Claire Thomson BSc. MSc. PG Dip. PG Dip.

Snr Accred. Member of BACP Coaching, Counselling & Psychotherapy divisions

Claire started her career as a Speech and Language Pathologist and Therapist working both in the NHS and in her own private practice.  After 11 years in Speech Therapy and teaching English as a second language, Claire moved into the broader communications realms of PR and Marketing.  She spent a number of years in Hong Kong, working in the music industry. Her return to the UK saw her turn back to her clinical roots and re-train as a psychotherapist. Claire has run her own private practice in Edinburgh for over 15 years, specialising in relationship/couples work and parallel to her clinical work, Claire has also worked in the world of property.  Claire’s specialism is communication and relationship work, in particular. Claire enjoys working with people supporting them towards achieving their personal and business goals whether that be through therapy or coaching. 

“I find the work very exciting and I love watching people grow and change to become the best versions of themselves and enjoy their best lives! “


  • Accredited Award in Coaching, Association of Coaching, Coaching Direct, Edinburgh
  • Advanced Externship in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, ICEEFT, Milan & Dublin
  • Post Grad Dip Relationship Counselling, Relationship Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Post Grad Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh
  • MSc Human Communication City University, London 
  • BSc Speech and Language Pathology & Therapy Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy – Counselling & Coaching Divisions www.bacp.co.uk
As a Registered member of BACP, Claire Thomson follows their Code of Ethics and Practice.  The BACP Register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
Member of the Coaching Direct organisation of coaches in Edinburgh 
Life member of ICEEFT, The international Centre for Clinical Excellence in Emotion Focus Therapy www.iceeft.com
Membership of the British Emotion Focus Therapy organisation BEFT. www.beft.com 
Claire Thomson has been cleared through the Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Scheme

Client testimonial

“Your modus operandi was extremely professional and thoughtfully put to us both. Your recommendation was first class.”

“We now know that love is, in actuality, the pinnacle of evolution, the most compelling survival mechanism of the human species. Not because it induces us to mate and reproduce. We do manage to mate without love! But because love drives us to bond emotionally with a precious few others who offer us safe haven from the storms of life. Love is our bulwark, designed to provide emotional protection so we can cope with the ups and downs of existence. This drive to emotionally attach — to find someone to whom we can turn and say “Hold me tight” — is wired into our genes and our bodies. It is as basic to life, health, and happiness as the drives for food, shelter, or sex. We need emotional attachments with a few irreplaceable others to be physically and mentally healthy — to survive.”

Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

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