The decision to start seeing a therapist is an important one. It might be that you are feeling stuck in your life, at work or in your relationship. Or it might be that you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Or perhaps you’re contemplating making some changes to how you live? Giving yourself a dedicated space and support to work through what you're experiencing can be life-changing. Day to day living can be tough for all of us 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 Registered psychotherapist offering counselling and therapy in central Edinburgh. I've been working as a Gestalt Therapist in the city of 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 LGBTQ+ issues, relationship 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. My invitation to you will be to be curious about what happens for you with me and in your life more generally, and in that way to get to know yourself better, discovering what you really want from your life and how you might best achieve this.
You are the expert in your own experience, you know how you understand the world around you and what you want from your life, even if it's a struggle to get that right now. What I offer as your therapist is to be alongside you in a respectful, non-judgmental relationship, which will enable you to understand more about who you are and how you are in the world. By working together our aim will be to increase your awareness of how you experience life and through this we can find ways for you to both accept who you are and 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, for most people, a big decision and you will most likely have questions about the process. You may feel unsure as to what happens when you sit down to meet 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 write reviews for The Scotsman of books which deal with mental health or more general health issues, which I will post on the Blog page if you're interested in reading those. I also post articles which I find interesting or useful. If you have questions which aren't addressed on this website, I'm always happy to have a chat by phone or email prior to us meeting. Please do get in touch.