I am an integrative counsellor living and working in Edinburgh. I trained at the University of Edinburgh in a dialogue between psychodynamic and person-centred theory. Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of people with a wide variety of concerns. My counselling practice is based at D.Atkinson Herbalist & Clinic – a renowned integrative health clinic and herbal dispensary – Mulberry House – Edinburgh’s largest complementary health centre – and The Whole Works – a long established complementary therapy & counselling centre in Edinburgh’s Old Town. I have previously worked at PF Counselling and Hope Park Counselling Centre and volunteered for a number of charities including ParentLine Scotland and Firsthand Lothian.
I have always had a passion for health and wellbeing and prior to training as a counsellor I studied Herbal Medicine at Napier University. I continue to pursue this passion and worked with the D. Atkinson herbal dispensary, next door to Napiers Clinic, from 2012.
One of my core beliefs is that we are fundamentally connected to each other and to the world in which we live. We are, by nature, social animals yet society can often impinge upon the simple expression of this nature. This has formed the basis of my interest in herbal medicine and now in counselling – rebuilding our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the world.
Irrespective of the theoretical model informing a therapist’s approach, numerous studies have shown that it is the relationship itself that heals. It is in the transformative space between two people that the work and the reward exists. I try to meet all my clients in this space, whatever it may look like for them, and, in collaboration, work towards a deeper understanding of the, often unconscious, forces at play in their lives. Through the prism of relationship we can increase our awareness of what drives us and what hinders us, how and why we relate to those around us the way we do, and how we might start to live our lives with more creativity and curiosity.