Vanessa Tombs

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
0781 455 2897

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Therapist - Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH6
0781 455 2897
Sessions from £60.00


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Certified EMDR Therapist, Addiction and Trauma Informed.

I offer a warm, authentic, and compassionate therapeutic relationship. With the ultimate goal of facilitating a return to balance and alignment, I partner with the client to pattern new, healthier ways of moving through the world and being in relationship with self and others. I work collaboratively with each individual and tailor my approach to suit each person's specific requirements.

I work in an integrative way, incorporating many different approaches and theoretical models in my counselling and psychotherapy including Person-Centred, Pychodynamic, Trauma Focused, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and the Flash Technique.

Practice description

While EMDR was developed primarily for use with trauma, other areas which have found some success are panic attacks, anxiety, addictions, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, stress reduction, complicated grief, physical or sexual abuse, stage fright, public speaking, phobias, phantom limb pain and pain in general. Some traumas with a longer history may require longer term therapy, or at least and extensive period of preparation before starting EMDR.

The Flash Technique (FT), is a recent developed therapeutic intervention for reducing the disturbance associated with traumatic or other distressing memories. FT is a minimally intrusive option that does not require the client to consciously engage with the traumatic memory. Clients do not necessarily need to give details of the memory or feel the pain connected to overwhelming memories, it’s fast and if it doesn’t work, it does not cause re-traumatisation. This allows the client to process the traumatic memories without feeling distress.

I incorporate the Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), a model that empowers trauma survivors to overcome self-destructive and addictive behaviours. Additionally, I have experience using TIST, EMDR and the Flash Technique in Complex PTSD, Substance Abuse Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID.

My work is deeply grounded in the ethics of care, respect, safety and confidentiality, which is embedded within the code of ethics and conduct of the BACP. My practice is also insured and regularly supervised as per the requirements of the BACP, so you can be confident about the help that I provide.

My first session

Sessions last for 1 hour and cost £60 or 1.5 hours and cost £90 and take place weekly, or fortnightly.

NB: Cancellation notice required for sessions: Min 48 hours required (from time of session). All sessions are currently online due to Covid19 and social distancing.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating disorders, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

EMDR, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic

Clients I work with

Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling