Gabriel Soler Santibanez

Gabriel Soler Santibanez


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Contact information

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Therapist - Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH7
Sessions from £50.00

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About me and my therapy practice

I am a Chilean/Spanish psychotherapist and PhD candidate.

Here there is a space for you. For your emotions, fears and hopes. For thinking and feeling, for change and understanding.

Life sometimes feels hard to bear, and I offer a space for holding and processing those difficult moments. I offer a space for making our feelings productive, transforming what you are living in a process of development.

My practice focusses on two main areas: understanding and change. I like to bring theoretical ideas to think-with the moment you are living in. In this way, we explore and understand different situations, emotions and stories, and this prepares the terrain for change.

I believe that any moment of our lives has the potentiality for being transformative. No matter how hard it seems, there is always a way of making things move forward.

I work by expanding the awareness of our embodied emotions, and how those are linked to our relational field. In our sessions, we will explore together different areas of your life, and ‘digest’ them by thinking/feeling together. Talking help us to deal better with what we are living. Meditation and body awareness will expand your understanding of your own feelings. Active imagination will bring a vivid image of what is happening unconsciously. Different activities can become part of your homework, and you will soon start working by yourself, starting a process of change.   

Practice description

As we talk about what has happened over the week, about your feelings, and difficult situations, we can slowly start to see patterns, ways of being that make sense as we can link them to past experiences and to different theories that I like to use as prompts for further reflection. Being aware of the past help us to open to new becoming in the future. Having models that give us a ‘rationale’ of what is happening, open new ways of dealing with our life.

Exploration and awareness help us to have clarity of what is happening, and different exercises help us to start a process of change. One of the things I love the most is when my clients discover by themselves new ways of seeing their lives. Sometimes the biggest change is a change of perspective. To make this shift possible, I help you to develop the capacity to think about your affective and relational situations.

Theoretically, I am interested in how the world we live in, and the things we do in it, are affecting our unconscious process. However, our context can be changed by something that comes from within: by our creative process. I see creativity as a force of change, and I like to use it as a therapeutic tool. I invite my clients to do art about what we are talking about. It could be drawing, writing, music, dancing, or anything that feels comfortable. In this way, our sessions become more vibrant and engaging, and the change starts to emerge from within.

To unlock our creative process, I also use active imagination (dream-like work with different imaginal characters) to access unconscious processes, together with an awareness of affect in our body, aided by the practice of insight-mindfulness.  

My first session

If you are interested please send me a message, so we can arrange our first session. There is the option of having a free 15-minute call beforehand, so you can ask all your questions and your motivations for therapy (through WhatsApp or Telegram). We would need to find a time where both our schedules match for this.

In the first session, we can meet each other, discuss the reasons for consulting, answer practical questions and see if we feel we can work together.

Our sessions are going to be online via zoom (in the future I will come back to presential sessions). In our first session, we will agree a day and time, which hopefully will repeat each week. I will send a link some minutes before the session, which lasts 50 minutes.

About me

I am a Chilean Spanish psychotherapist and work in Spanish and English. I studied psychology (BA), then trained as an integrative psychotherapist (diploma), followed by a master’s in clinical psychology (MSc). I have been working with clients for more than ten years. 

Mor recently, at Edinburgh University, I completed a master by research in Counselling (MScR) and I am in the last year of a PhD in Counselling Studies.

My work is marked by my experiences. I grew up in a dictatorship and this made me realise how important are the socio-political contexts to our personal development. I was lucky for having a family which appreciated arts, which has made me consider that creative practices are crucial for our expression and unconscious transformation.

My PhD research is about ‘transitional’ experiences, ones that bring the creative unconscious process to a world of objects, using for this creative practices.  

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma

Types of therapy

Integrative

Clients I work with

Adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work