A few words about me

Elaine Hervey - Psychodynamic Counsellor Elaine Hervey, MBACP Accred. PgD Psych

My interest in therapy started when I moved to Singapore with my family, including two small children. To try and learn more about the country and culture, and feel at home, I started working as a volunteer play therapist in a children’s hospital. Supporting anxious children and parents led to a desire to work in the field and I undertook a professional qualification in person-centred counselling.

Along with my studies, I worked on a crisis support-line for young people, and in an international school, as a counsellor. There I learned the specialised skill of brief, solution-focussed therapy – understanding what works for each client and working together to find resolutions and different ways of being.

Now back in Scotland, I have worked in volunteer, private and organisational settings. I have completed post-graduate training in working psychodynamically. The psychodynamic approach recognises and values the connections between a person’s inner and outer experience, and the significance of the past in relation to the present. It also acknowledges the therapeutic potential of the relationship between client and counsellor.
Within that relationship I will listen to your story, and endeavor to make links and meanings, that enable me to understand your perspective and experience. Together we create the space and opportunity for change. Through reflection and action, I believe that it is possible to understand yourself better and decide how to move forward with your life.

I believe my experience in working with people, understanding their values and cultures and the relationships that they are in, all help in building a strong therapeutic relationship, and working towards helping you find answers.

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Why choose me?

  • 1.
    breadth of training
    Having extensive training in person-centred, solution-focused and psychodynamic therapies, I am able to identify what works in relation to specific client needs.
  • 2.
    Understanding that counselling is an investment in yourself, and being committed to your emotional wellbeing whilst appreciating time and other potential constraints.
  • 3.
    Breadth of experience, at home and abroad and strong appreciation of the uniqueness of the individual and breadth of human experience.

    As an experienced Accredited BACP counsellor, my client work has been assessed as meeting a higher standard of competency and ethical practice.

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