Suicidal Ideation Counselling in Edinburgh

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Mervyn Reid Mncps Acc. Mbacp (Accred) And Supervisor.
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
As an Adult, Child, Young Person, Couple and Family/Systemic Counsellor, I bring a lot of experience and a vast range of skills to support a wide range of people and presentations, from suicide and self-harm, depression and anxiety to trauma and self-identity work.
Hello, and well done on making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor & Supervisor who is easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I will support you via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take my lead from you, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs. I can travel, with additional fees applicable. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
As an Adult, Child, Young Person, Couple and Family/Systemic Counsellor, I bring a lot of experience and a vast range of skills to support a wide range of people and presentations, from suicide and self-harm, depression and anxiety to trauma and self-identity work.
Hello, and well done on making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor & Supervisor who is easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I will support you via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take my lead from you, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs. I can travel, with additional fees applicable. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
028 9694 3156 View 028 9694 3156
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Through The Woods Therapy - Jude Sevestre
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Waitlist for new clients
Most people come to counselling with a big story - a life full of experiences and challenges that brought them to where they are now. I'd really like to hear your story if you would like to tell it. I am a relational, TA-trained counsellor with extensive experience in working with anxiety, panic attacks, (complex) trauma, self harm, suicidal thoughts and depression. I enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community, and have specific experience in working with Trans/Non-binary clients. I also have a passion for working with mental health symptoms related to the hormonal cycle, such as Endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, and (Peri-)Menopause.
Most people come to counselling with a big story - a life full of experiences and challenges that brought them to where they are now. I'd really like to hear your story if you would like to tell it. I am a relational, TA-trained counsellor with extensive experience in working with anxiety, panic attacks, (complex) trauma, self harm, suicidal thoughts and depression. I enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community, and have specific experience in working with Trans/Non-binary clients. I also have a passion for working with mental health symptoms related to the hormonal cycle, such as Endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, and (Peri-)Menopause.
0131 381 0886 View 0131 381 0886
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Cameron Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
I am an experienced, well-qualified counsellor with a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy with an additional qualification for young people. I work in a warm and gentle way, offering a safe place for you to talk about the things that are troubling you. I see people struggling with a broad range of problems, e.g. anxiety, depression, low self esteem and other experiences that overwhelm them. I can help you through loss and grieving, cope with issues relating to abortion, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and so on. I work with people with eating disorders and body image issues. I am trained to work with people who are suicidal. ©
I am an experienced, well-qualified counsellor with a diploma in counselling and psychotherapy with an additional qualification for young people. I work in a warm and gentle way, offering a safe place for you to talk about the things that are troubling you. I see people struggling with a broad range of problems, e.g. anxiety, depression, low self esteem and other experiences that overwhelm them. I can help you through loss and grieving, cope with issues relating to abortion, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and so on. I work with people with eating disorders and body image issues. I am trained to work with people who are suicidal. ©
0131 357 6341 View 0131 357 6341
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Sarah Worth
Counsellor, MSc, ACC Reg
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
I have experience working with anxiety, panic attacks, self harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, boundaries, pregnancy crisis and loss, post abortion, relational issues, trauma and other areas.
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 have experience working with anxiety, panic attacks, self harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, boundaries, pregnancy crisis and loss, post abortion, relational issues, trauma and other areas.
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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Kath Muirhead
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
My professional experience has been working with people affected by mental health issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety and panic, grief and loss among other issues. I also specialise in working with trauma particularly childhood sexual abuse and the debilitating impact of many life areas. I work with what people bring and go at their pace; my approach being person centred and bespoke to the individual.
My professional experience has been working with people affected by mental health issues such as depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings, anxiety and panic, grief and loss among other issues. I also specialise in working with trauma particularly childhood sexual abuse and the debilitating impact of many life areas. I work with what people bring and go at their pace; my approach being person centred and bespoke to the individual.
01368 653223 View 01368 653223
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Martyn Pars
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
During this time I worked with a range of mental health issues from stress, anxiety, depression, relationships through to self harm, suicidal thoughts, gender, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more.
My Offer To You: Being heard, understood, believed in and supported. We all need this kind of support at some point in our lives. This is my offer to you. I am an accredited professional counsellor (PNCPS acc.) registered through the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP reg) which means I am held on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register thus ensuring protection to the public and helping to ensure their health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in those with later in life ADHD diagnosis or if you suspect you might be. I am also a professional executive coach.
During this time I worked with a range of mental health issues from stress, anxiety, depression, relationships through to self harm, suicidal thoughts, gender, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more.
My Offer To You: Being heard, understood, believed in and supported. We all need this kind of support at some point in our lives. This is my offer to you. I am an accredited professional counsellor (PNCPS acc.) registered through the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP reg) which means I am held on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register thus ensuring protection to the public and helping to ensure their health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in those with later in life ADHD diagnosis or if you suspect you might be. I am also a professional executive coach.
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Mairi McAllister
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I specialise in working with clients who have experienced Trauma and/or Abuse. If this is you its likely you struggle at times with your mental or physical health, it would be normal to experience anxiety and depression and/or PTSD/cPTSD and as a result might have developed coping strategies like addiction, self-harm or suicidal thoughts which result in guilt and shame. Relationships or parenting might be hard, socialising, dealing with anger or feeling fear that you cant explain, your not alone and its not your fault. Trauma can result from big events like abuse but also from not having emotional safety, love, respect and support.
I specialise in working with clients who have experienced Trauma and/or Abuse. If this is you its likely you struggle at times with your mental or physical health, it would be normal to experience anxiety and depression and/or PTSD/cPTSD and as a result might have developed coping strategies like addiction, self-harm or suicidal thoughts which result in guilt and shame. Relationships or parenting might be hard, socialising, dealing with anger or feeling fear that you cant explain, your not alone and its not your fault. Trauma can result from big events like abuse but also from not having emotional safety, love, respect and support.
01592 323042 View 01592 323042
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Claire Crilly
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
Front Line Workers Specialism: Is the toll of your work grinding you down? Do you experience burnout? Has witnessing death and trauma impacted you in ways which are difficult to describe? Is there a sense of losing who you once were? Witnessing devastation, shift work, mistrust in management, lack of sleep, feeling undervalued, high workloads, poor work culture, relationship difficulties, dynamic stressful working environments and intrusive negative memories all contribute to an ever increasing proportion of emergency service workers suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicide ideation and suicide. So who helps the helper?
01923 961134 View 01923 961134
Liz Notarangelo
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
I am an experienced counsellor working with individuals, couples and families who are ready to explore the possibilities for a happier and healthier life offering effective and individualised counselling.  Making an approach to a counsellor, especially for the first time, is a big step. I know as I’ve been there too. As a result, I realised that it is possible to take control and make changes. I offer help over a wide range of personal issues and offer both short and long-term support. Many people are put off coming for counselling as they are worried it will be seen as a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth. R
I am an experienced counsellor working with individuals, couples and families who are ready to explore the possibilities for a happier and healthier life offering effective and individualised counselling.  Making an approach to a counsellor, especially for the first time, is a big step. I know as I’ve been there too. As a result, I realised that it is possible to take control and make changes. I offer help over a wide range of personal issues and offer both short and long-term support. Many people are put off coming for counselling as they are worried it will be seen as a sign of weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth. R
0131 381 8548 View 0131 381 8548
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Chai Counselling Ltd
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
When you encounter difficult times in our day to day lives it is helpful to be able to talk these through with someone who is trained and objective. To help you explore the issues that matter to you, bringing insight and understanding to enable you to find your way through problems and dilemmas.
When you encounter difficult times in our day to day lives it is helpful to be able to talk these through with someone who is trained and objective. To help you explore the issues that matter to you, bringing insight and understanding to enable you to find your way through problems and dilemmas.
07723 435840 View 07723 435840
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Jen Stewart
Counsellor, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH9
Hi, I'm Jen and I am looking forward to meeting with you. Life can be tough and if you are experiencing a hard time, counselling can help. I am a person-centred therapist which means my focus throughout our work together is getting alongside you, as you embark on your therapy journey in a warm, compassionate, and non-judgemental way. Building our relationship is central to the work we will do together, and I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. I hope you will find me an approachable and empathic practitioner, fully committed to helping you make informed decisions about how you want to live your life.
Hi, I'm Jen and I am looking forward to meeting with you. Life can be tough and if you are experiencing a hard time, counselling can help. I am a person-centred therapist which means my focus throughout our work together is getting alongside you, as you embark on your therapy journey in a warm, compassionate, and non-judgemental way. Building our relationship is central to the work we will do together, and I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. I hope you will find me an approachable and empathic practitioner, fully committed to helping you make informed decisions about how you want to live your life.
0131 381 0238 View 0131 381 0238
Photo of Louisa Casselden, Psychologist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Louisa Casselden
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified 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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Julie Ramage CBT
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
CBT therapist specialising in anxiety, panic and stress. I work with clients to learn techniques and strategies to feel and/or cope better - perhaps after a crisis or trauma; dealing with issues from childhood; or when they are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, panic or stress. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the NHS and supported by research. At present I am doing appointments online and by phone.
CBT therapist specialising in anxiety, panic and stress. I work with clients to learn techniques and strategies to feel and/or cope better - perhaps after a crisis or trauma; dealing with issues from childhood; or when they are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, panic or stress. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the NHS and supported by research. At present I am doing appointments online and by phone.
0131 510 6124 View 0131 510 6124
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Ruth Galloway-Kirkland
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12  (Online Only)
​I'm your mojo-returner! I'm an EMCC Accredited Senior Coach Practitioner, Accredited Coach Supervisor, and BACP Accredited Therapist, with over a decade, and thousands of hours of experience, in supporting extraordinary people, just like you, to make significant changes in their lives. Ready to crush your goals? DM me for transformative coaching and therapeutic consultancy for creative entrepreneurs and senior executives. More than just coaching, this flexes and shifts with YOUR needs.
​I'm your mojo-returner! I'm an EMCC Accredited Senior Coach Practitioner, Accredited Coach Supervisor, and BACP Accredited Therapist, with over a decade, and thousands of hours of experience, in supporting extraordinary people, just like you, to make significant changes in their lives. Ready to crush your goals? DM me for transformative coaching and therapeutic consultancy for creative entrepreneurs and senior executives. More than just coaching, this flexes and shifts with YOUR needs.
0131 510 2464 View 0131 510 2464
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Tom Lawrence
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH3
If you are suffering from anxiety - depression/low mood - stress - anger problems - panic attacks - phobias - low self-esteem - self-harming - eating disorders - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, including military) - addiction (all kinds) - obsessions (OCD) - sleep problems - relationship problems, I can help. Difficulties can often be resolved within only a few sessions – sometimes just one – and in this way can provide good value for money.
If you are suffering from anxiety - depression/low mood - stress - anger problems - panic attacks - phobias - low self-esteem - self-harming - eating disorders - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, including military) - addiction (all kinds) - obsessions (OCD) - sleep problems - relationship problems, I can help. Difficulties can often be resolved within only a few sessions – sometimes just one – and in this way can provide good value for money.
07887 682291 View 07887 682291
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Sibyl Adam
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
Deciding to start therapy can be a big step. Maybe you’re feeling stuck, frustrated with the world or desiring change. When working with me, you can expect a warm, empathetic environment to explore the issues you’re facing. Let's work together to figure out what you need to live the life you desire. It’s my role to support you on a journey of self-discovery so you can understand what might be holding you back. My hope is that you can leave our sessions feeling listened to and understood.
Deciding to start therapy can be a big step. Maybe you’re feeling stuck, frustrated with the world or desiring change. When working with me, you can expect a warm, empathetic environment to explore the issues you’re facing. Let's work together to figure out what you need to live the life you desire. It’s my role to support you on a journey of self-discovery so you can understand what might be holding you back. My hope is that you can leave our sessions feeling listened to and understood.
0131 381 2746 View 0131 381 2746
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Marie MacLeod
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2  (Online Only)
Difficulties and stress in the relationships that matter most to you can be a source of distress, anxiety, frustration or despair. When all your efforts to make things better still haven't worked, maybe it's time to think about trying a different approach. Working with a experienced relationship counsellor can give you the time and space to explore what is troubling you. I work with individual adults and couples from all backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities to help them gain insight and fresh perspectives on life, relationships, and other issues that cause distress.
Difficulties and stress in the relationships that matter most to you can be a source of distress, anxiety, frustration or despair. When all your efforts to make things better still haven't worked, maybe it's time to think about trying a different approach. Working with a experienced relationship counsellor can give you the time and space to explore what is troubling you. I work with individual adults and couples from all backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities to help them gain insight and fresh perspectives on life, relationships, and other issues that cause distress.
0131 378 8345 View 0131 378 8345
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Roberta Dutra
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10
Hello and welcome to my profile. I’m Roberta, a qualified counsellor offering face-to-face and online counselling sessions. I’d like to welcome you to my counselling practice where you listened to and accepted unconditionally. I am passionate about giving people space to talk about your personal difficulties where they can be heard, valued and understood. By having the space to emotionally talk about your personal struggles you can gain a sense of clarity. Then, together we can work towards your personal therapeutic goals.
Hello and welcome to my profile. I’m Roberta, a qualified counsellor offering face-to-face and online counselling sessions. I’d like to welcome you to my counselling practice where you listened to and accepted unconditionally. I am passionate about giving people space to talk about your personal difficulties where they can be heard, valued and understood. By having the space to emotionally talk about your personal struggles you can gain a sense of clarity. Then, together we can work towards your personal therapeutic goals.
01934 311356 View 01934 311356
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Victoria Gillingham
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9
Having worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years, I have a deep understanding of the challenges people are faced with on a daily basis. How we experience these challenges can become overwhelming and we can feel alone, helpless and disconnected. There may be times when it's useful to seek help outside of your current circle of support by talking with a counsellor and I can help you find new ways to explore and manage the difficulties you are experiencing. I work with individuals & couples to offer short-term counselling to address immediate concerns, and long term counselling to address complex issues.
Having worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years, I have a deep understanding of the challenges people are faced with on a daily basis. How we experience these challenges can become overwhelming and we can feel alone, helpless and disconnected. There may be times when it's useful to seek help outside of your current circle of support by talking with a counsellor and I can help you find new ways to explore and manage the difficulties you are experiencing. I work with individuals & couples to offer short-term counselling to address immediate concerns, and long term counselling to address complex issues.
07818 682498 View 07818 682498
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Daniel Killeen Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
In-person and online. I offer down-to-earth counselling & psychotherapy and welcome people from any background, gender, race, status or culture who are looking to find support and make a change to how they feel in their life.
In-person and online. I offer down-to-earth counselling & psychotherapy and welcome people from any background, gender, race, status or culture who are looking to find support and make a change to how they feel in their life.
0131 381 8509 View 0131 381 8509

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Suicidal Ideation Counsellors

How does therapy for suicidal ideation work?

Stress, depression, anxiety, or upsetting circumstances can give rise to suicidal thinking. Therapy can address the events at the core of an individual’s suffering. Understanding why a person may be suicidal can help the therapist and the patient discover alternative methods of coping. A person with suicidal ideation may be mired in catastrophic thinking, and treatment like cognitive behavioural therapy is a good choice for breaking such patterns. In addition, treatment such as acceptance and commitment therapy can help a person manage their distress through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for suicidal ideation?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioural, dialectical behaviour, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful thoughts and past traumas. These therapies help an individual tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and not act on dangerous urges.

Are there specific medications to be combined with therapy?

The use of medication for suicidal thoughts must be aligned with the underlying cause; conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be at the root of suicidal ideation. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for symptoms, which may include antipsychotics such as aripiprazole or antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

How often and how long are therapy sessions for suicidal ideation?

As with any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, while others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. Still other patients, especially those with co-occurring conditions like major depression and anxiety, may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months. In some cases, residential treatment may be recommended for an individual who is judged to be at high risk of self-harm.