My name’s Esther Walker and I’m a Gestalt counsellor working from offices near Haymarket in Edinburgh. I offer face-to-face and online sessions in a collaborative process that aims to resolve distress by supporting your vitality (aliveness in body/mind) and personal resource (knowledge, understanding, skills).
I work with 3 complementary practices:
- Gestalt counselling resolves patterns of experience (thought, belief, behaviour, movement) that echo the past and cause problems in the present
- Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) releases somatic memories (related to trauma or attachment disruption) which your body remembers but which are outside your conscious awareness
- Swedish Massage Therapy (SMT) relaxes areas of your body that hold stress and awakens your sensory exerience.
For further information on these, please scroll down.
On the ‘Approach‘ page there’s information about what to expect if you work with me.
And on ‘About Me’ page you can find more about my training, CPD and support.
Gestalt offers a practical approach to exploring and resolving difficult feelings and situations. We’ll pay attention to your physical experience (as well as what you think and say) and help you to try things out so that you learn by doing. In this way, you’ll benefit from:
- greater self-awareness
- new understanding of how relationships work and of your own experience of relationships
- greater flexibility in how you approach and respond to the world
- greater access to feelings of satisfaction, hope, contentment, excitement, warmth and love (and acceptance of feelings of anger, envy, loss…)
At the outset we’ll agree what outcomes you’re looking for so we have a way of judging progress.
Deep Brain Reorienting
Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a relatively new approach in the treatment of trauma. It was developed by Scottish psychiatrist Frank Corrigan, to help clients integrate unresolved experiences that shocked the nervous system.
Repeated shocks sensitise the midbrain (where our fight/flight/freeze response is located) so that relatively small triggers then create states of panic/hyperarousal. DBR works with the midbrain, releasing the shock response so that the emotions connected to the traumatic experience can be expressed and processed.
Swedish Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy complements both Gestalt and DBR by supporting your connection with your bodily experience. The aim of massage is to work physically to influence the body’s systems and benefit you by reducing stress, anxiety, muscular tension and increasing your sensitivity and body awareness.
For those who have experienced trauma, the body can feel like alien territory where unwanted sensations and feelings suddenly take over, or where little familiar, solid ground can be found. By working slowly and collaboratively, massage can support a greater awareness of, and connection with, your body.
Where I work
My work room is on Coates Place, a 5 minute walk from Haymarket Station, and on main bus routes into and out of the city.
It’s in the basement and, unfortunately, has no wheelchair access. There are steps up to the main door of the building and then two short flights down to me. If you have any concerns about access then please ask me/let me know.
There are bicycle racks on Atholl Crescent (just off Shandwick Place), and on West Maitland Street. Car parking is tricky during the day but gets easier in the evening.
Address: Suite 7, 3 Coates Place, Edinburgh EH3 7AA