Counselling in Edinburgh


At counselling in Edinburgh I work with individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties, to help them overcome their problems and to make positive changes to their lives.

What type of problems can be helped by counselling?

The nature of problems I encountered varies, and could include: depression; anxiety; the need to manage harmful emotions and behaviours, or difficulties with coping with traumatic experience and events.

I work with people wanting to leave abusive relationships and coercive control and release traumas from their past. Sometimes this is done with counselling although we will often agree to use some of my other therapies in conjunction with the counselling.

NHS Definition

“A talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.”

There are therefore a number of aspects to counselling. For example, it is important that the process is about helping you to find ways to deal with your problems, rather than giving advice or telling you what to do.

What counselling is and isn't

Counselling is:

  • The process that occurs when a client and counsellor set aside time to explore difficulties which may include the stressful or emotional feelings of the client.
  • The act of helping the client to see things more clearly, possibly from a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behaviour, with a goal of facilitating positive change.
  • A relationship of trust. Confidentiality is paramount to successful counselling. Professional counsellors will usually explain their policy on confidentiality. They may, however, be required by law to disclose information if they believe that there is a risk to life.

Counselling is not:

  • Giving advice.
  • Being judgemental.
  • Attempting to sort out the problems of the client.
  • Expecting or encouraging a client to behave as the counsellor would behave if confronted with a similar problem in their own life.
  • Getting emotionally involved with the client.
  • Looking at a client’s problems from our own perspective, based on our own value system.

The role of the counsellor

No two people understand the same language in the same way; their understanding will always be linked to their personal experience of the world. The role of the counsellor, therefore, is to help the client to develop their own understanding of their situation.

I enable my client to explore aspects of their life and feelings, by talking openly and freely. Talking like this is rarely possible with family or friends, who are likely to be emotionally involved and have opinions and biases that may affect the discussion. Talking to a counsellor gives clients the opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, resentment, guilt and fear in a confidential environment.

I may encourage the client to examine parts of their lives that they may have found difficult or impossible to face before. There may be some exploration of early childhood experiences to throw some light on why an individual reacts or responds in certain ways in given situations. This is often followed by considering ways in which the client may change such behaviours.

Good counselling should reduce the client’s confusion, allowing them to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in their attitude and/or behaviour. The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable the client to make their own choices, reach their own decisions and act upon them.

I do not advise clients, but help them to understand themselves better and find their own ways to cope or to resolve problems. 

Counselling typically involves a series of formal sessions at a regular time and place in a private place, where the client and I can talk about the client's issues and feelings.


Counselling in Edinburgh - what is involved?

  • Sessions lasting around one hour
  • I provide counselling face to face, over the telephone, or online
  • Working with individuals, families or groups
  • Keeping confidential records
  • Building a relationship of trust and respect with clients
  • Listening to clients' concerns, empathising with them, and helping them to see things more clearly or in a different way

Contact details


Tessa Simpson
NHS Registered Therapist
2/1 West Grange Gardens,
Edinburgh, EH9 2RA


Email complementarytherapiesedinburgh@mail.com
Telephone 07768 586 383

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