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Practices in Stirling & Edinburgh

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One to one counselling: involves an individual and unique, private relationship with the therapist; in most cases, certainly initially, meetings are weekly or fortnightly.  Best Practice research demonstrates that one of the most important aspects in the success of therapy is the client’s relationship with the counsellor – this is one of the most influential factors.  So you’ll be offered a free half hour session or phone consultation to help you decide if I’m the right therapist for you.


EMDR is an acronym for 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing'. EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s.  EMDR is widely recognised as being effective in cases of trauma, extreme distress or old & stuck hurts and pains, possibly form childhood.  EMDR is currently used in the NHS. 

When a disturbing event occurs, it can become stuck in our nervous system with the original distress, image, sound, negative and upsetting thoughts and feelings.  These can be easily triggered in day to day life.  EMDR seems to unlock the nervous system and allows the brain to process the experience. Some scientists liken EMDR to what happens in REM or dream sleep – the eye movements may help to process the unconscious material. During the therapy, the client is totally conscious and EMDR encourages the brain to move towards health & healing.

Supervision: Individual and group supervision is offered to qualified counsellors and therapists and to students in training.  Supervision is also offered to harassment officers, mediators and managers in organisations.

Employee Assistance support:  Counselling and critical incident debriefing is offered to organisations who want to support their staff or managers who will benefit from support regarding distressed employees or traumatic incidents whether death in service or bank raid for example.

Couples counselling: involves two people working with the therapist often with the aim of resolving difficulties, differences and conflicts within the relationship.  These sessions are normally longer, potentially with some exercises to do in-between sessions; the counsellor has an equal relationship with both clients.  Clients are more often couples and could also be siblings, parent and child or friends.  In couples work there is often a focus on how you communicate with, or miss, each other.

Group counselling involves weekly or monthly therapy groups with one or two therapists and a varying number of clients who all benefit from each other’s work and the support of the group.  Most clients in group therapy have already participated in one to one counselling.

Training:  Training is offered in counselling, mediation, for harassment officers, action learning facilitators, emotional intelligence.  Please contact for further information.

Coaching is being increasingly used in a workplace setting.  Shirley has coached many employees and managers over the years to support day to day personal development and workplace challenges. Coaches differs from counselling and can be broadly described as developing a person’s skills and knowledge so that their job performance improves or their confidences increases in that particular task.  Whilst coaching is often considered in a work context “life coaching” is also popular.  In both contexts there is usually a focus on specific targets and or behaviours in order to make changes or achieve a goal/aspiration.

Contact Shirley

Tel: 07899 757918

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