Works as Psychological Counsellor at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.
Stella is particularly interested in working with adults who are experiencing trauma related distress, which may be linked to a recent traumatic incident; a longstanding abusive relationship; or childhood adversity, including childhood sexual abuse. Problems often emerge as anxiety, panic, depression, anger, fear, shame, low self-esteem, isolation, insomnia, depersonalisation; and substance use.
She is also especially interested in working with children (age 8+) and young people who may be vulnerable to a range of distressing problems such as bullying, low self-esteem, low mood, anxiety, panic, relationship and family issues, life transitions, insomnia, substance use, and self-harming behaviours.
How Stella worksStella takes a gentle, respectful and compassionate approach to her therapy work. She seeks to understand and connect with each individual and believes that compassionate human contact through the therapeutic relationship is powerful for healing. She seeks to nuture an individual's awareness of their own strengths and abilities, to empower them in moving forward and thriving in life.
Stella's humanistic approach runs through all of her therapy work, but she is sensitive to the needs and preferences of each individual client and will tailor her approach accordingly.
Alongside the person-centred approach to counselling, Stella offers cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and she also supplements her client work with mindfulness and compassion focussed skills.
Stella's background and trainingStella has worked as a therapist with adults in both the NHS and voluntary settings. She also has over 10 years' experience working in residential social care with young people as well as having worked therapeutically with young people in a secondary school-based counselling service. In addition, Stella co-facilitated a support group for mothers and young children and she has also delivered parenting skills coaching.
Stella has a degree BSc (hons) in Psychology from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh which grants graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She also has a COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate, an SVQ3 Health and Social Care (Children and Young People), and is eligible for an MSc in Psychological Counselling from Glasgow Caledonian University where she is currently in the advanced stages of her doctoral training in counseling psychology (trainee counselling psychologist).
Stella charges £60 per session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.
Please note that Stella's fee will rise to £65 on 1 October 2019.