Dr Fiona Wilson
Founder & Clinical Director
I am a registered member of the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Degrees And Education
My professional qualifications are:
- BA Hons (1st Class) – University College Dublin
- PhD (Psychology) – University College Dublin
- Certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery – Harvard University
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.ClinPsychol) – Edinburgh University
I have over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults who have been struggling with a wide range of difficulties in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. These include but are not limited to: anxiety, adjustment difficulties, depression, phobias, panic, stress, self-harm, interpersonal/relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, anger, and traumatic experiences.
In my private practice, I mainly work with adults. In particular, I see a lot of students at the practice and help them to adjust to the challenges of university life. I have a long-standing special interest in helping people who have experienced trauma. I also have a special interest and experience in mental health and psychological problems related to sports performance and I provide support to a number of professional sporting bodies in Scotland, working with their elite athletes who may be struggling with performance-related issues in their sport due to personal or professional issues.
My Therapeutic Approach
In my clinical practice I like to draw on a range of evidence-based therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). I also use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). EMDR is a clinical treatment which is effective in treating individuals who have experienced psychological difficulties arising from traumatic experiences, such as assault, road traffic accidents, war trauma, torture, natural or man-made disasters, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. EMDR is also increasingly used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma-related, such as panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, self-esteem issues and other anxiety-related disorders.
I am also a trained Mindfulness teacher and like to incorporate it into my therapeutic work where I feel that it would benefit my clients. Overall, I offer an integrative approach, adapting the way I work according to each individual client’s needs in order to provide a uniquely tailored service. No two individuals are the same and I believe that should be reflected within the therapeutic focus.