My name is Marie-Thérèse and I am a qualified counsellor practicing in the Central Belt in Scotland. Alongside seeing clients through this private practice, I also provide counselling services to CRUSE Bereavement Care Scotland and PF Counselling Edinburgh on a voluntary basis.
I mostly use what is known as the Person-centred approach, which is a 'talking therapy'. This works from the position that you, the client, are the expert on your own life, and my role as counsellor is to support you as you explore what that means for you.
My professional background is in Education and, prior to this, in the Criminal Justice System. My academic background has focused on Religion, with postgraduate study in Equality & Human Rights. I have spent many years actively involved in grassroots activism (primarily social justice) and volunteering for organisations such as The Equality Network, Waverley Care and my current role with Scottish Detainee Visitors.
I offer you this background to emphasize my commitment to offering a safe, non-judgemental space, valuing each individual, whilst also being mindful of the wider cultural, social and political contexts that impact on our lives. I am passionate about accessibility and in supporting people to feel empowered, regardless of background or circumstance. This belief, along with my life experience, is what led me to train as a counsellor.
My practice is person-centred at the core, but with a willingness to be as integrative as desired. We are all individuals, with our own life history and experience and I believe that our counselling needs should reflect this. In this way, I aim to work with you to find a method that feels comfortable.