Welcome to the Edinburgh Counselling Service. My name is Hannah and I am the founder of the Edinburgh Counselling Service, as well as a qualified psychologist, counsellor and psychotherapist. I am based in Edinburgh, Scotland but work with clients across the UK and sometimes beyond. I work from two locations, one on St. Colme Street, close to Princes Street (EH3) and one in the North West of Edinburgh in Cammo (EH4).
You may feel overwhelmed, or stuck, or have lost a sense of who you are. I offer a warm, safe and accepting space in which you can bring whatever feels most pressing to you. I work non-directively and from an integrative approach, which means that rather than adopt one approach, I use a range of therapeutic tools and disciplines, depending upon your unique needs.
We will work at your own pace and explore things in your own time, when you feel ready to. We will work to build awareness of your patterns, relationships and narrative. Our work takes place without judgement and in a kind, calm and supportive environment. Each session is specific to your needs. Some people appreciate structure and tools in sessions, others appreciate more of a free flow exploration of whatever feels most pressing to them. I aim to facilitate your understanding of yourself and work towards your goals at whatever pace you feel comfortable with.
I am flexible and creative in my approach to meet your needs. You are the expert in your own life, and I work with you to help you achieve whatever your goals for counselling may be. I will be open and honest with you in the hope that it will help you be open and honest yourself. I help people identify and understand their vulnerabilities. My goal is that our work together will help you feel like yourself again, or a version of yourself you have always wanted to feel.
I have been on both sides of the 'therapy couch', so I know how uncomfortable and overwhelming it is to show vulnerability and to be authentic with yourself and your therapist. I know sometimes it can be difficult to know what to say, and that's okay. Together we will co-create a healing space where you can heal the wounds that are keeping you stuck and become the version of you that you want to be.
I work with individuals, couples and groups. Please feel welcome to get in touch should you wish to see if I may be able help you, or if you have any more questions.
I have worked with a diverse range of clients in numerous counselling agencies across Edinburgh, before opening The Edinburgh Counselling Service. I have worked in general counselling agencies, at Hope Park Counselling Centre and Projekt 42. I also previously volunteered at Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, a specialised agency focused on supporting women who have experienced sexual violence.
I have training in delivering face to face counselling, as well as online counselling.
As well as practising as a therapist, I have completed research in the mental health field. Previous research has focused on perfectionism, the impact of surviving trauma on identity, and transcultural counselling and working across difference. I have also conducted quantitative research on the effects of social media fitness imagery on the body satisfaction of women.
I warmly welcome all clients. This space is unequivocally anti-racist, feminist, LGBTQIA+ affirming and inclusive. I am body positive and anti-diet culture. I help self-identified marginalised and disenfranchised members of the community to understand the impact of different kinds of trauma, abuse and neglect. The communities I support include (but are not limited to): BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour), LGBTQIA+, young people, survivors of trauma, caretakers, activists and introverts.
A lifelong Commitment to Improving my Practice and Cutting Edge Research
As a life-long learner, I regularly attend continued professional development (CPD) conferences, seminars, and workshops. I offer you sessions infused with the latest research on effective therapeutic approaches. Recent training has included:
Couples Counselling Toolkit
The Panic Pod: Live talk on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Working with Shame
Trauma And The Body: Dissociation And Somatisation
Working with Relational Trauma - Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma
An Introduction to Integrative Sandtray Therapy
Introduction to Gender Based Violence
Understanding and Improving Racism and Power Inequalities
Working with Survivors of Sexual Trauma
Diversity, Intersectionality and Psychotherapy
How To Do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer
Moving Your Practice Online - A Brief Course for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Mental Health Practitioners From Online Therapy Institute