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Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Paddy and I am a counsellor and psychotherapist working in Edinburgh.
Please use the contact me form to organise a first meeting.
I'm a Person Centred Counsellor currently working remotely in the Edinburgh South and Dalkeith area. I offer counselling and psychotherapy via online video call and am comfortable working in a variety of subjects including:
Wherever you are on the bench, I'll sit with you.
I really like this photo, it’s a nice metaphor for human experience. Sometimes you’re having a nice sit on a bench, sometimes you’re in the nettles. It might seem obvious that the side without the nettles is the side you’d want to sit, but we sometimes seem to sit in the nettles despite all the pain and discomfort of the stings, and our brains telling us it would be much more preferable and sensible to sit on the other side. You might not understand why you might sit there, or might think you’re on the clear side instead of on the nettles! Maybe you think the nettles are just part of life and you have to endure your lot even though you’d really love a wee shot of not sitting on them.
Counselling can look like a lot of different things, and often we sometimes don’t know in advance what it is we want from it. What I can offer is, I’ll sit with you wherever you are on the bench. Maybe the company there is enough, or maybe you’d like a hand with learning how to grab the nettles in that special way that makes them sting a little less. I’ll be curious and gentle as I can be about whatever varieties of nettle you might have and what it is about them that is making your life difficult.
I've been a practising Person-Centred Counsellor since 2018. I began my work at Heriot Watt University Student Counselling Service as a trainee, before moving on to work with CrossReach at Simpson House as a member of the Counselling and Recovery team. In 2020 I began working with Stepping Stones Counselling and Psychotherapy ltd, working remotely with paramedics and other 999 staff.
The work I do varies with every client, encompassing such topics as relationships, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and childhood. I bring a warm curiosity to my work. I'm interested in the specifics of what makes you the person you are, how your struggles impact you. Whether we turn out to be similar or quite different my approach is focused on how you are in your life.
All of my work currently happens via video call. I use the Zoom application to give you private link to join our session. This allows you to access counselling from the safety of your own home. As the legislation around Covid-19 and its variants changes I will look into offering face to face counselling.
I charge £50 for a session lasting approximately 1 hour. My concessional slots are currently reserved for my work with 999 NHS staff.
That’s up to you. I aim to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and support you through whatever difficulties you are experiencing. For you that might mean having a space that’s completely yours to talk and be heard, or it might be that you want a different perspective and understanding from me. However you choose to use counselling, what you share with me is completely confidential.
I offer a 15-minute free welcome call with potential clients so we can have a brief discussion about what you hope to get from counselling. From there we work session to session until you decide you want the counselling to end.