Parenting Counselling in Edinburgh

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Dr Catriona Jack
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
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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Emma Rhodes
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
Are you struggling to know how to support your child? Are you concerned about your teenager's emotional wellbeing? Are you looking for your own support to allow you to be the parent you want to be? It is normal for your child to experience ups and downs as they grow, but sometimes they need some extra help to get them back on track. As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to know how best to help. You may be seeking some advice or support for your own mental health. I provide a calm, nurturing and compassionate space to allow us together to explore, understand and manage the difficulties you or your child are facing.
Are you struggling to know how to support your child? Are you concerned about your teenager's emotional wellbeing? Are you looking for your own support to allow you to be the parent you want to be? It is normal for your child to experience ups and downs as they grow, but sometimes they need some extra help to get them back on track. As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to know how best to help. You may be seeking some advice or support for your own mental health. I provide a calm, nurturing and compassionate space to allow us together to explore, understand and manage the difficulties you or your child are facing.
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Dr Tej .
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
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 Craig Dunn
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
School Counselling Packages Available including child, parent and teacher sessions.
Hello and thank you for looking into my profile. It can be challenging finding the right therapist amidst a sea of warm faces and shiny profiles full of experience. However, I firmly believe that like any relationship, the therapeutic one needs to feel like a 'good fit' too. This outlook forms the ethos of my therapy practice as a counselling psychologist where I work in collaboration with a client to bring change through the healing properties of a relationship. It is my belief that a supportive, accepting relationship allows for deeper self exploration and long-lasting change.
School Counselling Packages Available including child, parent and teacher sessions.
Hello and thank you for looking into my profile. It can be challenging finding the right therapist amidst a sea of warm faces and shiny profiles full of experience. However, I firmly believe that like any relationship, the therapeutic one needs to feel like a 'good fit' too. This outlook forms the ethos of my therapy practice as a counselling psychologist where I work in collaboration with a client to bring change through the healing properties of a relationship. It is my belief that a supportive, accepting relationship allows for deeper self exploration and long-lasting change.
0141 673 0100 View 0141 673 0100
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Becca Mather
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
The early years of motherhood can be difficult to navigate. Are you finding yourself in the thick of it and have little time to process your feelings? Are the constant demands of mum life & putting yourself last leaving you overwhelmed? Do you ever question if you’re ‘doing it right’ and mum guilt is getting to you? Or are you pregnant and feeling like you ‘should’ be enjoying it but you’re just not? I want you to know that everyone’s parenting journey is unique and it’s ok to have mixed feelings about your experience. As a mum myself, I have been where you are and I want you to know your feelings are valid & you deserve to be heard
The early years of motherhood can be difficult to navigate. Are you finding yourself in the thick of it and have little time to process your feelings? Are the constant demands of mum life & putting yourself last leaving you overwhelmed? Do you ever question if you’re ‘doing it right’ and mum guilt is getting to you? Or are you pregnant and feeling like you ‘should’ be enjoying it but you’re just not? I want you to know that everyone’s parenting journey is unique and it’s ok to have mixed feelings about your experience. As a mum myself, I have been where you are and I want you to know your feelings are valid & you deserve to be heard
01909 491022 View 01909 491022
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Rachel Gray Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Hello, my name is Rachel Gray, and I would be delighted to offer you therapeutic support. I offer both short and long term therapy for adults, young people, and children in central Edinburgh. It can feel daunting when you make the decision to find a counsellor; to acknowledge, even just to yourself, that you may need some support to work through a current or historical difficulty. Having 4 teenagers myself, I understand as a parent how hard it can be navigating the difficulties children and teenagers face. With younger people, I tend to work more creatively as talking therapy can be quite scary on its own for younger clients.
Hello, my name is Rachel Gray, and I would be delighted to offer you therapeutic support. I offer both short and long term therapy for adults, young people, and children in central Edinburgh. It can feel daunting when you make the decision to find a counsellor; to acknowledge, even just to yourself, that you may need some support to work through a current or historical difficulty. Having 4 teenagers myself, I understand as a parent how hard it can be navigating the difficulties children and teenagers face. With younger people, I tend to work more creatively as talking therapy can be quite scary on its own for younger clients.
0131 381 0870 View 0131 381 0870
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Ruth Burnett
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH6
I usually begin with an online face-to-face consultation for me and parent(s) to talk about what's been going on, and what the hopes and aims of the whole family are.
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.
I usually begin with an online face-to-face consultation for me and parent(s) to talk about what's been going on, and what the hopes and aims of the whole family are.
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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Greg Barton
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
I work with teenagers and adults with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, loss, relationship challenges or abuse, complicated parent & child relationships adolescent boys struggling to find their identity and place in society.
​"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ​ - Viktor Frankl Find out more about how I may be able to help you by visiting my website www.counsellingcoachingtherapy.com & www.snowlinetreks.com
I work with teenagers and adults with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, loss, relationship challenges or abuse, complicated parent & child relationships adolescent boys struggling to find their identity and place in society.
​"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." ​ - Viktor Frankl Find out more about how I may be able to help you by visiting my website www.counsellingcoachingtherapy.com & www.snowlinetreks.com
0131 357 3826 View 0131 357 3826
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Juulia Karlstedt
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH2
I'm an adult third-culture kid, recovering perfectionist, and adult child of a narcissistic parent.
Anxiety, perfectionism, and self-criticism; this triple combo of hurt can stop us from going after the things we really want in life. We can find ourselves trying to distract ourselves from the uncomfortable fear of failing, opting out of things we want to do out of fear, and getting caught up in thoughts about 'what ifs' and 'maybe' until we feel frozen. Or we might push ourselves to the point of burning out seeking the validation we only find when we achieve something driven by a fear of the day we are not good enough. If your sense of self-worth has become tied to 'doing' rather than simply existing, I may be able to help.
I'm an adult third-culture kid, recovering perfectionist, and adult child of a narcissistic parent.
Anxiety, perfectionism, and self-criticism; this triple combo of hurt can stop us from going after the things we really want in life. We can find ourselves trying to distract ourselves from the uncomfortable fear of failing, opting out of things we want to do out of fear, and getting caught up in thoughts about 'what ifs' and 'maybe' until we feel frozen. Or we might push ourselves to the point of burning out seeking the validation we only find when we achieve something driven by a fear of the day we are not good enough. If your sense of self-worth has become tied to 'doing' rather than simply existing, I may be able to help.
0131 322 1443 View 0131 322 1443
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Marie Finlay
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH13
Are you a parent concerned about your child's happiness, anxiety, well-being or behaviour? I’m here to help. With over 30 years of experience working with children, including as a CBT therapist, I specialise in empowering young individuals to conquer anxiety and take control of their lives. Behaviours like anger often mask underlying feelings and needs. Anger might conceal feelings of frustration, hurt, or fear. In many cases, these behaviours serve as a defence mechanism to cope with internal struggles such as stress, insecurity, or unresolved emotions.
Are you a parent concerned about your child's happiness, anxiety, well-being or behaviour? I’m here to help. With over 30 years of experience working with children, including as a CBT therapist, I specialise in empowering young individuals to conquer anxiety and take control of their lives. Behaviours like anger often mask underlying feelings and needs. Anger might conceal feelings of frustration, hurt, or fear. In many cases, these behaviours serve as a defence mechanism to cope with internal struggles such as stress, insecurity, or unresolved emotions.
01578 517323 View 01578 517323
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Linda Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I support issues such as anxiety, addictions, self-harming and Trauma, Depression, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Conflicts, gender and sexuality, and Self-Esteem….
Sometimes we experience changes or traumas that leave us struggling with the pressures of life, relationships, work, or studies. This can affect our self-esteem, our sense of identity, and our ability to cope. This can become overwhelming and may lead us to unhelpful or harmful thoughts and behaviours. With help, we can overcome our difficulties and learn to manage our emotions more effectively. With compassion, empathy, respect, and a safe space, we feel heard, considered, and valued. By understanding our thoughts and behaviours we can feel empowered to make positive changes that can lead us to fuller and more enjoyable lives.
I support issues such as anxiety, addictions, self-harming and Trauma, Depression, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Conflicts, gender and sexuality, and Self-Esteem….
Sometimes we experience changes or traumas that leave us struggling with the pressures of life, relationships, work, or studies. This can affect our self-esteem, our sense of identity, and our ability to cope. This can become overwhelming and may lead us to unhelpful or harmful thoughts and behaviours. With help, we can overcome our difficulties and learn to manage our emotions more effectively. With compassion, empathy, respect, and a safe space, we feel heard, considered, and valued. By understanding our thoughts and behaviours we can feel empowered to make positive changes that can lead us to fuller and more enjoyable lives.
0141 673 0253 View 0141 673 0253
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Athina Patsoule
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I also offer counselling to parents who need to develop a more positive way of parenting and strengthen the connection with their children and to couples who experience difficulties in their relationship.
I am a qualified psychotherapist (ECP), registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) with extensive experience in individual, couples and family psychotherapy and parenting counselling, in the United Kingdom and in Greece. I offer online sessions in Greek, French and English.
I also offer counselling to parents who need to develop a more positive way of parenting and strengthen the connection with their children and to couples who experience difficulties in their relationship.
I am a qualified psychotherapist (ECP), registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) with extensive experience in individual, couples and family psychotherapy and parenting counselling, in the United Kingdom and in Greece. I offer online sessions in Greek, French and English.
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Dr Melody Smith
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
When your child's behaviour is challenging, being a parent can feel incredibly isolating and challenging.
Does your child challenge you? Not in the ways that others might think... Somehow their behaviour is just... different! But in ways that only you understand. Perhaps your child runs away, doesn't listen, spits, shouts, smears or has frequent "meltdowns". Or perhaps you suspect your child has a condition like Autism or ADHD- maybe they were recently diagnosed. No matter what is underlying your child's challenging behaviour, as parent myself, I want to help you reduce the behaviours so that your child can achieve their full potential!
When your child's behaviour is challenging, being a parent can feel incredibly isolating and challenging.
Does your child challenge you? Not in the ways that others might think... Somehow their behaviour is just... different! But in ways that only you understand. Perhaps your child runs away, doesn't listen, spits, shouts, smears or has frequent "meltdowns". Or perhaps you suspect your child has a condition like Autism or ADHD- maybe they were recently diagnosed. No matter what is underlying your child's challenging behaviour, as parent myself, I want to help you reduce the behaviours so that your child can achieve their full potential!
020 3879 4406 View 020 3879 4406
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Paul Bell
Psychotherapist, ACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, with 12 years experience working in NHS CAMHS teams and the charity sector. I offer brief, medium and long term psychotherapy for children and adolescents, and offer developmental support to parents and carers. I have specific training and experience in the treatment of adolescent depression, psychotherapeutic interventions for fostered, adopted and looked after children, and psychotherapy for university students suffering with mood disorders. I also offer psychotherapy to children and young people suffering from depression, who have a diagnosis of autism.
I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, with 12 years experience working in NHS CAMHS teams and the charity sector. I offer brief, medium and long term psychotherapy for children and adolescents, and offer developmental support to parents and carers. I have specific training and experience in the treatment of adolescent depression, psychotherapeutic interventions for fostered, adopted and looked after children, and psychotherapy for university students suffering with mood disorders. I also offer psychotherapy to children and young people suffering from depression, who have a diagnosis of autism.
0131 357 6279 View 0131 357 6279
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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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Emma Field
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Thank you for visiting my profile. You may be looking for help with a specific issue, looking for more purpose or clarity in life, more understanding about yourself or maybe you might be confused. Sometimes choosing a therapist can feel overwhelming and despite the qualifications and experience it can be more about finding the right fit between yourself and your therapist.
Thank you for visiting my profile. You may be looking for help with a specific issue, looking for more purpose or clarity in life, more understanding about yourself or maybe you might be confused. Sometimes choosing a therapist can feel overwhelming and despite the qualifications and experience it can be more about finding the right fit between yourself and your therapist.
0141 673 0265 View 0141 673 0265
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Wendy Leverett Wilson
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
Hi my name is Wendy and I understand it can be difficult to approach someone for support especially if you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions . We all face challenges in life, some of which we can easily manage while others we find ourselves struggling with and needing greater support. No matter what difficulties you are having or how large or small it feels, I can offer you the time and place for you to explore your feelings and emotions, to find acceptance and understanding in a trusted relationship. At a pace to suit you we can work together in making the changes in your life that can help you feel more in control and at ease
Hi my name is Wendy and I understand it can be difficult to approach someone for support especially if you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions . We all face challenges in life, some of which we can easily manage while others we find ourselves struggling with and needing greater support. No matter what difficulties you are having or how large or small it feels, I can offer you the time and place for you to explore your feelings and emotions, to find acceptance and understanding in a trusted relationship. At a pace to suit you we can work together in making the changes in your life that can help you feel more in control and at ease
07588 731677 View 07588 731677
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Elspeth Campbell
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH12
Are you pregnant or a new mum who feels overwhelmed, anxious and that you’re not doing anything right? Maybe you’re feeling exhausted, down or confused and concerned about your emotional wellbeing and ability to cope? I specialise in empowering pregnant and new mums to overcome anxiety and regain control of their lives. I have dedicated my career to helping mums navigate the complex emotional landscape of motherhood. My trauma informed evidence-based techniques and tailored interventions are designed to equip you with the tools you need to manage your mood effectively. Most of all, I work alongside you with warmth and compassion.
Are you pregnant or a new mum who feels overwhelmed, anxious and that you’re not doing anything right? Maybe you’re feeling exhausted, down or confused and concerned about your emotional wellbeing and ability to cope? I specialise in empowering pregnant and new mums to overcome anxiety and regain control of their lives. I have dedicated my career to helping mums navigate the complex emotional landscape of motherhood. My trauma informed evidence-based techniques and tailored interventions are designed to equip you with the tools you need to manage your mood effectively. Most of all, I work alongside you with warmth and compassion.
01620 672897 View 01620 672897
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Maya Tomse
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Maya Tomse. I'm a Psychologist, a Psychotherapist and a Counsellor. I work with couples and individuals, online. I specialise in relationships, and troubles specific to transitions we go through, especially complex life transitions. My interest in transitions and relationships stems from my own personal experiences. I was born in Yugoslavia, a country that got torn apart by war when I was around 10 years old. Later, throughout my life I've lived and worked in many different countries and at present hold 3 different citizenships.
Hi, I'm Maya Tomse. I'm a Psychologist, a Psychotherapist and a Counsellor. I work with couples and individuals, online. I specialise in relationships, and troubles specific to transitions we go through, especially complex life transitions. My interest in transitions and relationships stems from my own personal experiences. I was born in Yugoslavia, a country that got torn apart by war when I was around 10 years old. Later, throughout my life I've lived and worked in many different countries and at present hold 3 different citizenships.
0131 297 6069 View 0131 297 6069
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Russell Counselling
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I know that the decision to seek therapy and to find a suitable therapist can be daunting, so my approach is to never forget what it is like to sit in the client’s chair. Whether you're going through separation and divorce, experiencing abuse, depression, trauma, generally feeling sad or struggling with other emotional issues, I can help. I am here for You.
I know that the decision to seek therapy and to find a suitable therapist can be daunting, so my approach is to never forget what it is like to sit in the client’s chair. Whether you're going through separation and divorce, experiencing abuse, depression, trauma, generally feeling sad or struggling with other emotional issues, I can help. I am here for You.
0131 357 6150 View 0131 357 6150

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Parenting Counsellors

What does therapy for parenting look like?

Therapists may work with parents individually, together, or include the whole family to find solutions for the problems a parent faces. Many parent-based therapies work on a parent’s relationship with their children, problem-solving within the family, and analysis of family dynamics. Therapy conducted remotely by video may be helpful in allowing a therapist to observe how families interact in their own homes.

When should a parent seek therapy?

When behavioral problems begin to disrupt the healthy functioning of a family, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If parents find that children are acting out in school, have started using drugs or alcohol, have developed eating disorders, or other similar red flags, a therapist may be able to help.

How long does therapy take for parenting problems?

Depending on the severity of a family’s challenges and the type of treatment utilized, therapy for parenting can last from weeks to months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a pragmatic therapy type that can be brief, most often ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Structural family therapy, which inspects family dynamics, often takes several months. Parent-child interaction therapy is typically shorter-term, lasting between 10 and 20 sessions. For any therapy, the duration will depend on the progress made and results realized.

Can therapy help parents dealing with burnout or stress?

Parenting is difficult. Parents may dismiss or conceal feelings of exhaustion, overwhelm, or escape ideation—imagining withdrawing from their parental obligations altogether. but left unattended, these feelings can have negative effects on the whole family. A therapist can help parents work on the skills they might need to better cope with the burdens of parenting and help them be the best parents they can be.