Through the Woods Therapy – Jude Sevestre

Counselling and Psychotherapy – what it means to me

The therapy room of a counsellor fills with a different story each time a person walks in. Within these stories we can come across so many moments of difficulty, survival, trauma, healing, stuckness, resilience and courage. For me therapy is not about making you feel, think or behave differently, it’s about understanding how you got to where you are, explore the origins of your feelings and responses, finding ways to process and integrate this into your story, and only then look at how you want to move forward.

‘Through the Woods’ for me is a metaphorical space where I can meet a person who feels they are not (yet) ‘out of the woods’ and perhaps finding it difficult or painful to be there by themselves. They might feel stuck, lost, or unsure there is any way forward. Through talking therapy in a safe space I can meet you where you are and see if we can navigate our way through any difficulties you’re experiencing, whilst appreciating the circumstances and experiences you’ve encountered on the way.


My name is Jude, I am a Counsellor, Psychotherapist (PG Dip level, MBACP) and Counselling Supervisor in training, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

I am a relational, integrative TA (Transactional Analysis) therapist with particular interest in working with unconscious processes, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, self harm, existential issues, creative blocks, relational conflicts, LGBTQI+ related issues, and mental health symptoms related to the hormonal cycle, such as endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, PMT and menopause. I will often make psychoeducation (such as polyvagal theory) a part of our work, to better help you understand what you might be experiencing. I find this to be particularly helpful when working with anxiety, depression and trauma.

I have over 3 years of experience in working within a Further Educational setting as Counselling Lead with Edinburgh College. I have worked with students in counselling on a short term basis (6-12 sessions) and have additional experience of working in open ended therapy. Within my private practice I am happy to work either on a short or long term basis.

I received my training through Physis Training, Edinburgh, where I acquired my COSCA diploma in Counselling using Transactional Analysis in November 2016. My 2 year placement as volunteer counsellor at the time of my training was with Gay Men’s Health and LGBT Health and Wellbeing.

I am currently enrolled in a Supervision in counselling diploma course (COSCA accredited) with Ellesmere Counselling Training. I hope to finalise my training in 2024. If you are a counsellor or trainee counsellor looking for a supervisor based in Edinburgh, or for online supervision work, I currently offer sessions for free. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.