About

Claire Thomson BSc MSC PG Dip MBACP(Accred)

I began work as a psychotherapist in 2000 following a career in the NHS as a speech therapist. I have worked as a counsellor in a variety of settings: QM University student counselling, No 21 Counselling agency and Couples Counselling Lothian, as well as in private practice.

My specialism is relationship work. I have additional training in this area with Relate Scotland but the most important training I have received is Professor Susan Johnson’s Emotion Focused Therapy. I have completed both the Externship in EFT and the Advanced EFT Skills Programmes with Sue Johnson and other EFT trainers. I have also completed online training with Esther Perel, Dr Bill Docherty and Dr John Gottman who are all eminent couples’ therapists/researchers and trainers based in the US.

Relationship Counselling Edinburgh is an inclusive psychotherapy practice dedicated to relationship work with both couples and individual clients. I work positively with people of all ethnicities, with people of any sexual identity and of any sexual orientation and with people of any religious or non-religious beliefs.

My work is supported by the following:

  • I attend monthly sessions with experienced supervisor who oversees my clinical practice
  • Every year I complete BACP approved Continuing Professional Development events such as attending the annual British EFT conference in London. www.beftcommunity.org
  • I also attend other local professional meetings and lectures
  • I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling www.bacp.co.uk
  • Life member of ICCEFT – International Centre for Clinical Excellence in Emotion Focused Therapy www.iceeft.com

MBACP (Accred) Registered Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

As a Registered Accredited Member of BACP, Claire Thomson follows their code of Ethics and Practice and is subject to the Association’s complaints procedures.

Claire Thomson is registered with the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is approved of by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

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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