fiona Blair School Counsellor
My journey into Counselling involved Qualifying as a Nurse in the 1990s, a period as a district nurse and HIV specialist in Pilton and Muirhouse; in some ways quite a journey for a Fettes girl. I worked in Milestone House, an AIDS Hospice as well. This led to taking a degree in Counselling, initially to work with those caught up in the cycle of drug abuse in Edinburgh and beyond. I am BACP qualified and accredited and have 30 years' experience in working with and Counselling Young people.
I work 15 hours a week and see approximately 20 boys each week, for any number of reasons, from mild anxiety to traumatic bereavement.
Nick Blair, my husband and I met before we came to the School (in 2004) and have a joint passion to build and sustain the unique community of pupils and staff, which is Merchiston.
We live on site with our 3 children, and run Open House for the students 2 nights a week.
I love going for runs, book group nights, and am very involved with a charity called Our Neighbours in Zimbabwe.
In July 2019, I returned from a 2 week trip to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, where we have been very closely involved for 10 years with a charity called Our Neighbours. They run an orphanage, soup kitchen, medical programme and outreach to the poorest of the poor: it has been a delight to see a growing interest in the School in this project.
The family and I are also very involved in our local church.
Too many favourite memories to choose! Meals with staff friends, curries with the boys at our house...but perhaps most of all simply having the privilege of “being there” at some life changing and defining moments for staff and pupils alike.