Shona Mathers

Shona Mathers


Registered Member MBACP

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07895914713

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Therapist - Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH10
07895914713
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I work at Calmblue on a Tuesday afternoon and have 2 slots at 3pm & 4pm. I can offer F2F and online sessions depending what suits clients. If clients are looking for online sessions I can be more flexible on days/times.

About me and my therapy practice

Counselling is a process that involves the client and the counsellor where the client talks about areas of their life that they are finding hard. It may be difficulties within relationships (home/work), issues in childhood, previous trauma, or bereavement and loss. I offer clients a non-judgemental space to enable them to explore their feelings within a safe environment. A trusting therapeutic relationship can help facilitate change for the client.

Psychodynamic counselling is a relational process where unconscious material often unfolds in the room and becomes conscious, which can help clients to better understand themselves. It is a client led process where the client brings material from their life experiences to explore further. Connections between past and present can become clearer to the client and “ah ha” moments can occur.

Clients can experience a space where they feel truly heard and held, and able to express the shadow side of themself. Expressing thoughts and feelings can help a client to understand their own process and why they behave in certain ways, as formative experiences often influence a person’s present behaviour. Counselling can help a client develop self-awareness, personal development, better communication within relationships and/or improved self-esteem and confidence. Counselling can help a client to strengthen their internal resources so that they can cope better with life. The experience of being listened to and supported as a client can be hugely powerful.

I am naturally drawn to supporting others. I have a lot of compassion for people and can offer genuine care and support within counselling sessions. I am passionate about the benefits of counselling, and offer short/long term sessions face-to-face or online. 

Practice description

I have worked for 30 years in various different caring roles and have lots of experience supporting others, including working as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in the NHS for 10 years. I have worked in charities within the mental health field, supporting carers and working with students.

Working as an OT has provided me with an understanding as to how physical and/or mental health issues can impact an individual’s daily function, in addition to the emotional stress this can have on a person. I currently work in a voluntary organisation as a counsellor with young adults, and volunteer with CRUSE Scotland to offer counselling to those who have experienced a bereavement. 

My first session

I offer a free 20-minute session (phonecall or Zoom) to discuss what you are looking for in counselling sessions, and to see if what I offer fits your needs. If we decide to work together then we would contract for an initial 6 sessions then review.

Sessions are 50 mins long. The recommendation is for weekly therapy in order to keep the momentum going and for clients to get the maximum benefit.

The first session consists of an assessment in terms of gathering information about a client's background in order to better understand them as an individual person within the context of their life, and to clarify what area of their life the client is wanting to focus on.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited

Therapist - Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH9
07895914713
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I work at Edinburgh Counselling Studio on a Thursday evening and offer 2 sessions: 7pm & 8pm. I can offer F2F and online sessions depending what suits clients. If clients are looking for online sessions I can be more flexible on days/times.

About me and my therapy practice

Counselling is a process that involves the client and the counsellor where the client talks about areas of their life that they are finding hard. It may be difficulties within relationships (home/work), issues in childhood, previous trauma, or bereavement and loss. I offer clients a non-judgemental space to enable them to explore their feelings within a safe environment. A trusting therapeutic relationship can help facilitate change for the client.

Psychodynamic counselling is a relational process where unconscious material often unfolds in the room and becomes conscious, which can help clients to better understand themselves. It is a client led process where the client brings material from their life experiences to explore further. Connections between past and present can become clearer to the client and “ah ha” moments can occur.

Clients can experience a space where they feel truly heard and held, and able to express the shadow side of themself. Expressing thoughts and feelings can help a client to understand their own process and why they behave in certain ways, as formative experiences often influence a person's present behaviour. Counselling can help a client develop self-awareness, personal development, better communication within relationships and/or improved self-esteem and confidence. Counselling can help a client to strengthen their internal resources so that they can cope better with life. The experience of being listened to and supported as a client can be hugely powerful.

I am naturally drawn to supporting others. I have a lot of compassion for people and can offer genuine care and support within counselling sessions. I am passionate about the benefits of counselling, and offer short/long term sessions face-to-face or online. 

Practice description

I have worked for 30 years in various different caring roles and have lots of experience supporting others, including working as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in the NHS for 10 years. I have worked in charities within the mental health field, supporting carers and working with students.

Working as an OT has provided me with an understanding as to how physical and/or mental health issues can impact an individual’s daily function, in addition to the emotional stress this can have on a person. I currently work in a voluntary organisation as a counsellor with young adults, and volunteer with CRUSE Scotland to offer counselling to those who have experienced a bereavement. 

My first session

I offer a free 20-minute session (phonecall or Zoom) to discuss what you are looking for in counselling sessions, and to see if what I offer fits your needs. If we decide to work together then we would contract for an initial 6 sessions then review.

Sessions are 50 mins long. The recommendation is for weekly therapy in order to keep the momentum going and for clients to get the maximum benefit.

The first session consists of an assessment in terms of gathering information about a client's background in order to better understand them as an individual person within the context of their life, and to clarify what area of their life the client is wanting to focus on.

What I can help with

Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, LGBTQ+ counselling, Loss, Menopause, Men's issues, Mood disorder, Neurodiversity, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Vegan allied, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone therapy, Time-limited