bring into the therapy room and have a particular interest in personal identities and how my clients wish to be seen and accepted in the world. This includes identities around chronic illness and disability, as well as around gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. I do not work as a blank mirror but instead use my knowledge and training to create a dialogue between me and my clients.
0191 743 0329 View 0191 743 0329
Photo of Caroline Finn Art Therapy, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Caroline Finn Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I work with individuals aged 12 and up at the moment. You may have issues with anxiety or trauma and are looking for ways to regulate yourself and work through the trauma. There may be attachment issues established in childhood that have been unhelpful in adulthood. Perhaps you require a confidential place to process distressing things you have experienced, or somewhere to take ownership of your story and change your narrative.
I work with individuals aged 12 and up at the moment. You may have issues with anxiety or trauma and are looking for ways to regulate yourself and work through the trauma. There may be attachment issues established in childhood that have been unhelpful in adulthood. Perhaps you require a confidential place to process distressing things you have experienced, or somewhere to take ownership of your story and change your narrative.
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Lucy Hodgson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH6
Whatever has motivated you to seek therapy, I can offer you a confidential space in which to explore your feelings, thoughts, relationships, and sense of self. Whether you are dealing with loss, feeling low, or like you have lost your way, then therapy can help. Through collaborative working, you will gain a better understanding of yourself – your feelings and your relationships – which, in turn, will facilitate personal growth and change. We will consider past experiences and relationships; how they have shaped you; and how they influence your feelings, actions, and motivations in the present.
Whatever has motivated you to seek therapy, I can offer you a confidential space in which to explore your feelings, thoughts, relationships, and sense of self. Whether you are dealing with loss, feeling low, or like you have lost your way, then therapy can help. Through collaborative working, you will gain a better understanding of yourself – your feelings and your relationships – which, in turn, will facilitate personal growth and change. We will consider past experiences and relationships; how they have shaped you; and how they influence your feelings, actions, and motivations in the present.
0131 381 6394 View 0131 381 6394
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Pam Black
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Waitlist for new clients
People come to counselling for many reasons. Sometimes this decision is motivated by a need for change or perhaps having to deal with unexpected change. For others it may be a desire to talk, to understand and be understood. I believe there can be real value in talking with someone who is trained and experienced to listen in a way that allows you to feel heard and understood. I provide a safe and non-judgemental space where we can explore the issues that you want to address.
People come to counselling for many reasons. Sometimes this decision is motivated by a need for change or perhaps having to deal with unexpected change. For others it may be a desire to talk, to understand and be understood. I believe there can be real value in talking with someone who is trained and experienced to listen in a way that allows you to feel heard and understood. I provide a safe and non-judgemental space where we can explore the issues that you want to address.
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Kavya Ravi
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
Psychotherapy can be beneficial for more than just relief from psychological difficulties, trauma, or crises. It can also facilitate personal development and growth. By providing a confidential and compassionate space, psychotherapy enables individuals to explore their inner selves and reconnect with neglected aspects of themselves. Acknowledging and accepting these parts can be difficult to face alone. However, the therapy process can provide a sense of safety to work through these challenges and explore new ways of being.
Psychotherapy can be beneficial for more than just relief from psychological difficulties, trauma, or crises. It can also facilitate personal development and growth. By providing a confidential and compassionate space, psychotherapy enables individuals to explore their inner selves and reconnect with neglected aspects of themselves. Acknowledging and accepting these parts can be difficult to face alone. However, the therapy process can provide a sense of safety to work through these challenges and explore new ways of being.
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Hazel Stevenson
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15  (Online Only)
Welcome! Talking is a wonderful way to share what’s on your mind. You may not even know what is bothering you, but by talking, it helps to get in touch with your emotions and make sense of your thoughts. Changes are often small but can be significant. Speaking with someone who is really listening and can offer a non-judgemental space to fully express yourself, improve your self awareness, and accept you for being you, can help!
Welcome! Talking is a wonderful way to share what’s on your mind. You may not even know what is bothering you, but by talking, it helps to get in touch with your emotions and make sense of your thoughts. Changes are often small but can be significant. Speaking with someone who is really listening and can offer a non-judgemental space to fully express yourself, improve your self awareness, and accept you for being you, can help!
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Dr Stephen Smith
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Edinburgh EH2
Therapy is about understanding, developing and changing. I am a clinical psychologist with many years experience of working with adults. I assist people to identify what the core issues are, understand how these have arisen, and then develop skills and tools to make the changes they want to make. I work with people with anxiety and anxiety disorders, low mood, low self-esteem, low confidence and those living with the effects of traumatic experiences. I also offer comprehensive assessments for those who have yet to fully understand what is happening for them, to help move them on in their lives.
Therapy is about understanding, developing and changing. I am a clinical psychologist with many years experience of working with adults. I assist people to identify what the core issues are, understand how these have arisen, and then develop skills and tools to make the changes they want to make. I work with people with anxiety and anxiety disorders, low mood, low self-esteem, low confidence and those living with the effects of traumatic experiences. I also offer comprehensive assessments for those who have yet to fully understand what is happening for them, to help move them on in their lives.
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Lucy Maxwell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH11
It takes courage to reach out for support. We can find ourselves stuck in unhelpful patterns and longing for change. Maybe you feel lost, stuck, anxious, depressed or have low self-esteem? Our work together will focus on helping you move forward in the ways you wish. I am dedicated to creating a space where you feel seen, heard and valued. Experience has taught me how essential the strength of the therapeutic relationship is in bringing about positive change. I believe it is through an accepting and compassionate connection that we can transform our perspectives and the way we relate to ourselves and others in the world.
It takes courage to reach out for support. We can find ourselves stuck in unhelpful patterns and longing for change. Maybe you feel lost, stuck, anxious, depressed or have low self-esteem? Our work together will focus on helping you move forward in the ways you wish. I am dedicated to creating a space where you feel seen, heard and valued. Experience has taught me how essential the strength of the therapeutic relationship is in bringing about positive change. I believe it is through an accepting and compassionate connection that we can transform our perspectives and the way we relate to ourselves and others in the world.
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Autistically Brilliant
MSc
Edinburgh EH6  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Kirsti Willis - an autistic HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, and a member of BAAT. I offer neurodiversity affirming, specialist counselling/art psychotherapy. As a neurodivergent person you can often feel overwhelmed with anxiety and worry. This can make you feel isolated, and a low in self-esteem, as well as in mood. You may also be traumatised. However, any situation can be changed with the right support. Together we can work, for example, toward you being happier and functioning better at work and/or in relationships. I also offer relationship counselling (where one or more in the relationship are neurodivergent)
Hello, I'm Kirsti Willis - an autistic HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, and a member of BAAT. I offer neurodiversity affirming, specialist counselling/art psychotherapy. As a neurodivergent person you can often feel overwhelmed with anxiety and worry. This can make you feel isolated, and a low in self-esteem, as well as in mood. You may also be traumatised. However, any situation can be changed with the right support. Together we can work, for example, toward you being happier and functioning better at work and/or in relationships. I also offer relationship counselling (where one or more in the relationship are neurodivergent)
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The Life Academy
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBACP
Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Hello, I am Harris and I can help you to heal and flourish. I am an Edinburgh-based Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Philosophical Counsellor, working with individuals and couples both in person (in Edinburgh) or via Skype.I use a pluralistic psychotherapeutic approach, which means I combine tools and knowledge gained from across many different psychotherapies to develop a programme that is uniquely tailored to you and your specific needs.Through a collaborative, creative and integrative approach, I will work with you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of wide range of effective psychotherapies.
Hello, I am Harris and I can help you to heal and flourish. I am an Edinburgh-based Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Philosophical Counsellor, working with individuals and couples both in person (in Edinburgh) or via Skype.I use a pluralistic psychotherapeutic approach, which means I combine tools and knowledge gained from across many different psychotherapies to develop a programme that is uniquely tailored to you and your specific needs.Through a collaborative, creative and integrative approach, I will work with you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of wide range of effective psychotherapies.
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Attachment-based Counsellors

Is attachment-based therapy the same as attachment therapy?

Attachment-based therapy may be confused with what is called “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy”), a discredited and dangerous approach to treating children with attachment disorders, autism, or other mental health concerns. Attachment therapy—not attachment-based therapy—may involve restraining a child, forcing eye contact, and other coercive or abusive techniques. None of these practices are used in attachment-based therapy and the two modalities are in no way related.

What should I expect from attachment-based therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is based on attachment theory, which posits that children’s early relationships with their caregivers strongly influence their ability to navigate the world later in life. Thus, adults who seek attachment-based therapy should expect to deeply explore their childhood, identifying the dynamics or experiences that disrupted their attachment and the steps necessary to overcome challenges that arose as a result. Parents and children should expect to explore the possible factors that disrupted the parent-child relationship and work toward restoring trust and connection.

How long does attachment-based therapy last?

Certain forms of attachment-based therapy, especially those designed for parents and children, last for a set number of sessions; for example, Attachment and Biobehavioural Catch-Up, a specific attachment-based approach for young children who have undergone early adversity, unfolds over 10 one-hour sessions. When attachment-based therapy is practiced on adults or combined with other modalities, it may not last a specific length of time; clients may wish to ask prospective therapists how long they expect treatment to take.

Does attachment-based therapy work?

Most of the research on attachment-based therapy focuses on children and adolescents. Some of this research shows a positive effect, especially for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Other studies, however, have found that attachment-based therapy is no more effective than other approaches to childhood depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Less is known about the therapy’s efficacy on adult populations.