Tori Barker Ross

Supervision and Counselling in Carlisle and Edinburgh

Counselling Supervision in Carlisle and Edinburgh
I offer one-to-one supervision and consultation for counsellors, therapists and other practitioners seeking a collaborative and creative approach to supporting and developing their work.

I hold a Diploma in Integrative and Adlerian Supervision and have more than 12 years’ experience as a supervisor in a clinical setting as well as in private practice where my supervisees bring a variety of issues from anxiety and depression to gender dysphoria and family counselling.

I also supervise trainee counsellors as well as established independent counsellors based in or near Carlisle and Edinburgh.

Counselling in Carlisle and Edinburgh
I have over 20 years’ varied experience as a counsellor, with a particular interest and expertise in grief therapy and the existential crisis that comes with terminal diagnosis. As a Registered Member of BACP, I'm committed to providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment for people to explore the issues which are troublesome for them. This can be on on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, but the aim of the therapy is always to enable you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

New to Counselling?
If you haven't seen a counsellor or therapist previously, you might be a little uncertain about what to expect or even how it might be helpful. You may find the page called About Counselling useful, but essentially counselling is about being carefully listened to, about being able to express out loud your thoughts and feelings rather than trying to understand or analyse them in your head alone. Being well listened to can help you to listen to yourself a little differently and this can bring about helpful changes in how you view the problem you are facing.

People decide to seek counselling for many reasons: because they are experiencing difficulties in their relationships or because they are handling far too much stress or anxiety in their lives. Sometimes people seek counselling because they are experiencing persistent low mood or a sense of being weighed down with negative feelings.

Some of the areas I might be able to help you with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Panic Attacks
  • Redundancy
  • Relationships
  • Stress

    As a supervisor and as a counsellor I work from an Integrative/Adlerian approach, drawing on other therapeutic models including
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Gestalt
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-Centred approach
  • Transactional Analysis

    What is an Integrative/Adlerian approach and how can it help?
    There are many different models of counselling and while my core training (1996 - 2000) was in Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling which is built on the philosophical work of Alfred Adler, I have inevitably come across many other sorts of counselling models and ideas.

    As a practising counsellor and supervisor, committed to and interested in the well-being of my clients, I have actively studied several therapeutic models, including Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, the Person-Centred approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. In common with many experienced counsellors, I incorporate ideas from these models in order to facilitate a reliable, supportive and ethically confidential therapeutic relationship in a safe space where people can share their innermost thoughts and feelings without being judged or criticised. Honest, open, attentive face-to-face dialogue can provide the foundation for increased understanding and insight.

    It would not be easy to find another author from which so much has been borrowed on all sides without acknowledgement than Alfred Adler.
    Henri Frédéric Ellenberger (1905 – 1993) Ellenberger was a Canadian psychiatrist remembered chiefly for his study of the history of dynamic psychiatry.

    Find me in Carlisle or Edinburgh
    I am able to offer counselling and supervision from two bases:
  • My counselling and supervision in practice in Carlisle is less than ten minutes’ walk from Carlisle Railway Station, only five minutes from the Bus Station and a short, straightforward drive from the M6 (junctions 44 or 43). On-street parking is available.

  • My counselling and supervision practice in Edinburgh is in the Old Town, just off Canongate and the 35 bus route. Waverley station is within ten minutes’ walk.

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