Works as Counsellor / Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.
Violet is particularly experienced in working with: anxiety; depression; LGBTQIA; gender, sex and relationship diversity; isolation and loneliness; self-harm; trauma and its after effects (childhood traumas, sexual violence, abusive relationships); feelings of shame, insecurity and self hate; issues with identity or confusion in sense of self; the search for meaning or feelings of meaninglessness in life; and dissociative experiences and intrusive images and thoughts.
Violet is able to work with clients on a long-term or shorter-term basis.
Violet's way of workingViolet is a Gestalt therapist. This means that she is trained to work in depth with individuals, looking at the patterns that emerge in their life and behaviour, and discovering the ways in which they consciously/unconsciously create those patterns. Her focus is not only on the narrative of an individual's life, but on their life as a whole. In addition to this, Gestalt therapy pays attention to body language, physical sensation, movement, breathing, dreams and imagery. Violet aims to help individuals discover the processes by which they create their own world. She believes that enabling this awareness provides an individual with choices about how to move forward.
Gestalt differs from many other therapies because the focus is on the here and now (how patterns learned in the past are playing out in the present) and also because practitioners view each person in the context of their family, society and culture, recognising that this web of connections shapes a person's decisions and their lives.
Violet's background and training
Violet has over ten years' experience working in the voluntary sector in various helping roles. In 2009 she undertook the Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Assault support worker training, after which she decided to start the journey to becoming a psychotherapist.
Violet comes from a Quaker and Zen buddhist background and being surrounded by these ideologies inspired her to study philosophy at university. She then travelled to India and qualified as an ayurvedic therapist. After exploring different roles and options, Violet started training to be a Gestalt psychotherapist. Violet has also taught workshops in meditation and disability awareness for voluntary organisations in Edinburgh and she has written for the arts and culture magazine 'The Skinny'.
Violet has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute and a Foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy (integrative) from the Minster Centre. In addition she has a BA (hons) in Philosopy (University of Reading).
Violet is a member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). She is currently working towards accreditation with UKCP.
Violet charges £65 per session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.