Populi Therapy Counselling in Edinburgh



Welcome to Alastair MacKinnon Counselling

I believe that when we’re stuck in a difficult place - in our relationships, at work or at home, we often struggle with the belief that it can be different.

My aim is to help you discover the change that you want to make and to help you bring that about.

Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, sexuality, relationship problems, anger, are recently bereaved or just feel that life is getting on top of you and you are struggling to cope, I can support you to understand more clearly what’s going on and create new ways to think about yourself and your relationships with others.

I provide friendly and supportive counselling services in Edinburgh. My practice is easily reached from East Lothian and Midlothian. I am near to frequent bus routes and with ample free parking.

Make the next step and contact me on 07788 106671 or email me here.



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I am a qualified counsellor, Registered Member of the BACP , and a counselling member of COSCA with a career that has also included senior posts in the public and charity sectors. My work experience has often helped me to understand the difficulties that we can face in our lives.

What can I offer?
I offer counselling in Edinburgh to adults, couples and young people(16+) from all backgrounds who are experiencing difficulties with a wide range of issues, including :

  • Stress
  • Workplace issues
  • Relationships (also see Couple Therapy section)
  • Panic Attacks
  • Coping with Anxiety
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Addictions issues
  • Gender/Sexuality
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Coping at college


I also have a lot of experience of providing counselling for people who are having issues with their sexuality and relationships, whatever the sexual orientation involved.
I am also experienced in working with people who are looking for counselling that takes account of their faith or spirituality.

Are there other things happening to you at the moment that counselling may help you with?
I am professionally trained to listen to your problems, and to do so with an open mind. I will try to understand as fully as possible what you come with and how it is affecting your life. It's not my role to judge or to provide quick fixes. As a counsellor I will work with you to help you use your own inner resources, so that you can cope and respond to the issues you are facing.



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Making initial contact

After a conversation over the phone or by email (if email -I would also prefer to speak to you on the phone ), we can agree a time for an initial consultation. This initial meeting only is charged at a lower fee of £25.
For couples, the initial meeting only is £35 per couple.

At the first meeting we will have an opportunity to meet each other and discuss why you are seeking counselling, and then to agree whether we wish to go on and work together. We would also agree at what times sessions will take place, and how many sessions we initially agree to meet for.
If you are unemployed, a trainee counsellor or a student, I sometimes have reduced cost sessions available, please ask me about this.
I am registered with a major EAP as a provider; please ask me if this may apply to you.

You can contact me on 07788 106671 or email me here.

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