Claire BlackCounselling and Therapy in Edinburgh

Who am I?

I am passionate about the potential of therapy to help us towards being happier, more fulfilled and much more compassionate to ourselves and others. I completed a four year training at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. The Diploma training in Gestalt Therapy at EGI is a long-standing and well respected Masters-level training regulated by GPTI and UKCP. Based on learning about awareness and the use of self in relationship for the growth of the client, the training is rigorous and is taught by extensive practical and creative exploration geared towards building an understanding of what really works in therapy. I continue to attend regular training since the completion of my diploma course including most recently trainings in Wild Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Group Counselling skills. I have a particular commitment to working with gender, sexual and relationship diverse clients. In addition to my private practice I have managed the counselling service at LGBT Health and Wellbeing since June 2016.

Prior to working as a therapist, I was a journalist for 15 years. I've also worked as an academic and spent some years after my undergraduate degree completing a Masters and then further postgraduate study.

Why Gestalt?

Most therapists, no matter what approach they have trained in, work in their own way. My priority is always to find a way of being in a relationship with my clients that allows me to be present and authentic, open to feeling and understanding how it is for them to be with me and to be more generally. In that way I can support you to do the work you really want to do. I chose to train in Gestalt therapy because it has a focus on the here and now and the emphasis it places on the importance of the relationship that exists between client and therapist.

What we will explore together is what is real and significant in your life at this moment:

  • What do you understand of your own situation?
  • What is in your awareness, but also what might you be missing?
  • What is shaped by patterns of behaviour which are so ingrained you don't notice them anymore?
  • What supports you?

    Through compassion and respect, authenticity and creativity, I know that therapy can give us opportunities to feel understood and accepted, to make different choices and change our lives. I am committed to reflective, ethical practice and to my own personal and professional development. I am a Registered member of BACP (www.bacp.co.uk) and signed up to their Code of Ethics. I am in regular clinical supervision for my work.

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