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Individual Counselling in Edinburgh 

What actually is Therapy?

Your Mental Health

I am not so keen on the phrase "mental health" - I prefer to call it your "thought life health" .   Depression, fear, anxiety & panic attacks are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. Through counselling, I'm  able to help you recover motivation, perspective, purpose and joy that you once had in your life. 

 

Specifics

Aspergers ?  Feeling different ?  Fostered or adopted ?  Boarding school ?  Third culture kid?  Come - you will be understood .....  Guys  - you think counselling wont work - come and give it a go - I promise that you don't have to do anything scary, or anything that you don't want to do !  Teen, adolescent, young adult, adult - you are  welcome here for therapy. 

Relationships

Relationships and family are what make our worlds work.  If your relationships are not benefiting you, let's find out why.      

ANGER seems to raise it's ugly head in  relationships. I believe, through counselling,  you can reduce your anger  substantially.

Andrew Gaskill - Counsellor/Therapist

I'm an Aussie,  UK registered & accredited counsellor, with 10 years of experience counselling teenagers and  adults.   I use various models (Choice Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy & The Human Givens) to look for less healthy patterns and thoughts in your life.  We all wear blinkers.  I help to widen your sight.  We may feel a bit stuck, presuming that we will always be stuck since we can't easily find a way  out.  Therapy helps us become unstuck.  


I have worked and lived in various countries, travelling extensively.  Alongside counselling and social care, I have worked in the travel, transport & tourism sectors for much of my life (We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us). 


My vision is to see people living transformed lives, living lives of freedom with choice, acknowledging what makes us unique - finding our  place in life.   Being liberated from everything that we might summarise as Depression, Anxiety and Stress. 


Therapy is a chance to talk with me about things in our lives that don't make sense, or that make us sad, angry, or afraid. Talking with me can help us understand these things better, and feel more confidant about living our lives.

A bit about me, and what happens in the counselling room

What will this Aussie counsellor in Scotland look like, what will he sound like, what will he make me do, is he weird?  Well now you'll know !!

.............. Heard from the Therapy room

   I'm using up too much energy worrying


   It takes a lot of effort to keep hating


   My biggest request is not to be judged


   I was on medication for 10 years, and now off for a month, and never felt better


   Anger no longer controls me, I am now in control of it


   When I leave this room I am so calm, I react to things differently now


   What you most what to find will be found where you least want to look


   I caught myself thinking about ..........


   What I wanted most from counselling was for someone to ask the right questions.


    It used to feel like a hurricane in my head ......


    ​I feel like I have the self sabotage gene​


    All the things that give me instant gratification, make me feel terrible afterwards


    We mustn't measure others with our own tape

Low Cost Therapy

I'd like therapy to be freely available to all on the NHS for no charge.  Limited counselling is possible via the NHS (GP referral).  I charge modest fees for private therapy available immediately. 


Fee - £39 for a 50-60 minute session


£139 for 4 sessions paid in one transaction.


Reduced fee situations considered.  A family who has benefited from therapy has kindly donated a limited pot of money in June 2018, to help some people who can not afford the full fee,  If after having browsed this website,  there is something that resonates with you,  please message me to put your situation forward for consideration.   Profit for Purpose. 


If considering fortnightly or longer gaps between sessions, I find it's better to meet at least weekly for the first 3-4 sessions to build a stronger rapport, then stagger sessions if you wish.


If you wish to meet in Dunfermline for therapy - please click here for further information. 

Times available this/next week

Contact Andrew

Initial inquiry

I'm here for you

I'm Andrew Gaskill, and my Counselling room is in Edinburgh. (12 minutes walk from Waverley station, just near the Playhouse theatre) I work with teenagers and  adults 11-40 years of age.   Emails and texts will be responded to normally within 1-2 hours,  Monday to Saturday.

Balance.......

Haddington Place, Edinburgh EH7

0750 3288563 - text only.

Hours

I am a freelance counsellor part time at a variety of times Mondays - Saturdays.   Sessions normally last 50-60 minutes.    Skype & Messenger sessions are possible too. (However at least one face to face session is preferred before using Skype or Messenger).  Dunfermline option available some daytimes or Thursday early evenings. 

I waited eight months for therapy. If I hadn't been able to pay for counselling, I don't think I'd be here today. (Click picture above to read article)

What's going on in your teenager's head ....?

What's going on in your teenager's head ....?

What's going on in your teenager's head.....?

What's it like for a teen in counselling?

This Welsh video clip looks at what it may be like attending counselling as a teenager.   


You do not have to do anything that you don't want to when you come to counselling.  However there needs to be a desire of your own to attend, not just the desire of others around you. 

I often focus on our unmet needs (Human Givens)

How to choose a counsellor

How long would I stay in therapy for ?

Great question !  Click here for some thoughts on that.

What is my counsellor thinking about in session?