Why Bespoke?

Bespoke Counselling comprises three fully qualified counsellors/psychotherapists. Each of us offer slightly differing areas of experience, and we are all committed to maintaining the highest standards of therapy. As a new client you may choose which of us to work with, or provide us with some details and we will choose who we believe is best suited to your needs.

Each of us is qualified to practice using both the psychodynamic and person centred modalities. This offers us an extensive overview of counselling in its broadest sense. As such, we are able to ‘tailor’ the therapy to the precise need of each client. By choosing to work together, we believe the resulting ‘synergy’ imparts a dynamic and creative environment for the benefit of each client.

We offer sessions lasting 60 minutes.

Meet the team…

Fiona Murray

Psychotherapist/Counsellor  (Pg Dip, BEd (Hons), MBACP, MCOSCA*)

I recognise that going to see a counsellor is a brave step and the work done in sessions can be challenging. For this reason I am committed to making counselling as comfortable as possible for my clients, working in a non-judgemental way, in order to create a space where clients can feel safe.

I am a fully qualified and certified counsellor/psychotherapist and am registered with both BACP and COSCA professional organisations and adhere to their ethical guidelines. I trained in the ‘dialogue’ between the Person-Centred Approach and the Psychodynamic Tradition. I am currently undertaking the Professional Doctorate course in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh.

I have counselling experience of a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, shame, eating disorders, addiction, self-harm, loss and bereavement, relationship issues, sexual abuse, sexuality, gender and identity issues, termination, miscarriage, adoption, infertility, still-birth, post-natal depression (male and female) and also children’s counselling. I am happy to work with a wide range of people and issues, taking my lead from you.

I am available equally for people in crises as well as people looking for personal development, working either on a long term and more in depth basis or in a shorter and more focused way. I am committed to confidentiality and respect for your autonomy. I am also committed to regular supervision, CPD and I am a fully insured practitioner.

*MCOSCA as of April 2014

Maria Hann

Psychotherapist/Counsellor (PG Dip, BSc (Hons), MBACP, MCOSCA*)

I am a Certified Counsellor psychotherapist, registered with BACP & COSCA, offering confidential and experienced counselling and psychotherapy for individuals in Edinburgh. I have experience working with trauma, depression, low self-esteem, sexual abuse, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, and grief, sexuality, gender and identity issues. I understand how important therapy is I commit to provide a safe space where you can talk and explore your personal circumstances. We work at your rhythm therefore I offer time limited or longer term counselling in a caring and compassionate environment.

I trained in the ‘dialogue’ between Person Centre and Psychodynamic approaches at the University of Edinburgh.  I have worked with vulnerable adults since 2000, in a wide range of environments, including care, support work, case work and counselling for people with emotional issues, physical disabilities, emotional or learning difficulties, historical abuse and relationships and behaviours difficulties. I also have experience working with transitions and relocation issues.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework of good practice. In line with professional standards, I have regular supervision and I am insured.  I also undertake regular training and personal and professional development in order to maintain my knowledge and skills.

I am bilingual in Spanish and English.

*MCOSCA as of April 2014

Psychotherapist/Counsellor (PG Dip, BSc (Hons), MBACP, MCOSCA)

Yo soy una psicoterapeuta profesional y certificada, registrada con BACP & COSCA. En Edimburgo ofrezco consultoría psicológica confidencial y experimentada. Tengo experiencia de trabajo con trauma, depresión, baja autoestima, abuso sexual, ansiedad, estrés, dificultades de pareja, manejo del dolor, sexualidad y problemas de identidad entre otras áreas. Personal y profesionalmente entiendo la importancia de la terapia y me comprometo en proporcionar un espacio seguro donde se puede hablar y explorar circunstancias personales. En mi trabajo respeto el ritmo personal de cada individuo, por lo tanto ofrezco consultoría psicológica limitada o a largo plazo en un entorno seguro, humano y sensible.

Me he formado en la Universidad de Edimburgo. He trabajado con adultos vulnerables desde el año 2000, en una amplia variedad de entornos, incluyendo asistencia, apoyo, casos críticos y asesoramiento a personas con problemas emocionales, discapacidades físicas, emocionales o dificultades de aprendizaje, abuso sexual histórico y dificultades de comportamiento. También he trabajado con personas que han encontrado difícil su transición y reubicación, en nuevas culturas y países.

Soy un miembro activo de (BACP) British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy y ester sujeta a su marco ético de práctica profesional. En consonancia con las normas profesionales mensualmente atiendo a mi supervisión, estoy asegurada y tomo constante capacitación y desarrollo personal y profesional a fin de mantener mis conocimientos y habilidades.

Soy bilingüe y mi lengua materna es el Español.

Clare McAteer

Counsellor/Psychotherapist (PG Dip, BA (Hons), MBACP, MCOSCA)

There are times when life feels challenging, difficult, frightening or simply ‘flat’ and it may be hard to see a clear way forward. Counselling can be a powerful dynamic for change; it offers clarity and hope by bringing focus and understanding.  The decision to enter into a counselling relationship may feel daunting, yet the benefits can be immeasurable.  Facing the reality of who we are requires trust and commitment from both client and counsellor.  Brief periods of reflection may be as helpful as longer-term work.

You may be considering counselling because you want to work on a specific problem, such as bereavement or relationship issues.  However, counselling isn’t always about resolving a problem; it can also help you develop as a person, make the most of your abilities, and find a better way of living.

I trained at the University of Edinburgh in both Person Centred and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and offer counselling using elements from both these perspectives.  This allows me to accept the client fully and also respond to the patterns of behaviour and unconscious traits we all carry with us.

I have experience of working with adults, young people and children, in both long and short-term therapy.

Flexible Meeting Times

Depending on availability it may be possible to meet weekdays, evenings or weekends.


£50 (negotiable) for an hour session with an initial session of 30 mins for £25

Contact Us

Call us on (0131) 550 3790 or email info@bespokecounselling.co.uk

How does counselling work?

Our logo symbolises the multiplicity of parts contained in the mind of each person.  We understand that a person has feelings on different levels and can feel very low on one level but joyful on another.  We aim to value every part of our client and see them as a whole person and not as a symptom or an emotion.

As professional counsellors, we are trained and experienced in receiving this narrative in an attentive and dynamic way: each re-telling will be different in subtle ways, and as you hear yourself speak, new thoughts may arise. We notice these small changes, and work with you to increase your awareness and altering perception. Physical responses, as well as thought processes, are linked to gain a more complete understanding and broader perspective.

Our counselling service is absolutely confidential. This will be discussed further at your initial appointment.

Arrange a session

Please get in touch with us to arrange your initial 30 minute session