Esther Walker

Esther Walker


Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Edinburgh

Edinburgh EH7
Sessions from £55.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I'm a Gestalt counsellor and massage therapist working from  consulting rooms in central Edinburgh.  I offer online and face-to-face counselling as well as trauma-aware massage therapy.  Where necessary I can make home visits.

Counselling...

I know from my own experience that we can all lose heart at times, feel disillusioned and powerless to influence anything. Telling someone how you truly feel takes great courage and is the important first step in turning things around. Counselling helps you find out what’s going on and (re)discover your interest and enjoyment of life and relationships.

A few sessions could be all you need to clarify what's going on and identify a way forward.  Longer term counselling helps you identify patterns in thinking and behaving you want to discard, and practice better alternatives.

Trauma-aware massage therapy...

Swedish massage therapy will calm an anxious nervous system, awaken sensory experience and reconnect body with mind.  It brings feelings of relaxation, peace, and restoration that anyone can enjoy.

However, for some, the idea of massage is daunting and additional attention is needed to help them feel comfortable.  By providing this level of attention, I aim to extend the benefits of massage to those for whom safety is a priority.

This approach may particularly interest those wishing to explore massage alongside their work with a psychotherapist.

Practice description

Gestalt counselling...

Gestalt offers a practical approach to exploring and resolving difficult feelings and situations. We'll pay attention to the relationship we create together, to your physical experience (as well as what you think and say) and to helping you learn through experimentation and practice. In this way, you'll benefit from:

- greater self-awareness

- new understanding of how relationships work and of your own experience of relationships

- greater flexibility in how you approach and respond to the world

- greater access to feelings of satisfaction, hope, contentment, excitement, warmth and love.

At the outset we'll agree what outcomes you're looking for so we have a way of judging progress.

Trauma-aware Massage Therapy

Massage therapy complements a gestalt approach by supporting the client's connection with their bodily experience.  The aim of massage is to work physically to influence the body's systems and benefit the client by, for example, reducing stress, anxiety, muscular tension and increasing sensitivity and body awareness.

For those who have experienced trauma, the body can feel like alien territory where unwanted sensations and feelings suddenly take over, or where little familiar, solid ground can be found.  By working slowly and collaboratively, massage can support a greater awareness of and connection with your body.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Existential, Gestalt, Phenomenological, Relational, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, Groups, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited