It might be that you are feeling feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Or it might be that you're feeling stuck in your life, at work or in your relationship. 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 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 those related to being LGBTQ+, navigating relationships, coping with anxiety, depression, bereavement and exploring 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 commitment is to work to create a relationship with you which allows you to be curious about yourself and your life and to be interested in what happens for you with me. In that way we, together we can create a space in which you will get to know yourself better, discovering what works for you and supports you, what you really want from life and how you might best achieve this.
My task is to be alongside you as you explore, to be supportive of you and interested in your experience. I will bring my experience and my commitment but you are the expert in being you, in how you understand the world around you and what you want from your life, even if it's a struggle to feel that right now. What I offer as your therapist is to be with 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 close to The Shore in Leith, easily reached from central Edinburgh and with free parking. My consulting room is fully accessible within purpose-designed premises. It’s a comfortable and safe space. At present I'm working online or outdoors. I mainly offer sessions during the day - please click on Getting Started for more information.
Deciding to begin therapy or counselling is, for most people, a big decision and you will very likely have questions about the process. You may feel unsure as to what happens when you sit down with a counsellor. What are you 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 have written reviews for The Scotsman of books which deal with mental health or more general health issues, which are posted 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.