My name’s Esther Walker and I’m an Edinburgh based Gestalt counsellor and massage therapist working from Dialogue & Space in Leith. I offer online and face-to-face counselling, trauma-aware massage therapy and short courses to develop emotional skills and explore relationship themes – for example:

  • Letting go of Anxiety
  • Debate not Hate
  • What does it mean to be a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’
  • Boundaries and touch
  • Taking care of self/taking care of other…

We can all lose heart at times, feel disillusioned and powerless to influence anything. Covid-19 may have intensified these feelings – changing our circumstances, restricting our social and physical contact, challenging our view of ourselves in the world.

Online working, anxiety and a lack of human touch can leave our bodies feeling tense and numb.

We know that eventually life will return to some normality. But in the meantime, how have these times impacted on our sense of self, relationships, priorities? What changes will help us reconnect with what’s important?

In seeking counselling, you’re giving yourself opportunity to find out what’s going on and (re)discover your interest and enjoyment of life and relationships.

Swedish massage therapy will calm an anxious nervous system, awaken sensory experience and reconnect body with mind. It brings feelings of relaxation, peace, and restoration that anyone can enjoy.

However, for some, the idea of massage is daunting and additional attention is needed to help them feel comfortable. By providing this level of attention, I aim to extend the benefits of massage to those for whom safety is a priority.

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This approach may particularly interest those wishing to explore massage alongside their work with a psychotherapist.

For both counselling and massage, we’ll agree at the outset what outcomes you’re looking for, so we have a way of judging progress.

A member of the Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation.