April Parkins offers individual therapy at Wellspring. 

My aim is to provide an open and non-judgemental space for you, within which we can think together about the things that have brought you to therapy. I work in a way that is explorative and non-directive. As I listen and respond to what you are telling me, we will find our way forward, helping you to gain more understanding of your experiences, and make clearer meanings of relationships and feelings. My approach is mainly psychodynamic, which means that I am interested in things that may be below the surface, and are a less familiar but important part of our inner lives. I am interested in the ways that our identity and relationships have been shaped by our early relationships with other people, and in the ways that we have been affected by our experiences. By gaining understanding of our patterns, themes, and areas of vulnerability we can become more accepting of ourselves.

In therapeutic settings, I have experience with a wide range of issues. My initial training was as a music therapist and I am registered with the HCPC. I qualified as a counsellor in 2006, first with a Diploma and then an MSc from Edinburgh University. I am an accredited member of BACP and abide by its Ethical Framework. I have a Certificate in counselling supervision from COSCA, and I am also qualified in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).

In the past, I have worked with students training to be music therapists and I now teach on the postgraduate Diploma in Counselling course at Edinburgh University. I work in several other settings where, in addition to counselling, I offer supervision and GIM.