Our Trainee Counsellors


Here you can learn a bit more about our wonderful trainee counsellors who are committed to grow and develop as professionals providing quality counselling to KASP’s survivors. 

Isla Beattie

I have been volunteering for KASP since March 2019 whilst studying her Counselling and Psychotherapies Dip at University. I have a busy life juggling full time work as a nurse in critical care, army reserves. I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy munching her way round Edinburgh's food scene, walking my dog in the hills and taking on yearly fitness adventures that have previously taken me trekking in Nepal, cycling round Finland and horse back riding across outer Mongolia. My key focus areas in counselling are childhood trauma and PTSD but I am always expanding my knowledge to ensure her clients get the best out of therapy.

Deborah Marku

I have been volunteering at KASP since August 2019 as part of my training placement. I am currently studying for MSc at Abertay and now entering my third and final year. I am very grateful to be a part of the KASP team, see the benefits it provides to clients and hope to help to promote KASP's ethos - BELIEVE, SUPPORT & LISTEN. My approach is Pluralistic, to re-orientate therapy around a client's wishes to fully engage with each client's individuality. I also volunteer at another local charity providing counselling support to parents with young children. I have a busy life, working full time in a family business but enjoy travelling with family, walking my dog and cooking up new dishes at the weekends!

Dani Cernichairro

My name is Dani and I am currently a student at Edinburgh University and a volunteer with KASP. I have a background in psychological studies and moved into studying psychotherapy and counselling in 2016. I currently volunteer for both KASP and for a charity which provides therapy to children. I have trained in both Psychodynamic and Person-Centred therapy, and I practice with an integrative approach.

Erin Stewart

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Elizabeth Edgar

I am a counsellor in training, in my final year of a Master of Counselling at Edinburgh University. KASP was my first placement almost two years ago when I first started working with clients. Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse has been incredibly rewarding and important work. I feel exceptionally lucky to have been given the opportunity to work at KASP, especially during my training. Everyone here has been so warm, accepting and supportive. I work within a Person Centred and Psychodynamic framework. My approach is about giving you the time and space to explore what is important for you. You set the pace and direction and I will support you during your process.

Kate Hogg

I have a background working in mental health as a support worker and a Horticultural therapist. I trained in Reflexology and complimentary medicine, which helped to tie in working with people and my passion of plants and gardening. I have also been a Samaritan volunteer. I think Kasp is unique and a valuable service, as it offers as much time as possible to survivors allowing people to go at their own pace on their counselling journey.