Margaret Moroney PGDip (Couns.)
Margaret Moroney is an integrative counsellor based in Edinburgh. She has been awarded a COSCA validated Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working towards full membership of COSCA, Scotland’s professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adheres to their Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice.
Margaret has previously worked at PF Counselling, Edinburgh’s largest counselling agency, and Hope Park Counselling Centre. She has also volunteered for a number of charities including ParentLine Scotland and Firsthand Lothian.
Having always had a passion for health and wellbeing, prior to training as a counsellor Margaret studied Herbal Medicine at Napier University. She continues to pursue this passion and has worked at the D. Atkinson herbal dispensary, next door to Napiers Clinic, since 2012.
What is counselling?
In its simplest form, counselling is a talking therapy where a person meets with a qualified counsellor, usually on a weekly basis, to help them gain insight and understanding about aspects of themselves or their lives with which they are struggling. People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons, the most common being depression or anxiety, work or relationship problems, loss or bereavement, trauma or abuse, addiction, life transitions, low self-esteem and self-development.
Margaret practices integrative counselling, drawing on her training in the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions.
Psychodynamic counselling views our early life experiences as the foundation of how we relate to ourselves and others. It places particular emphasis on the relationship between client and counsellor, their dynamic, and offers the client a means to understanding the unconscious forces at play in their lives. This encourages the client to open up and explore unresolved issues and conflict hidden in their unconscious that may be affecting their mood and behaviour.
Person-centred counselling seeks to put the client at the centre of the work at all times, seeing them as the expert rather than the counsellor. At its heart is the belief that we all have an innate tendency to be our best selves given the right conditions, the absence of which can lead to great emotional distress. The person-centred counsellor strives to recreate these core conditions for the individual and facilitate their journey towards self-actualisation.
As an integrative counsellor, Margaret believes in the transformative power of human connection and, as such, offers all her clients a safe, nurturing space in which they can share their unique selves with another. She is particularly interested in how we tell our stories and the meaning we make of them in our lives. She has worked with a diverse range of clients, both as a counsellor and in her voluntary work, and, in negotiation with the client, can offer both short and long-term counselling.
Margaret knows that choosing a therapist can be a daunting task. She therefore offers a 30 minute information session at a reduced fee for anyone who wishes to find out more about how she works and to decide if counselling is right for them. Full counselling sessions usually last 50 minutes and are offered at the same day and time every week.
More information on Margaret can be found at her website here or you can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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