Fiona Cook BACP (Senior Accredited)

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As a practitioner with Edinburgh Therapy Practice, I now only offer remote therapy. This is short term – anything between six to twelve sessions either by telephone, email or an online platform. Zoom is my preferred platform as it is recommended by counselling and psychotherapy bodies and is secure, easy to use and stable.

Remote therapy is different from face-to-face work with specific aspects to consider. It does not mean a reduction in the quality of practice as modern communications enable therapeutic support to be empathic, forming a personalized therapy for each client. I qualified through a recognised training body to deliver remote therapy; this enabled me to adapt my clinical practice and since then, my experience of telephone and online work is extensive. I have worked ‘in-house’ for Employee Assistance Plans (EAPs) and continue to do so as an affiliate therapist with EAP companies.

With remote work, I need to be mindful of whether the issues clients present are appropriate to explore and work with ‘outside’ the therapy room. If you are interested in contacting me to work remotely the first step is for me to send you my Client Working Agreement that outlines confidentiality, cost, complaints procedure, and so on. I ask clients to confirm their agreement to this. We would then have a confidential, comprehensive conversation in which to discuss the issues that are causing concern or distress, including your general mental wellbeing, any medication you may be taking, and other professional help you may be receiving, as well as potential risk. This replicates the process of face-to-face practice.

As with all therapy, whether it be face-to-face or remote, there is frequent evaluation as to how this is going. This is a two-way process as I believe that all clients are really their own analysts.

My Ethos & Experience

My belief is that daily life, stresses of family, work and society can create challenges for us all. Whether working with individuals or couples, my practice is integrative and takes an holistic view of the person and issues presented. My practice has evolved over the years and I find now is particularly influenced by compassion focused therapy, mindfulness and the mind/body connection.

With over twenty years’ experience, I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am also registered with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO).

I was originally selected by and trained with Relate UK in the late 90’s. I qualified as an integrative therapist to work with couples and individuals with a specific focus on relationships. In later years I qualified as a hypno-psychotherapist, studied Buddhist psychotherapy and mindfulness and continue to study Compassion Focused Therapy. All my studies are integrated into my practice to enable me to work with the mind/body connection and think about ways in which the past influences our current life situation, and how the influence of systemic factors (e.g., relationships, family, race, culture, work, gender, sexuality, dis-ability, age) also contribute to our concerns, dilemmas and life struggles. I am privileged that my training in these areas has enabled me to work in the UK and Europe.

Practice contexts:
Private practice
EAP
Corporate and third sector organisations
Critical Incidents
Education – student counsellors and corporate organisations.

Continuing Professional Development:
Time and society continually change, and as an accredited therapist I am obliged to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) every year. I seek to find courses and workshops that explore how the stresses of life can be reduced and our own sense of wellbeing and emotional resilience is enhanced. I therefore focus on ways to work effectively and creatively with clients to help them meet their needs.

Specialist areas:
Relationships
Identity, life direction, belief scripts, menopause/mid-life
Depression, anxiety, stress
Bereavement, loss
Trauma

Accreditation/registration:
Senior Accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO)

Professional memberships:
BACP Workplace Division
BACP Spirituality Division
The Compassionate Mind Foundation

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