Chronic Illness Counselling in Edinburgh

Photo of Christiane Kelegher, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Christiane Kelegher
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified 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.
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Dr Louise Roper
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
I can help by supporting clients to manage chronic illness and the changes that go with chronic illness (E.
I am a Principal Health Psychologist (part time) in the NHS who supports people with chronic illness, including Long Covid. I also support people with issues with their sleep, people with chronic fatigue & those with pain. I would like to help you get back to the life you want to live and support you to live well despite what is going on for you at this point in time. I also work with health professionals who are experiencing burnout or other difficult issues either at work or in their home life.
I can help by supporting clients to manage chronic illness and the changes that go with chronic illness (E.
I am a Principal Health Psychologist (part time) in the NHS who supports people with chronic illness, including Long Covid. I also support people with issues with their sleep, people with chronic fatigue & those with pain. I would like to help you get back to the life you want to live and support you to live well despite what is going on for you at this point in time. I also work with health professionals who are experiencing burnout or other difficult issues either at work or in their home life.
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Christine Galey
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
I am a psychodynamic counsellor, also trained in the person centred approach (University of Edinburgh), and ethically focussed. I work with individuals, and have a wide client base but specialise in work with young adults (16-25), parents, and those in life transition. I am a trauma informed practitioner with experience in a wide range of areas including: relationships, loss and bereavement, pregnancy, parenthood, stress, anxiety, depression, self harm, chronic illness, ADD and ADHD, work and life changes. I can offer some concessionary rates to those on low income. I work face to face, and online in short and long term contexts.
I am a psychodynamic counsellor, also trained in the person centred approach (University of Edinburgh), and ethically focussed. I work with individuals, and have a wide client base but specialise in work with young adults (16-25), parents, and those in life transition. I am a trauma informed practitioner with experience in a wide range of areas including: relationships, loss and bereavement, pregnancy, parenthood, stress, anxiety, depression, self harm, chronic illness, ADD and ADHD, work and life changes. I can offer some concessionary rates to those on low income. I work face to face, and online in short and long term contexts.
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Maggi Scott
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
From my own life experience & personal development trainings and counselling career, I have a deep compassion and understanding that underpins my work as a therapist supporting people experiencing emotional suffering and difficult circumstances.I have supported clients with many different issues and situations and can offer a wide range of helpful things such as teaching breathwork and visualisations for practising outside sessions. i have extensive experience working with clients experiencing struggles with bereavement, chronic illness, depression, anxiety and trauma.
From my own life experience & personal development trainings and counselling career, I have a deep compassion and understanding that underpins my work as a therapist supporting people experiencing emotional suffering and difficult circumstances.I have supported clients with many different issues and situations and can offer a wide range of helpful things such as teaching breathwork and visualisations for practising outside sessions. i have extensive experience working with clients experiencing struggles with bereavement, chronic illness, depression, anxiety and trauma.
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Photo of Zoe Chouliara, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Zoe Chouliara
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH7
‘You are not just a catalogue of adversities that you are faced with in life. You are not just the ‘damage’ that you have been told you suffered from. You are not even the pathology or the series of labels and diagnoses that have been given to you. You are a creature of immeasurable strength with the innate ability to grow and trust again and keep trusting and even learning to trust for a first time. You are hard wired and geared to connect with other and through that connection to protect your mental health and recover. You are a Growing Truster.’ Prof. Dr Zoë Chouliara Formerly Professor in Mental Health, Consultant Psychologist
‘You are not just a catalogue of adversities that you are faced with in life. You are not just the ‘damage’ that you have been told you suffered from. You are not even the pathology or the series of labels and diagnoses that have been given to you. You are a creature of immeasurable strength with the innate ability to grow and trust again and keep trusting and even learning to trust for a first time. You are hard wired and geared to connect with other and through that connection to protect your mental health and recover. You are a Growing Truster.’ Prof. Dr Zoë Chouliara Formerly Professor in Mental Health, Consultant Psychologist
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Photo of Iris Bosnic, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Iris Bosnic
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Managing daily commitments and juggling mental and physical health, while trying to enjoy life on top of that, is a lot at the best of times. Especially then when issues arise, living the life you want can feel near impossible. These periods in life are too often related to more “obvious” things such as life events and illness. However, they can also be about more “subtle”, yet very real and common experiences such as sadness and discomfort of where you are in life, how you feel about yourself, and unresolved past issues. Whatever the challenges, I believe that a safe and non-judgemental therapy space may help you navigate them.
Managing daily commitments and juggling mental and physical health, while trying to enjoy life on top of that, is a lot at the best of times. Especially then when issues arise, living the life you want can feel near impossible. These periods in life are too often related to more “obvious” things such as life events and illness. However, they can also be about more “subtle”, yet very real and common experiences such as sadness and discomfort of where you are in life, how you feel about yourself, and unresolved past issues. Whatever the challenges, I believe that a safe and non-judgemental therapy space may help you navigate them.
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Photo of Noam Simon, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Noam Simon
Psychotherapist, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
So often our difficulties make us feel stuck, bound in place. Sometimes we can see we are caught in a loop, but don't know how to get free. Or we know what to do, but just can't seem to do it. And sometimes we don't even know what is making us feel stuck and where to start. Problems with our health, mood, traumatic experiences, changes to our life circumstances such as our employment or living arrangement, relationships, achievements, habits- any of these can make us feel stuck. Even good things such as weddings or promotions can be a stressor that gets us feeling this way.
So often our difficulties make us feel stuck, bound in place. Sometimes we can see we are caught in a loop, but don't know how to get free. Or we know what to do, but just can't seem to do it. And sometimes we don't even know what is making us feel stuck and where to start. Problems with our health, mood, traumatic experiences, changes to our life circumstances such as our employment or living arrangement, relationships, achievements, habits- any of these can make us feel stuck. Even good things such as weddings or promotions can be a stressor that gets us feeling this way.
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Photo of Dr Bethany Brown, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Bethany Brown
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I am passionate about forming strong therapeutic relationships with my clients to enable us to work in collaboration towards their personal goals. I have worked in psychology services since 2008 and as a Clinical Psychologist in highly specialist teams within the NHS since 2015. I have specialist experience in working with people living with physical health conditions, as well as working with people who are dealing with challenging life stressors. I am experienced in drawing upon a number of evidenced based approaches and tailoring therapy to my clients and their individual needs, goals and values.
I am passionate about forming strong therapeutic relationships with my clients to enable us to work in collaboration towards their personal goals. I have worked in psychology services since 2008 and as a Clinical Psychologist in highly specialist teams within the NHS since 2015. I have specialist experience in working with people living with physical health conditions, as well as working with people who are dealing with challenging life stressors. I am experienced in drawing upon a number of evidenced based approaches and tailoring therapy to my clients and their individual needs, goals and values.
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Photo of Lisa Maclachlan, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Lisa Maclachlan
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
Seeking support through counselling can be a difficult first step on a journey to better mental health, but the process can be truly life-changing. My aim is to create a safe, non judgemental, compassionate space in which to explore your problems, enabling you to gain a better understanding of your difficulties. I believe it is important to look at the roof of your issues to try and gain the necessary insight to help change your mindset or any patterns of behaviour that are troubling you.
Seeking support through counselling can be a difficult first step on a journey to better mental health, but the process can be truly life-changing. My aim is to create a safe, non judgemental, compassionate space in which to explore your problems, enabling you to gain a better understanding of your difficulties. I believe it is important to look at the roof of your issues to try and gain the necessary insight to help change your mindset or any patterns of behaviour that are troubling you.
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Photo of Dr Kim Kemp, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Kim Kemp
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Living with a visible or invisible long term illness can impact on your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and affect your relationships, wellbeing and ability to function. I’m comfortable having difficult conversations about health and medical conditions, treatments, symptoms and the effect they have on your mental wellbeing. Psychological support can help you manage these challenges and get on with living a good life. Psychological support can also be helpful when you are receiving medical care or surgery. Collaborating with me before and after you have medical treatment or surgery can maximise your coping strategies and recovery.
Living with a visible or invisible long term illness can impact on your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and affect your relationships, wellbeing and ability to function. I’m comfortable having difficult conversations about health and medical conditions, treatments, symptoms and the effect they have on your mental wellbeing. Psychological support can help you manage these challenges and get on with living a good life. Psychological support can also be helpful when you are receiving medical care or surgery. Collaborating with me before and after you have medical treatment or surgery can maximise your coping strategies and recovery.
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Photo of Hazel Stevenson, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Hazel Stevenson
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified 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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Soul Safe Therapy
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
My name is Margi and I am a Person Centred Counsellor based in central Edinburgh. I provide a safe, non-judgemental private space for you to feel comfortable to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through respect and trust, together we can explore your life situation and establish your desired goals towards a brighter future. I understand that committing to therapy takes courage. By seeking counselling you have already taken the first step towards change. My role is to help guide you and support you through those times that you may struggle to see the way ahead. My style is relaxed, warm and gentle.
My name is Margi and I am a Person Centred Counsellor based in central Edinburgh. I provide a safe, non-judgemental private space for you to feel comfortable to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Through respect and trust, together we can explore your life situation and establish your desired goals towards a brighter future. I understand that committing to therapy takes courage. By seeking counselling you have already taken the first step towards change. My role is to help guide you and support you through those times that you may struggle to see the way ahead. My style is relaxed, warm and gentle.
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Photo of Toni Kearton, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Toni Kearton
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH15
Hello. I'm Toni, a person-centred counsellor, working one-to-one with adults, in person near Grantown on Spey (both indoors and outside "walk and talk" sessions), and online and by phone from anywhere in the UK. I work with the person, not "the problem" - I'm interested in you, your experience, and what brings you here. Perhaps you’re suffering from past trauma, facing major life changes, or feeling down, depressed or anxious - or perhaps you simply want to understand yourself better. There’s no “right” or “wrong” reason to come to counselling, and you don’t have to be in crisis to do so.
Hello. I'm Toni, a person-centred counsellor, working one-to-one with adults, in person near Grantown on Spey (both indoors and outside "walk and talk" sessions), and online and by phone from anywhere in the UK. I work with the person, not "the problem" - I'm interested in you, your experience, and what brings you here. Perhaps you’re suffering from past trauma, facing major life changes, or feeling down, depressed or anxious - or perhaps you simply want to understand yourself better. There’s no “right” or “wrong” reason to come to counselling, and you don’t have to be in crisis to do so.
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Photo of Megan Bowes, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Megan Bowes
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
I am a Senior Health Psychologist specialising in Trauma, phobias and Chronic conditions. Together, we can work through any difficulties holding you back from living the life you'd like to lead. If you are struggling, either mentally or physically, please get in touch for a free consultation.
I am a Senior Health Psychologist specialising in Trauma, phobias and Chronic conditions. Together, we can work through any difficulties holding you back from living the life you'd like to lead. If you are struggling, either mentally or physically, please get in touch for a free consultation.
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Photo of Dr Lindsey Jane Burns - Women's Health Neurodivergent Specialist, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Lindsey Jane Burns - Women's Health Neurodivergent Specialist
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH14  (Online Only)
Are you experiencing difficulties due to e.g. ADHD, or women’s health issues? As a Health Psychologist I work with individuals to support behaviour change and well-being in both personal and work lives. This includes issues relating to women’s health (e.g. menopause), neurodiversity in the workplace, the management of chronic health conditions, weight management, stress management and sleep. My background gives me a thorough understanding of the business environment and its potential issues. I use a cognitive behavioural, solutions focused approach and can help you identify clear goals and make positive changes in your life.
Are you experiencing difficulties due to e.g. ADHD, or women’s health issues? As a Health Psychologist I work with individuals to support behaviour change and well-being in both personal and work lives. This includes issues relating to women’s health (e.g. menopause), neurodiversity in the workplace, the management of chronic health conditions, weight management, stress management and sleep. My background gives me a thorough understanding of the business environment and its potential issues. I use a cognitive behavioural, solutions focused approach and can help you identify clear goals and make positive changes in your life.
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Photo of Amy Caffrey, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Amy Caffrey
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Are you looking for some support but not sure where to turn? I believe talking is a really powerful thing. I am really passionate about empowering you to become your own therapist by helping you find coping strategies that work for you and you can use in any situation life brings. Talking to a therapist can be quite daunting. However, I truly believe talking through a problem can really help. I can help you to identify and understand issues you are struggling with and together we can come up with a plan on how to help you overcome these.
Are you looking for some support but not sure where to turn? I believe talking is a really powerful thing. I am really passionate about empowering you to become your own therapist by helping you find coping strategies that work for you and you can use in any situation life brings. Talking to a therapist can be quite daunting. However, I truly believe talking through a problem can really help. I can help you to identify and understand issues you are struggling with and together we can come up with a plan on how to help you overcome these.
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Photo of Colette O'Connor, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Colette O'Connor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8  (Online Only)
From childhood we are given messages about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to feel, think and behave – messages that can teach us that we must hide or supress aspects of our authentic selves in order to be acceptable to others. If you’re an LGBTQ+ person, your sexuality and gender might completely unrelated to what has brought you to counselling, but you still want to know that your therapist will affirm these parts of you. In my online therapy room, you are invited to be your whole uncensored self in the company of somebody who values you unconditionally and really listens. I am a queer therapist with trauma informed training.
From childhood we are given messages about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to feel, think and behave – messages that can teach us that we must hide or supress aspects of our authentic selves in order to be acceptable to others. If you’re an LGBTQ+ person, your sexuality and gender might completely unrelated to what has brought you to counselling, but you still want to know that your therapist will affirm these parts of you. In my online therapy room, you are invited to be your whole uncensored self in the company of somebody who values you unconditionally and really listens. I am a queer therapist with trauma informed training.
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Photo of Agnes Ulmer, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Agnes Ulmer
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH14  (Online Only)
Do you feel lonely, misunderstood or not heard? Do you have difficulties in your relationship ? Are you struggling with change? Has anxiety been causing you problems in your daily life? I can offer a safe, confidential space where you can explore your feelings and thoughts about your relational or personal issues.
Do you feel lonely, misunderstood or not heard? Do you have difficulties in your relationship ? Are you struggling with change? Has anxiety been causing you problems in your daily life? I can offer a safe, confidential space where you can explore your feelings and thoughts about your relational or personal issues.
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Photo of Marian Willoner, Counsellor in Edinburgh, Scotland
Marian Willoner
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH15
Are you finding it all too much? Stressed out? Not sure which direction to take? Or maybe you are struggling with isolation or lack of confidence in social situations? Maybe you are dealing with being neuro-diverse (ADHD or autism) in a neuro-typical world? Perhaps you want to be more your authentic self or make a transition in your life? Are you trying to cope with a difficult situation such as grief, loss, illness, caring or a break up? In all these situations I can listen to you, support you and help you to find ways forward.
Are you finding it all too much? Stressed out? Not sure which direction to take? Or maybe you are struggling with isolation or lack of confidence in social situations? Maybe you are dealing with being neuro-diverse (ADHD or autism) in a neuro-typical world? Perhaps you want to be more your authentic self or make a transition in your life? Are you trying to cope with a difficult situation such as grief, loss, illness, caring or a break up? In all these situations I can listen to you, support you and help you to find ways forward.
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Photo of Isabel Crozier, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Isabel Crozier
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I have always been profoundly curious about others and aim to foster that curiosity in my clients. I am interested in the ways that our families, culture and environment shape us and in the ways in which people create meaning in their lives. I have found again and again that psychotherapy can help people understand themselves more deeply and bring about changes which lead to more fulfilled and interesting ways of living, as well as to an improved understanding of themselves in relationship with others. I am able to work on both a short and long term basis, with a preference for longer term work.
I have always been profoundly curious about others and aim to foster that curiosity in my clients. I am interested in the ways that our families, culture and environment shape us and in the ways in which people create meaning in their lives. I have found again and again that psychotherapy can help people understand themselves more deeply and bring about changes which lead to more fulfilled and interesting ways of living, as well as to an improved understanding of themselves in relationship with others. I am able to work on both a short and long term basis, with a preference for longer term work.
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Chronic Illness Counsellors

How does therapy for chronic illness work?

Many people living with a chronic illness may feel they cannot speak honestly about their experience out of embarrassment or fear of being a burden, or because those close to them do not understand, for example, that they may “look good” even if they do not feel good. Therapy sessions are an opportunity to speak openly with someone who knows their symptoms are not in their head and who can offer practical, proven suggestions for managing feelings of grief, shame, or fatigue, such as techniques to challenge unhelpful thoughts about symptoms and develop new ways to respond to them, such as distraction or calming breathing practices.

Can therapy help with physical symptoms of chronic illness?

Yes, especially if an individual with chronic illness has developed depression. People with depression are less likely to maintain their health treatment regimens or to take positive steps to manage physical symptoms when they arise, thereby potentially complicating their medical prognosis. Treatment of depression, through talk therapy, medication, or both, will often improve one’s physical state as it eases the emotional burden of illness.

What are the most effective treatment options for chronic illness?

No one living with a chronic illness, or their loved ones, should see depression as an unavoidable result of their condition. Instead, they should actively seek treatment. Research shows that people with depression are less likely to devote the required time and effort to maintaining or monitoring their health, and so therapy to limit the risk of depression can be vital for physical health as well. Therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction have been found to help individuals reduce stress and anxiety.

How long does therapy for chronic illness take?

There is no set timeline for therapy for people living with chronic illnesses, but many will see a therapist for a number of weeks or months, typically spanning at least 12 weekly sessions. Some people feel that they experience progress faster than others but even some who quickly feel improvement may continue with sessions for months or years. Some people may benefit from maintenance therapy if their symptoms change or they experience a decline in physical health. Others find that the skills learned in short-term therapy can be used on an ongoing basis, even after therapy has concluded.