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Remember you’re not alone

When life feels difficult, there’s always the urge to keep things bottled up. We compare ourselves to our loved ones and peers, and don’t want to feel like a burden. It’s vital to remember that everyone has anxieties and insecurities. The first step is admitting you need help dealing with them.

There’s often the misconception that counselling is solely for mental health problems. The reality is that counsellors provide a range of services. You may have lost someone close to you and need grief counselling. You could be feeling demotivated and need help setting new goals. The pressure is always there to handle whatever life throws at us. It’s important to remember that we all struggle. Bark can find you a professional to help you deal with problems anyone could face in their day-to-life.

A space just for you

A person may feel as though whatever problems they have are insignificant. This could indicate a lack of confidence or low self-esteem. A counsellor will validate your feelings, so you can work through them in a constructive way.

A counselling session is a place for you to express yourself without fear of judgement. This can be particularly helpful with couples counselling. Every couple has its own dynamic, and sometimes this makes open communication difficult. A professional counsellor creates a space for both parties to discuss their feelings. Rather than ‘taking sides’, they'll offer an impartial view on how best to move forward.

A professional counsellor will create a ‘neutral’ environment. Your concerns may stem from work or your home life. Going to counselling means that you're in a place away from where you feel stressed or worried. This is the ideal environment for you to evaluate your thoughts and feelings.

Getting things off your chest

There’s a stigma facing mental health that can hinder people from getting help. There are also times when we feel as though we cannot talk openly about things that trouble us. For instance, you may have issues with family and friends that you’re uncomfortable discussing with them. One of the reasons counsellors are helpful is that we often feel as though their advice is objective and unbiased.

The job of a professional counsellor is to listen, not judge. You might not think your problems can be solved instantly, but having someone to talk to makes all the difference. Your counsellor will listen to your concerns. They'll then draw on their experience to offer advice and alternative perspectives.
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Karen Schmidt Private Counselling

Karen Schmidt is a licensed private counsellor. She's qualified to help with mental health, relationships, and addiction. Karen offers one-to-one sessions, as well as counselling via phone and Skype.

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Tell us more about your professional background

I have a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. My postgraduate degree fulfils the Level 4 requirement needed to become a counsellor. I specialise in helping people consciously examine their thoughts and behaviours. This will then help them develop healthy day-to-day coping mechanisms. After eight years of working as a therapist, I opened my own counselling practice.

What motivates you in your work?

It’s common for someone with mental health issues to think they’re a reflection of their character. My job is to reassure people who are struggling that they’re not weak or ‘bad.’ It takes incredible strength to fight what your mind tells you. Helping people find that strength is what drives me in my work.

What do you want people to know before they start counselling?

The first thing I want people to know is that there’s no shame in asking for help. The second is that you’re not defined by your problems. People often don’t reach out because they feel as though they’re beyond help. I can’t offer a quick fix. What I can offer is the building blocks of hope and reassurance.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and check out reviews from past customers too.

Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.



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The average rating for Bark Counsellors in Edinburgh is 4.93, based on 339 reviews.

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