The Spark’s team of Edinburgh Counsellors are highly experienced in all aspects of counselling and psychotherapy. Available to provide counselling to clients face-to-face*, online or by telephone, our Counsellors work extensively with individuals, couples, families and children and young people.
Recently we spoke to Dorothy Jappy – one of our Edinburgh counsellors – to learn a bit more about her and the services available from The Spark.
How did your journey to becoming a professional counsellor start?
Earlier in my career I worked in an education setting and young people regularly approached me for support.I hadn’t felt equipped to do this in a safe and effective way so I really wanted to learn how I could. That was when Idecided to study for a Certificate in Counsellingqualification.
A volunteer opportunity arose soon after that with Parentline Scotland and I spent three years talking through concerns with callers, using my counselling skills. I was fortunate that a role as Helpline Supervisor came up and I got the job.
How did you end up joining The Spark Counselling Edinburgh?
During that time,I became very aware that relationships were at the core of the issues coming through.These relationships between adults and children, between children, and relationships between adults were all impacting on young people.Again, I became interested, and wanted to learn more so I applied and was accepted tojoin the Diploma in Relationship Counsellingprogramme with The Spark.
My journey continues to this day. I see it as a positive cycle: you get interested and you want to know more, and the more you know the more you want to know.I have continued studying and training because I find it fascinating and because I want to offer the best service I can to clients.
What do you think makes The Spark such a popular counselling service?
The Spark is really committed to continuous professional development for counsellors. Naturally, clients benefit from a highly skilledservice as a result and that is certainly an attraction.
Our team of Edinburgh counsellors are based in the Eric Liddell Centre, a converted church that is a real community hub. There is always lots going on which means no one will know why you are there.Our counselling rooms arequiet and private, and discretion is assured from the moment you arrive.
In four words, sum up The Spark Counselling Edinburgh