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Our Therapists

Heal. Grow. Thrive.

Welcome to The Edinburgh Counselling Service. We are a small group of warm, compassionate and empathic counsellors. We provide counselling to individuals, couples and young people. We welcome clients of all backgrounds, and help individuals feel empowered, live authentically, thrive in relationships with themselves and others, experience healing and change, and uncover purpose in their lives. To find out more about each of our therapists, please feel welcome to take a look at our profiles below.

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Hannah Walker

Founder of The Edinburgh Counselling Service

Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Hi I’m Hannah, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I’m the founder of The Edinburgh Counselling Service where I provide counselling to individuals, couples and young people. I am particularly experienced in supporting individuals with anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, trauma, relationships, perfectionism, burnout and imposter syndrome. 

 

I aim to help individuals feel empowered, live authentically, thrive in relationships with themselves and others, experience healing and change, and uncover purpose in their lives. Whether you would like support working through something specific, or would simply like a space that’s just for you, I provide a place for you to explore what is important to you. 

 

My approach to counselling is grounded in openness, trust, honesty, compassion (and even a little humour!). The counselling journey can bring the confidence, personal growth and self-awareness required to reach your full potential and live fully. Please take a look here to find out more about how I work.

*Please note I am currently full and unable to take on new clients.*

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Jennifer Dunn

Integrative Counsellor

Hello, I’m Jennifer and I am an integrative counsellor for adults. I draw on both person-centred and psychodynamic approaches in my practice. I would describe my way of working as relational, meaning that the quality of our relationship is what is most important to me, and that I believe this relationship has the potential to promote growth and change. I focus on what is happening between us in the session, in the here-and-now. I am interested in our early relationships and how they have an impact on our current self-concept and how they may play out today. I also have an interest in existential psychotherapy; I am curious about how we make meaning of our experiences and how they shape our own worldview. I offer a space where we can unpack whatever you bring with curiosity and compassion. 

 

I have particular experience of working with new parents and also have an experience of working with trauma, grief, neurodiversity, relationship difficulties, childhood neglect and life transitions. I have previous experience of working in both adult education and the prison service, and therefore welcome anyone of any background and experience. I offer a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space where you will find warmth, unconditional acceptance and positive regard, and maybe even a little humour sometimes!

I am currently working towards a doctorate in psychotherapy and counselling and gaining accreditation from COSCA. I am also fluent in French and am comfortable offering sessions in French. 

 

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions at the same time on Monday afternoon/evenings and Wednesday afternoon/evenings.

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Amy Polson

Pluralistic Counsellor

Hi there, I’m Amy and I provide counselling to adults and young adults. I mainly work in a pluralistic way, which means I collaborate with clients to find what suits them best. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’, and together we can figure out what you would like to work on and what tools and techniques may help to get you to where you would like to be. Perhaps you will feel more drawn to a free-flowing exploration of past or present experiences. Or maybe you are looking for more structure to work on behaviour change. The therapeutic process can be completely flexible to respond to whatever you may need in each moment.

I have extensive experience working with children, young people and adults and have additional training in Play Therapy and trauma-informed therapy for survivors of abuse. I enjoy working with a diverse range of ages, genders and backgrounds. Areas that I have experience working with include issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, suicidal ideation and self-harm, relationship problems, LGBTQ+ experience and low self-esteem. I have ongoing membership with the BACP who oversee that I am working to the highest standards at all times. 

My deepest intention is to create a safe, genuine and supportive therapeutic relationship with clients so that we can explore whatever arises with compassion and curiosity. I understand that engaging in the counselling process can be not only fulfilling and transformative but also significantly challenging at times. I offer a wholehearted unconditional acceptance and non-judgement so that you can trust that all of you is welcome in the space.

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions at the same time each week on Thursday mornings and early afternoons, and Saturday mornings and afternoons. 

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Mally Van Nek

Individual and Couples' Counsellor and Psychotherapist

Hello, I’m Mally and I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist registered with COSCA. I provide counselling to individuals and couples.  As a trauma-informed multimodal counsellor; I combine different therapeutic styles and theories to create a space which is warm, safe and non-judgemental. I create a space where you will be free to be your authentic self, and I can support you as we explore the root of your challenges.

I draw on many different aspects of counselling modalities to provide a safe, inclusive, warm space. I am particularly experienced with providing Psychodynamic Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR), and Schema Therapy. I tailor my approach to each individual to suit their goals and needs. 


My counselling ethos is that ‘you are the expert on your life’ and I am there to support, empower, and help you explore whatever you choose to bring to each session. I am passionate about working with LGBTQIA individuals and couples, people who have experienced trauma and sexual violence, and those in polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships.

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions at the same time each week on Tuesday mornings and afternoons. I also offer online sessions on Monday evenings.

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Amber Fieldgate
Person-Centred Counsellor

 

Hi there!  I'm Amber, a friendly and dedicated person-centred counsellor holding a Master's in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh. As a proud member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their ethical standards, ensuring that you receive the highest quality of care.

Having undergone therapy personally, I understand the courage it takes to begin this journey. My goal is to make the process as comfortable as possible, recognising that everyone moves at their own pace. I believe in creating a warm and supportive space where everyone not only feels heard, but truly understood.

My approach is rooted in person-centred counselling, emphasising empathy and non-judgment. In our sessions, I aim to build a safe and trusting relationship, encouraging you to freely express yourself. With gentle curiosity, we'll explore your experiences and emotions, uncovering new perspectives and unlocking your full potential.

I bring expertise in supporting individuals dealing with challenges such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. Additionally, I have a special interest in assisting neurodivergent adults, offering support to those navigating a neurotypical world. Being neurodivergent myself, I bring a unique perspective that deepens my understanding of clients navigating similar experiences. I view neurodivergence not as a weakness but as a strength, recognising the challenges it poses alongside the inherent opportunities it can present.

Embarking on counselling may feel nerve-wracking, but my promise to you is unwavering support and a kind, compassionate presence every step of the way. Let's collaborate to deepen your understanding of yourself and pave the way for a brighter future.

 

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions at the same time on Tuesday afternoons/evenings, Wednesday afternoons/evenings, and Friday mornings/early afternoons.

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Ross Pollard
CBT Psychotherapist

 

Hi I’m Ross, a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist and counsellor with the BACP. I provide individual and group therapy, delivered either face-to-face or online. I have experience supporting a wide range of adults, from students to senior professionals. As well as this, I specialise in working with disabled and neurodivergent clients (such as ADHD, Autism and dyslexia). 


My approach generally follows a Cognitive Behavioural framework with integrated Compassion-focused practices. I help clients better understand themselves and their difficulties, to empower them to facilitate positive changes in their thinking, behaviours, and beliefs. On this journey, I equip clients with the skills to become more resilient and encourage personal growth through self-compassion and acceptance. I have experience working with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, Autism, communication difficulties, shame, body dysmorphia and dyslexia. 


I welcome clients who don’t know specifically what they wish to focus on, or who alternatively, just want a safe place to talk, rather than follow a specific approach. Every individual is unique, so I passionately believe in making the therapy process collaborative, inclusive of different learning styles and shaped by the client’s input. Therapy can be lifechanging and I want your experience to leave you feeling confident and fulfilled. 

I offer weekly sessions at the same time each week on Monday evenings, Thursday evenings, Friday evenings and Saturdays during the day. 

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Iona Mackenzie, MBACP
Pluralistic Counsellor

 

Hi there, my name is Iona and I am a qualified counsellor with a diploma in pluralistic counselling. My aim is to work with an individual’s specific needs and adapt each session to fit what works best for the individual and their uniqueness.  As a pluralistic counsellor, I draw on a range of different therapeutic approaches, ideas and methods, to suit a client's goals, sometimes incorporating activities and exercises into our work together when appropriate.

 

I know from experience how surreal and nerve-wracking counselling can be to start with! Please rest assured we can take everything at your own pace. I endeavour to create a protected, welcoming and friendly space, where all parts of you and whatever you may choose to bring will be accepted.

 

 My aim of our work together is to encourage you to realise your potential and work to understand you or your situation. Whatever is going on for you, whatever journey you are on, I can be there with you whilst we explore and try to find the answers. I welcome clients to talk about any area that needs addressed, the past, the present and future and hope to create a space where you can be free to release some of what you have been carrying.

I work with adults aged 18 and over, and have particular experience with working with young adults. Some of my areas of expertise include anxiety, depression and self-esteem. I have worked at the PF Counselling Service and also have extensive experience working in the third sector and with unpaid carer.

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions at the same time each week on Friday afternoons and evenings. 

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Jenni Ochoa
Psychodynamic Counsellor and Nature Therapist

Hi, I’m Jenni, a qualified relationship counsellor registered with COSCA. I am an experienced trauma-informed therapist who works with couples, individuals, and relational groups. I am also certified to provide Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy. We are all valuable individuals with unique experiences that carve out patterns we may not notice. I create a safe environment where we can collaborate towards understanding how you see yourself, how you move through your world, and gain powerful insights into how you can develop in relation to your life and relationships.

 

My approach is empathic warmth, grounding, and attunement. I work primarily from a psychodynamic and systemic perspective where we explore your unconscious thoughts in relation to past experiences and work to increase awareness of how these might manifest in your day-to-day life. Realising the influence of your past on present behaviour can be daunting but you’ll find I am passionate about making space for fun and I believe working creativity can energise the counselling relationship and enhance self-awareness wherever things feel a little ‘stuck’.  

 

I endeavour to create authentic connection by welcoming all that exists in our humanness, working towards a sense of self-worth without conditions, uplifting confidence, and becoming comfortable with owning your power.

I offer weekly or fortnightly sessions at the same time on Monday mornings and early afternoons.

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Kazandra Pangilinan
Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainee

 Hello! I’m Kazandra, a Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainee completing my Master of Counselling at The University of Edinburgh. As a person who has sat on both sides of the therapy couch I deeply appreciate the warm, non-judgemental, and safe space counselling can provide – and I’m committed to offering this same space to others.


As a human being, I intend to use my own story, as well the integrative tools at my disposal to inform my practice and empathically meet you wherever you are. Because my practice is mainly rooted in a person-centred approach, I believe that each person has the endless capacity to grow, shape their narrative, and forge their own path forward. However, I also recognise the many ways our past can be alive in our present, impacting our relationship with both ourselves and others.

 

With compassion, integrity, and the fullest respect for the resiliency of the human spirit, I will journey alongside you to a place of wholeness, healing, greater self-awareness, and a deeper connection with yourself and the world. Together, we will navigate your way towards fulfilment, peace, and happiness.

 

My counselling room is a place for discovery, exploration, and empowerment for people of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, genders, and sexualities. You are so welcome here.

 

I offer weekly sessions at the same time each week on Saturday afternoons.

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Siân Troote
Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainee

Hi! I’m Siân, and I am a counselling trainee currently completing my Masters in Counselling at The University of Edinburgh.  

As a practitioner, I have an integrated person-centred and psychodynamic approach, inviting you to be curious about the ways in which your past experiences, your relationships, and environments may shape the way you view yourself. Through our sessions, it is my hope that we can journey together towards a place of deeper self-understanding, uncovering a more expansive, self-accepting picture of who you are as a person in the world and how you may wish to be. 

According to poet Mary Oliver, ‘attention is the beginning of devotion,’ and as a counsellor I believe that any journey of healing or transformation often begins with paying attention to ourselves – to the parts that are hurting, the parts that confuse or frustrate us, the parts that have been silenced or misunderstood. Having been a client myself, I know this can also be anxiety-inducing! And that's why it’s important to me that we work at a pace that feels right for you, creating a safe therapeutic relationship that's supportive and warm.

Vitally, I welcome people of all experiences, cultures, faiths, ages, sexualities, and genders to my counselling room. 

 

Always I strive to work to the highest possible ethical standards with a dedicated commitment to my own professional development and continuous self-learning in the service of you. 

 

I offer weekly sessions at the same time on Tuesday mornings.  

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