Cairn Counselling



Sharayah Sinek

I am a qualified counsellor with a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Edinburgh University, where I was trained in both the person-centred and psychodynamic approach. My work is primarily informed by the psychodynamic approach, in which we explore how past experiences and relationships are influencing choices, values, beliefs and relationships with others in the present. Having said that, my sessions are led by you as the client, as I believe you are the expert in your internal world. My role is to facilitate you; in a safe and non-judgemental space, to explore what may be going on for you and how it may be effecting you. I believe in the importance of a trusting relationship and that this is the foundation for therapy. Through empathy and containment, I hope to enable you to explore the edges that may feel painful and uncomfortable, as to empower change.

After a degree in Psychology, my experience has been working in the field of acute mental health with adults and young people. I then pursued becoming a counsellor, in which I have worked with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues including: bullying and harassment in the work place, low self-esteem, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, relationship issues, sexuality and intimacy, gender identity and transitioning, grief and loss, trauma, complex trauma and PTSD, abuse, cultural issues, change, anger management, and addiction.

If you would like to find out more about working with me I suggest an initial appointment. Starting therapy can sometimes feel a bit daunting so this initial meeting can support you to find out more about me and the process before you decide if it is the right step for you at the current time. I look forward to hearing from you.

* As a member of COSCA I am bound by their code of ethics. As well as this, I follow BACP standards and procedures that guide my work.


Haley Clifford

Hello, and a warm welcome to Cairn Counselling. My name is Haley, and I am a counsellor here in Edinburgh with experience working with a wide variety of clients and issues, including: depression, anxiety, social issues, addiction, post-natal depression, trauma, gender identity, and eating disorders. I have a Masters in Counselling from the University of Edinburgh, where I trained in the person-centred and psychodynamic approaches; while these both inform my work with clients, I orient myself as a psychodynamic practitioner. As a member of COSCA, I practice within the context of ethical guidelines and standards.

I am very passionate about my work as a counsellor, and I have felt deeply privileged to sit alongside my clients journeys. I believe it is important to pay attention to the whole person, hearing about both their internal world and external landscape. Above all, I work in a therapeutic space which is characterised by empathy, acceptance and exploration. I look forward to hopefully accompanying and supporting you in a process of growth and transition.