Are you feeling a bit stuck? Or overwhelmed? Or perhaps you’re contemplating making some changes to how you live? Day to day life can be tough for all of us from time to time and speaking about what you're experiencing with someone who is trained to listen and support can really help.
My name is Claire Black and I am a Gestalt Therapist. I've been working as a therapist in central Edinburgh since 2013. I offer both short term solution-focused work and open-ended counselling in central Edinburgh. I have experience of supporting people with a range of issues including relationship difficulties, LGBT issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement and sexual and gender identity issues.
For me, the foundation of good therapy is a trusting relationship in which the client and counsellor are active partners. If you come to see me, we will work together to explore what's going on for you and to understand your experience. From this, together we can work out how you can best be supported and through this identify and make the changes you want to make.
You are the expert in your own experience, what I can offer is a respectful, non-judgmental relationship, which will enable you to discover more about who you are and how you are in the world. By working together our aim will be to help you to build your awareness of how you experience life and through this we can find ways for you to both accept who you are and also to learn more about how you might like to grow and change.
What kinds of issues might bring you to see me?
My practice is located in central Edinburgh, near to both Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations and within easy reach of Princes Street and Tollcross. I can offer sessions both during the day and in the evening - please click on Getting Started for more information.
Deciding to begin therapy or counselling is usually a big decision and you most likely will have questions about the process. You may feel unsure as to what happens when you sit with a counsellor - what you are expected to do? What might they do? My aim is to be open and honest, to work with you respectfully to achieve what you want to achieve. There are no rules about what you need to do or what stage you need to be at - if you feel like you could do with some support, that's enough to make a start.
Hopefully you will find useful information about the process of starting to see a counsellor on this site as well as plenty of information about me. I also write regular book reviews for The Scotsman on books which tackle mental health or more general health issues which I will post on the Blog page if you're interested in reading those. If you have questions which aren't addressed here, I'm always happy to have a chat by phone or email prior to us meeting. Please do get in touch.