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Dr Elspeth Quinn

Counselling Psychologist

About Elspeth:
Works as Counselling Psychologist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.

Languages spoken:

  • English
Dr Elspeth Quinn is a counselling psychologist who works with individual adults with a wide range of issues and problems including: anxiety; low mood/depression; stress; assertiveness; bereavement / grief; self-harm; eating and body image issues; life transitions; obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); relationship issues; and many more issues.

She has a particular interest in men's mental health and unhelpful behaviours relating to pornography and sex. 

Elspeth's way of working

Elspeth works in a pluralistic way, using elements from a number of evidence-based approaches including Person-Centred Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy in order to meet the needs and preferences of each individual. 

She believes that everyone has the potential for growth and change and that the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of the client journey. Elspeth aims to provide a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment for therapy where people feel safe to explore areas of their lives that they are struggling with. 

Elspeth also offers supervision for fellow practitioners on a one-to-one basis.

Elspeth's background and training

Elspeth has worked in a number of settings including as a volunteer counsellor at the Pastoral Foundation Counselling Service; as a befriender with the charity Health in Mind; and as a life and wellbeing coach with the charity Positive Realities. She has also worked as a member of First Psychology's psychology services team, engaging with clients and researching and writing communications materials, and she has had client facing roles in two major health clubs. 

In addition to her current role with First Psychology, Elspeth has a voluntary role with the child protection charity Stop It Now! Scotland. 

Elspeth has a DPsych in Counselling Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University, an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a PG Certificate in Listening Skills (COSCA) - both from the University of Edinburgh. She also has an MSc in Applied Psychology from Robert Gordon University. 

In addition, Elspeth has a BA (hons) in Journalism and she has worked with children's charity YFS as a sports reporter. 

Elspeth is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and she is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). 


Elspeth's fee

Elspeth charges £90 a session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.