Female Counselling in Edinburgh, SCT

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Stephanie Saunders
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
I am an Edinburgh based Sex and relationship counsellor working full time in private practice with individuals & couples. My practice is based in central Edinburgh however I am currently working online. I specialise in explorative & action based proactive talk therapy aimed at helping you achieve the changes you would like to make in your life & to help you gain clarity & understanding to the life experiences you would like to work with.
I am an Edinburgh based Sex and relationship counsellor working full time in private practice with individuals & couples. My practice is based in central Edinburgh however I am currently working online. I specialise in explorative & action based proactive talk therapy aimed at helping you achieve the changes you would like to make in your life & to help you gain clarity & understanding to the life experiences you would like to work with.
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Sarah Worth
Counsellor, MSc, ACC Reg
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
I don’t know if you have ever had the opportunity to share your story where someone really listens. I mean really listens, wanting to know you, your story, your ups and downs. Where nothing is off limits. Space to speak what maybe you’ve never spoken before. Sitting in the counsellee seat is not always easy and opening up to someone you do not know can be daunting. I know that taking that first step requires courage and I would love to walk with you on your journey.
I don’t know if you have ever had the opportunity to share your story where someone really listens. I mean really listens, wanting to know you, your story, your ups and downs. Where nothing is off limits. Space to speak what maybe you’ve never spoken before. Sitting in the counsellee seat is not always easy and opening up to someone you do not know can be daunting. I know that taking that first step requires courage and I would love to walk with you on your journey.
0131 381 0082 View 0131 381 0082
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Maristela Lima-Napier
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified 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.
07593 342528 View 07593 342528
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Louise McBride
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH7
Whatever your reasons for being here, you are very welcome. I provide a very safe and confidential space to people from ALL walks of life. Whatever difficulties you are experiencing I can help you to gain insight into why they exist and persist. Psychodynamic therapy helps you to bring that which is unconscious into conscious awareness which helps you to understand and resolve internal conflicts that cause suffering. These internal conflicts manifest as, for example, anxiety, depression and self-destructive behaviours, particularly in relationship with others. Psychodynamic therapy is effective in enabling life long change.
Whatever your reasons for being here, you are very welcome. I provide a very safe and confidential space to people from ALL walks of life. Whatever difficulties you are experiencing I can help you to gain insight into why they exist and persist. Psychodynamic therapy helps you to bring that which is unconscious into conscious awareness which helps you to understand and resolve internal conflicts that cause suffering. These internal conflicts manifest as, for example, anxiety, depression and self-destructive behaviours, particularly in relationship with others. Psychodynamic therapy is effective in enabling life long change.
0131 381 0828 View 0131 381 0828
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Jessica J Sweet
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH7  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? Struggling with time management, goal-setting, motivation, relationships, or self-care? I can offer you practical strategies and support to face challenges and achieve your goals. We all have moments when life can feel like too much, whether we're neurotypical or neurodivergent. Let's team up to boost your self-assurance, improve your relationships, reach your goals, and find that sense of fulfillment that you deserve. Together, we'll create a personalised plan that capitalises on your individual strengths and vewpoint. A free 15 min. call will help us decide whether therapy or coaching would suit you.
Feeling overwhelmed or stuck? Struggling with time management, goal-setting, motivation, relationships, or self-care? I can offer you practical strategies and support to face challenges and achieve your goals. We all have moments when life can feel like too much, whether we're neurotypical or neurodivergent. Let's team up to boost your self-assurance, improve your relationships, reach your goals, and find that sense of fulfillment that you deserve. Together, we'll create a personalised plan that capitalises on your individual strengths and vewpoint. A free 15 min. call will help us decide whether therapy or coaching would suit you.
0131 381 5066 View 0131 381 5066
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Mairi Rowan Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH13  (Online Only)
Whatever you are struggling with right now, I know how hard it can be to find someone to talk to. You may still be carrying emotional hurt and pain from past life experiences or finding it hard to cope with more recent life changes or events. Or perhaps you are feeling lost, confused and alone in your life and no longer experiencing true happiness or enjoyment in the things that you do. All of this may be leading to conflict and tension in your close relationships, having a negative impact on your self-confidence and sense of self-worth, and making you feel more irritable, anxious or depressed day to day.
Whatever you are struggling with right now, I know how hard it can be to find someone to talk to. You may still be carrying emotional hurt and pain from past life experiences or finding it hard to cope with more recent life changes or events. Or perhaps you are feeling lost, confused and alone in your life and no longer experiencing true happiness or enjoyment in the things that you do. All of this may be leading to conflict and tension in your close relationships, having a negative impact on your self-confidence and sense of self-worth, and making you feel more irritable, anxious or depressed day to day.
01934 311531 View 01934 311531
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Ellie Pickett
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Not accepting new clients
Hello, if you've stumbled on this message, I can only imagine that you're going through a really difficult time. Perhaps you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed or just not quite like yourself and find it hard to imagine a way forward. I understand that it can be challenging to break free from patterns of negative thinking and behaviour, and that's where cognitive behavioural therapy can be incredibly helpful. Sometimes we may get stuck in these patterns, and it can feel like we're tangled up in knots that we can't seem to untie.
Hello, if you've stumbled on this message, I can only imagine that you're going through a really difficult time. Perhaps you're feeling stuck, overwhelmed or just not quite like yourself and find it hard to imagine a way forward. I understand that it can be challenging to break free from patterns of negative thinking and behaviour, and that's where cognitive behavioural therapy can be incredibly helpful. Sometimes we may get stuck in these patterns, and it can feel like we're tangled up in knots that we can't seem to untie.
0131 381 4548 View 0131 381 4548
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Yvonni Gkergkes
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome! I'm a Pluralistic/Integrative counsellor passionate about supporting people to cope, overcome their difficulties and improve their wellbeing. Do you sometimes feel unheard, misunderstood, or overwhelmed? Do you ruminate about the past or struggle to communicate your wants and needs? Do you want to understand and process your emotions to enjoy life more? In my practice, I strive to create a space where insight, solutions, and growth, can be cultivated. One thing I hear from my clients often is their regret for not starting counselling sooner. For more about how I work, please visit my website.
Hello and welcome! I'm a Pluralistic/Integrative counsellor passionate about supporting people to cope, overcome their difficulties and improve their wellbeing. Do you sometimes feel unheard, misunderstood, or overwhelmed? Do you ruminate about the past or struggle to communicate your wants and needs? Do you want to understand and process your emotions to enjoy life more? In my practice, I strive to create a space where insight, solutions, and growth, can be cultivated. One thing I hear from my clients often is their regret for not starting counselling sooner. For more about how I work, please visit my website.
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Ruth Burnett
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH6
Children and teenagers can benefit from counselling therapies, and studies show that these are hugely effective, both in the short and long term. For older kids and teens, talking therapy can provide a unique space to safely explore what's going on to make them sad, angry, or anxious. For younger children, using play and art, as well as talking therapy, can help them begin to piece together things that might be difficult for them. Life doesn't always go according to plan, and sometimes things happen that no one is prepared for - an accident, a traumatic experience, a situation no one could have foreseen happening.
Children and teenagers can benefit from counselling therapies, and studies show that these are hugely effective, both in the short and long term. For older kids and teens, talking therapy can provide a unique space to safely explore what's going on to make them sad, angry, or anxious. For younger children, using play and art, as well as talking therapy, can help them begin to piece together things that might be difficult for them. Life doesn't always go according to plan, and sometimes things happen that no one is prepared for - an accident, a traumatic experience, a situation no one could have foreseen happening.
0131 510 3790 View 0131 510 3790
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Melanie Peele
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH14  (Online Only)
While there is so much joy in getting to know ourselves deeply and authentically, living as a queer and/or transgender person in this world is not always easy. I specialise in gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. I work with adults and older adolescents who are LGBTQIA+/gender non-conforming, or questioning their identities. I also specialise in trauma recovery, treating healthcare professionals, and working with English speaking immigrants. I work from multiple affirming perspectives, including Health at Every Size, neurodiversity affirming, disability affirming, and fat-positive perspectives.
While there is so much joy in getting to know ourselves deeply and authentically, living as a queer and/or transgender person in this world is not always easy. I specialise in gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. I work with adults and older adolescents who are LGBTQIA+/gender non-conforming, or questioning their identities. I also specialise in trauma recovery, treating healthcare professionals, and working with English speaking immigrants. I work from multiple affirming perspectives, including Health at Every Size, neurodiversity affirming, disability affirming, and fat-positive perspectives.
0131 381 4596 View 0131 381 4596
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Ruth Lynch
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
I'm Ruth, a CBT and REBT therapist helping clients UK wide, online, or face to face in my therapy room in Edinburgh. I integrate a variety of alternative therapies such as compassion focused therapy, acceptance and Commitment and CT Therapy, tailoring to each individual's personal problems and situations. My approach is a collaborative journey, introducing cognitive tools to help manage your unhealthy negative emotions and thoughts. For those who prefer simply talking, I am an experienced counsellor and life coach.
I'm Ruth, a CBT and REBT therapist helping clients UK wide, online, or face to face in my therapy room in Edinburgh. I integrate a variety of alternative therapies such as compassion focused therapy, acceptance and Commitment and CT Therapy, tailoring to each individual's personal problems and situations. My approach is a collaborative journey, introducing cognitive tools to help manage your unhealthy negative emotions and thoughts. For those who prefer simply talking, I am an experienced counsellor and life coach.
020 3835 5615 View 020 3835 5615
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Mary Carew-Stirrat
Psychotherapist, PsychD, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Relationship and sex therapist with particular interest in intimacy and communication with a view towards self development and awareness. I have 30 years experience using psychodynamic approach. Providing a respectful confidential therapeutic environment.
Relationship and sex therapist with particular interest in intimacy and communication with a view towards self development and awareness. I have 30 years experience using psychodynamic approach. Providing a respectful confidential therapeutic environment.
0131 378 1284 View 0131 378 1284
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SMT Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
I am a Pluralistic counsellor with 25 years of experience working with adults, children & young people in a variety of settings.  Counselling will help you identify and move past the obstacles that may have been keeping you back in your life and to identify your personal values and strengths. It will empower you to see your life through a different lens, to gain new perspectives and achieve the outcomes you’re striving for. Anxiety, depression, stress, negative thinking patterns... can affect parts of your life and your ability to handle your situation. Are you ready to explore the possibilities for a happier and healthier life?
I am a Pluralistic counsellor with 25 years of experience working with adults, children & young people in a variety of settings.  Counselling will help you identify and move past the obstacles that may have been keeping you back in your life and to identify your personal values and strengths. It will empower you to see your life through a different lens, to gain new perspectives and achieve the outcomes you’re striving for. Anxiety, depression, stress, negative thinking patterns... can affect parts of your life and your ability to handle your situation. Are you ready to explore the possibilities for a happier and healthier life?
0131 381 8059 View 0131 381 8059
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Courtney Amesbury-Cooke
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
Saturday appointments available. You might be struggling with how you feel about yourself, or having challenges in your close relationships. This could present as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, problems with alcohol/drugs or food, or other challenging behaviours. You might want to explore why this is happening and learn more about yourself. You might want to find coping strategies or set yourself goals to achieve during therapy. Whatever it is that you want, it's my role to help you get there. Whilst I will deepen your self-understanding, I won't push you to discuss things you don't want to - it's your space.
Saturday appointments available. You might be struggling with how you feel about yourself, or having challenges in your close relationships. This could present as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, problems with alcohol/drugs or food, or other challenging behaviours. You might want to explore why this is happening and learn more about yourself. You might want to find coping strategies or set yourself goals to achieve during therapy. Whatever it is that you want, it's my role to help you get there. Whilst I will deepen your self-understanding, I won't push you to discuss things you don't want to - it's your space.
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Dr Anna Bak-Klimek
Counsellor, PhD
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12  (Online Only)
Thank you for reading my profile. I am a qualified Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist and Chartered Psychologist currently involved in part-time teaching and research in Higher Education. I have experience in delivering cognitive-behavioural therapist under supervision for vulnerable population groups e.g. disabled students and migrants/refugees. I regularly undertake additional training to strengthen and update my knowledge and skills in the field (e.g. Adapting CBT to Neurodiverse Individuals). I'm working towards BABCP accreditation and Im committed to volunteering as a CBT therapist (2 hours per week) under supervision.
Thank you for reading my profile. I am a qualified Cognitive-Behavioural Therapist and Chartered Psychologist currently involved in part-time teaching and research in Higher Education. I have experience in delivering cognitive-behavioural therapist under supervision for vulnerable population groups e.g. disabled students and migrants/refugees. I regularly undertake additional training to strengthen and update my knowledge and skills in the field (e.g. Adapting CBT to Neurodiverse Individuals). I'm working towards BABCP accreditation and Im committed to volunteering as a CBT therapist (2 hours per week) under supervision.
0131 381 2496 View 0131 381 2496
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Shirley Thompson
Counsellor, PMCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH7
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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Rosie McLeod
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
Accepting that we're finding things difficult is often the hardest part. Throughout every stage of life we can experience times when things don’t feel right and we struggle with our relationships, or to make sense of our thoughts, feelings and world around us. This can lead to us feeling anxious, overwhelmed and struggling to communicate.
Accepting that we're finding things difficult is often the hardest part. Throughout every stage of life we can experience times when things don’t feel right and we struggle with our relationships, or to make sense of our thoughts, feelings and world around us. This can lead to us feeling anxious, overwhelmed and struggling to communicate.
0131 378 8379 View 0131 378 8379
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Lucy Hodgson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified 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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Maggie C - Treats Trauma, Anxiety & Menopause.
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Hello, and welcome to my profile! My name is Maggie and I am trained in a number of different therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I am also a registered Psychiatric and Adult nurse with over 16 years practice experience. Having the right fit with your therapist can be seen as the most important element in healing from your difficulties. I offer a safe, non - judgmental and confidential space that will provide both compassion and support with whatever has brought you to therapy.
Hello, and welcome to my profile! My name is Maggie and I am trained in a number of different therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). I am also a registered Psychiatric and Adult nurse with over 16 years practice experience. Having the right fit with your therapist can be seen as the most important element in healing from your difficulties. I offer a safe, non - judgmental and confidential space that will provide both compassion and support with whatever has brought you to therapy.
0131 381 2220 View 0131 381 2220
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Ailie Scott Dickins
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH4
Hi, I'm Ailie, a qualified counsellor offering in person and online psychotherapy for those who feel that they could benefit from additional support. I'll work alongside you to further your self understanding, identify unhelpful patterns which are no longer serving you and offer you tools to gain more self-acceptance and self-compassion. Life can be challenging and having a counsellor to connect with is a powerful way to support the changes you want to make.
Hi, I'm Ailie, a qualified counsellor offering in person and online psychotherapy for those who feel that they could benefit from additional support. I'll work alongside you to further your self understanding, identify unhelpful patterns which are no longer serving you and offer you tools to gain more self-acceptance and self-compassion. Life can be challenging and having a counsellor to connect with is a powerful way to support the changes you want to make.
0131 381 4798 View 0131 381 4798

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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.